Introduction: How to Brew Turkish Coffee

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If the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful, and if there is simply no place to go, brew some coffee!

Lets learn how to brew some Turkish style coffee!

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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To make Turkish style coffee, you will need the following:
  • A Turkish Ibrik/Cezve- $18.00- You can find them all over the web. The ibrik is the main tool you will need to brew Turkish coffee. It is also called a cezve.
  • A hot stove
  • Ground Turkish coffee. I used normal coffee beans, but what makes it Turkish is the way it is ground. Go to the supermarket, and the machine should have a setting where you can grind it "Turkish." It was the finest setting at my supermarket. Turkish ground coffee should be very fine.

Of course, real Turkish coffee would be super, but we are in a recession.

Step 2: Prepping

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If you want your coffee to be sweeter, then first add a little bit of sugar to ibrik. Next, take your ibrik and fill it to the start of the neck with water. Sometimes, there is something indicating where the the water line should be, but on mine I just had to guess. By not filling the ibrik up to the top, you give room for the foam to rise, which I will describe later.

Once you have your water in the ibrik, add the coffee grounds to the ibrik. Now, for the amount of grounds you add. I added two heaping teaspoons. There is really no definite amount, because some people like it strong, others not so strong. I like mine strong, so I used two heaping teaspoons.

When you add the grounds to the ibrik, make sure you just drop them right on the top. Do not stir, just keep the grinds laying on the top. The grinds form a seal between the air and the water, so it takes longer to boil, and results in the grinds foaming at the top.

Step 3: First Boil

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Notice how I said first boil. There are going to be multiple boils. Place it on a low heat. The slower, the better.

After a couple minutes, pay very close attention to the ibrik. The grounds will start to boil and foam up. Once they begin to foam and fill up the neck, remove the ibrik from the heat source. Now, let the foam settle.

Step 4: Second, Third, Fourth Boil

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Once the froth has settled from the first boil, place the ibrik back onto the heat source. Let the grounds foam up again, and remove it from the heat source just like you did with the first boil.

The third and fourth boils are completely optional. They may add a little more flavor to the coffee, and a little more heat.

Once you have completed all of your boils, there will be a little foam on the top of your ibrik, but most of the grounds have floated to the bottom where they will usually stay.

Step 5: Serve!

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Time to serve! As you can see on your ibrik, the bottom is curved out. This keeps the grounds from coming out when you pour your coffee.

I add cream to my coffee, maybe a little sugar if you didn't before you started. Take the foam, and place it on top of your drink. It is very tasty as well!



alajkin (author)2013-12-02

news about coffee in my blog to read, in Russian

CihanN1 (author)alajkin2016-05-08

very good information. Thank you.

mimaki cg60 (author)2015-12-23

Great instructable, will follow it for sure.
Btw, the "floated to the bottom" part cracked me up xD.

I wonder if you are an html programmer.

Cheers and brew on!!

Viaticus (author)2013-03-08

Well done - brewing Turkish Coffee is a craft and you have presented it very well here!

dinoalexit (author)2011-12-30

How about Brewing Hawaiian Coffee?

For The Single Filter:

An easy way to get an excellent cup of coffee with minimal
cleanup. The filter tends to bring about a clean, bright
cup of coffee. The distinctive flavors of the coffee will
definitely be highlighted. That’s why the filter remains as
one of the best ways to taste single origin coffees!

1. Directions pertain to the single cup style coffee filter
with a #4 size filter.

2. Use three tablespoons of coffee per 8 oz (1 cup) of water.

3. Heat a little more water than needed.

4. Grind the coffee. The grind should be just a little
coarser than an espresso grind. Think table salt.

5. Bring water to a boil (212°F). Then let water either
set in the pot for 20 seconds or pour water into the
measuring cup – lowering the temperature to around
200°F (the proper extraction temperature).

