Introduction: Turkish/ Middle Eastern Coffee
This will teach you how to make Turkish Coffee step by step both with a traditional Turkish coffee pot, and a small sauce pan that a person might have on hand.
A Turkish Coffee pot like seen below can also be called an ibrik and is a metal pot with a flat bottom, that tapers and then has a long lip on the pot so the coffee can boil up. It also has a long handle that stays cool away from heat. This is a brass pot from Egypt.
A small sauce pan can be used instead, but you will not get the same foam prized in turkish coffee.
Step 1: Gather the Items You Need
You will need several things to make Turkish Coffee:
Dark roast coffee- French or espresso either whole bean, or ground fresh at a very fine setting
A coffee grinder if grinding your own beans
A Turkish coffee pot, or a small sauce pan
This coffee will be cooked stovetop
Step 2: Sugar and Water on the Boil
Add 1 Tbsp. of sugar and water to pot and place them on stovetop.
Cook on high until water starts to boil.
Step 3: A Watch Pot Never Boils- Do This Instead
Fresh coffee always tastes better so it's best to grind your coffee right away so while the pot boils get your coffee ready.
It will be about 1 TBSP of ground coffee per pot. Grind as fine as possible. With a blade grinder push the grind button two times or more.
Step 4: Add the Coffee
Remove the coffee from heat and add 1 tbsp of coffee and return to boil.
You might have to stir the coffee in order to mix in- this is okay, and most likely needed with a small sauce pan.
Return to heat
Step 5: 1st Boil
Boil coffee until it reaches the top of your pan and then remove from heat.
Allow coffee to go down, and then return to heat. Do this 3 times.
Step 7: What Not to Do!
Don't over boil this coffee- if you start to notice the bubble getting darker and larger you will lose the foam on the top of the coffee. This foam is prized and sweet, and it takes practice to always maintain it.
Step 8: Serving
This coffee is typically served in little cups on a silver tray, but you can also use any demicups you have around.
Always serve your guests first, to give them the cup with the prized foam.
Step 9: Grounds Are Normal!
There will be grounds in every cup, but the first cup will have far less grounds then the last cup. The finer the grind of the coffee, the less grounds you'll find in your cup.
Also you can avoid pouring the last cup to avoid the grounds also known as sludge.
Step 10: Variations
There are as many ways to make Middle Eastern coffee as their are countires and cultures in that region. Here are a few variations that I've enjoyed.
Add 1 or 2 cardamom pods to infuse that flavor
Add more sugar if you like your coffee take your teeth off kind of sweet
Add a dollop of whipped cream
Add a little heavy cream into the coffee to make it creamy
But no matter how you make it, enjoy it with friends or family and serve it with pride and love.
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