Turkish Coffee





Introduction: Turkish Coffee

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Back in the homeland, drinking coffee is a national pastime. Being in the Balkan cultural crossroads we consume every type of coffee and Turkish coffee is one of the most popular drinks. Turkish coffee for us represents a social activity and entertainment in the form of fortunetelling.

Step 1: Materials

Turkish coffee is very easy to make. I tend to buy Turkish coffee from a specialty store because it tastes like the one at home but you can use any type of coffee. The trick is to grind it as finely as possible. You will need an ibrik or any sort of small metal cup you can heat up on the stove and water.


  • Finely ground coffee
  • Water
  • Sugar (optional)


  • Ibrik or a small metal pot or cup
  • Espresso sized cups

Step 2: Preparation

Preparing Turkish coffee is very easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Fill the ibrik or cup with water and bring the water to a boil. When the water boils, turn off the stove. If you are using a gas stove, just turn it off. If you have an electric stove, move the ibrik off the range for the moment.
  2. For each espresso sized cup, put a level teaspoon of coffee into the pot and stir. If you like sweet coffee, add the sugar before you add the coffee. You should get a nice coffee foam on the surface when you stir.
  3. Put the ibrik on top of the range and if you are using a gas stove turn on the low heat
  4. Now this is important: let the coffee boil once more very quickly. It will start to rise and spill out of the pot, so be quick in turning off the heat or removing it from the range if using an electric stove
  5. Pour the coffee into cups immediately

Step 3: Serving

Turkish coffee is usually served in ornate cups about the size of espresso cups. Often, a cube or sugar or other sweets are served with the coffee.

Once the coffee is consumed, you can flip the cup over to get your fortune read. It's a typical pastime after drinking Turkish coffee!


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    Nice ible. Here is a good hint for coffee lovers.

    Traditional way of drinking Turkish Coffee:

    Be sure its sugar-free. Service it with "Turkish Delight" (plain delight) instead of sugar. One bite delight for one or two sips. Make sure you are not chewing delight in your mouth. Just suck it with every sips. I guarantee you will be amazed about taste.

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    Thank you so much!! I love the ritual of making turkish coffee :)

    I am glad! It's fun to make for guests.

    This is interesting. So what is the difference taste wise between this and filter coffee?

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    Ah, good question, PB. Turkish coffee is as strong as a shot of espresso and it has a fuller, richer and more velvety texture then espresso. Filter coffee is a little less intense and more watered down then either of these two.

    That's interesting, I have to try it!

    coffe with lokum(turkish Delight) not sugar and a glass of water

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    I didn't have lokum at home for the photos :( it would have been pretty :)

    we have a lot in Turkey i can sent you lol (yes its pretty:)

    Thank you but no need. I can buy it here at specialty stores and the postage would cost way more then the lokum. It's very thoughtful of you :)

    thank you, so the coffee grounds will not float? and get into your mouth as you drink the coffee? would be better to strain it first like the fench press?

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    The coffee grounds will settle to the bottom of the cup fairly quickly. The trick is to really grind the coffee as finely as possible, like a spice or coco. If you use ground coffee that is corse, like you would for filter coffee, they will float around.

    I got mine when I vacationed in Turkey but some specialty coffee shops carry them. As well you can find cups and pots online at Amazon.

    I got this set in Istanbul :)