6. Open up the paper filter and put it in the filter holder.
Pour a couple spoonfuls of hot water into the filter to
rinse the paper filter. With ground coffee placed in the
paper filter slowly pour water. Stir the slew as you do
this, allowing all the coffee to be exposed to water.

7. It should take about a minute for most of the coffee to
extract with slight drips still occurring toward the end.
That’s ok. When the coffee has formed a pit in the
middle or when the drops are fewer and far between,
the coffee is ready to be served.

**Use these directions as a guide only. Your tastes will
differ and you should honor that. Play around with the
variables – time, temperature, grind to fine-tune your filter.

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josekiamora (author)2008-12-22

dont use the cups as in the picture...use proper ones like this one>> (it doesnt have to be that colorful :D)

Robotrix (author)josekiamora2008-12-25

hi, What difference do you get from using a colorful cup? Both the writer's cup and the one you linked look like white china: is there something specific about your cup?

strayturk (author)Robotrix2011-12-22

Also the thickness of the cup is important too. If it is too thick, the heat of the coffee will be sucked by the cup to bring its temperature up, while cooling the coffee. Ideally the cup should have very thin walls to minimize this.

One other important aspect is how you drink it. The coffee should be super hot, but how will we drink it without burning our mouths?? The key is to slurp it really well. Make a u with your mouth and try to "breathe" the coffee into your mouth, rather than sipping on it. This has a delightful side effect of bringing the full flavor of coffee into your mouth and nose, so as to complete the sensation :)

josekiamora (author)Robotrix2008-12-31

there is a misunderstood its not importatnt if the cup is colorful or not point is the shape of the cup and the picture is just an example with the cups in the instructions ,coffee loses heat very quickly (narrow bottom wider top)but with the original porcelein Turkish coffee cup(cylindrical shape) it stays hot really long time...

Robotrix (author)josekiamora2008-12-31

i see your point, a cylinder would keep the heat much longer. It's also true that turkish coffee is usually drunk from a much smaller demitasse cup, which would mean you could drink it all while it was still hot, right?

aidanjarosgrilli (author)2011-12-07

A Turkish Ibrik/Cezve in Greek, it is called something like a briki or bricki. I have only had the greek coffe and espesso but not turkish, is there and difference to greek coffe?

aabakan (author)2011-07-07

for foam get some of foam when it occurs before boiling, btw there is a coffe style called `yandan carkli` it is boiled without sugar without stirring and served without foam but served with a sugar cube.

rudegirl (author)2011-03-21

that picture you are showing seems like american of french coffee to me turkish coffee should have a thin layer or foam for lack of better word we call it kaimaki here in greece other wise its not drinkable! Also it should be stirred when you add the coffee but before you but it on to boil!!! at least thats the way we make it in greece guys from turkey correct me if im wrong! And no matter what you do dont drink it like an espresso!!! it needs time for the coffee remains to settle on the bottom. Best served with mastic cookies! You woke up some great childhood memories though all of them where during hot summer evenings and not cold winter ones!

3ngin3 (author)2010-01-05

ok really nice instructions :) i'm from turkey as well and josekiamora is right, coffee really loses heat and gets disgusting

zvillesurfer (author)2009-09-22

one time my friends and i decided to go to a middle eastern restaurant and order some turkish coffee. it was the most disgusting thing ever. and we all drink coffee. but we were pretty much drinking straight coffee grounds, and i think we were supposed to let them settle.

morkis (author)2009-07-09

the other thing, if you want some sponges on your coffee like many turkish people. dont mix your coffee with spoon or something else after your coffee is getting warm, for let the oil of coffee go to up. afiyet olsun.

josekiamora (author)2008-12-31

well everyone if you ever visit Turkey....let me in Ankara :D happy new year...

Brennn10 (author)josekiamora2008-12-31

Could you give some tips on how to get it to froth better? I haven't not been able to get a decent amount of froth in my multiple tries. Should I decrease the amount of water?

smacker (author)Brennn102009-04-02

I always use a "Turkish Coffee Cup" of water and same amount of coffee with you and some sugar. Maybe that's why you couldn't get enough froth. Try to decrease the amount of water a bit. Your cup is a little bit big. And a little advice, Take the froth periodically from top of cezve and put into the cup. At the end, fill the coffee very slowly, not to lose the froth. Afiyet olsun. ( Bon appetit. in Turkish )

Gaark (author)smacker2009-06-04

this is probably one of the only types of coffee brew i have not tried. Sounds fantastic, ill have to try and find a cezve in new zealand :D:D

redrua (author)2009-05-06

one more thing I think I need to add. make this coffee after you made barbeque and ate all meat on the rest of the coal embers.This will make the coffee cook in long time and have great taste. My wife always prepare coffee this style when we go to picnic.

fromanny (author)2009-05-06

I've tried to make this about 5 times now with no foam. The coffee tastes great, however, the water always makes it through the coffee "seal" even at really low heat. I am using different kind of pot, but the package said that it could be used for Turkish coffee. Maybe it's that I'm using an electric stove? Very frustrating.

Derin (author)2009-02-21

Oh,how I like to see stuff from my country on this website!

ezginori (author)2008-12-31

Very beautiful photos and a how-to, thank you. Actually, In Turkish "ibrik" is refered to a big water container with a capacity of 10 liters. The correct word is "cezve". I see that you have a copper one, so it is one of the best ones to brew your Turkish coffee in. It is usually served in some special cup smaller than the espresso cups. In restaurants or cafes it comes to table with a glass of cold water or mint schnapps. :) goes better with Turkish delight :) I hope this was helpful, have a nice year.

Brennn10 (author)ezginori2009-01-01

Thanks for your comment! On my turkish coffee container, they referred to it is a cezve, so I will definitely add that bitof information into the instructable. I will have to try and find some turkish coffee cups to round out this treat! Thank you, and have a great new year!

gnomedriver (author)2008-12-25

A piece of Baklava would be fantastic to have with your coffee.

Brennn10 (author)gnomedriver2008-12-26

MMM, oh yes, it has just the right amount of sweetness to top it all off.

Kaelessin (author)2008-12-23

derr! now I want Turkish coffee . . . .Thanks for the instructions though very clear and easier than I expected!!

muzzz (author)2008-12-22
  • I know many turkish people and I never heard of the "no-stir" technique. But if the results taste good, why not, there is no single way of making it.
  • And second, use the same cup you're going to drink the coffee in to measure the water to use. The results will be more consistent.
  • After you finished drinking the coffee, you'll need to see a very thick layer of coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup. That's how you know you used enough coffee. It will look like a coffee paste. That left over coffee is used to tell fortune.
  • You don't drink more than one cup of turkish coffee at a time.
  • For best results, you'll probably need a turkish coffee roast but no harm in trying with cheaper coffee.
Brennn10 (author)muzzz2008-12-22

Thanks for your tips! They really help out those that are new to brewing different styles of coffee.

Kiteman (author)2008-12-22

That sounds really good, and that last shot is excellent.

tercero (author)2008-12-22

Looks like you could do this in a thick bottom sauce pan just as well. What's the advantage of the Ibrik?

josekiamora (author)2008-12-22

but over all great explanation...i felt ashamed since im a Turkis guy and didnt add this before you...thank you

Brennn10 (author)josekiamora2008-12-22

Thanks for your tips! I added the tip for putting it on a low heat. I had it somewhere, I guess it got deleted when i was editing. Anyway, using the ibrik creates a delicious style of coffee, because it doesn't have to go through a filter, and the flavor is directly combined with the water.

josekiamora (author)2008-12-22

dont boil it over full heat...let it heat up slowly...boil it with low heat...

killerjackalope (author)2008-12-22

Rated and featured, great explanation and photos, mind if I add a link to the making coffee 'ible...

Brennn10 (author)killerjackalope2008-12-22

Go for it! Thanks!

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-12-22


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