Turkish/ Middle Eastern Coffee

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
1 tablespoon

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.

Step 6:

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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    5 Discussions


    Question 2 years ago on Step 2

    How much water is needed for 1tablespoon of coffee?


    4 years ago

    Excellent i-ble! The only thing I'd add to the "Not to do" step (#7) is "No more stirring" after the 1st boil to preserve the froth.

    Serving Tip: If making coffee for many, start with pouring a little froth in each cup and then fill them all to the top.

    Mass Quantity TIP: To quickly make several cups, mix all ingredients first in a pot, distribute mix into each cup, and then microwave them together following Laura's sequence. Keep an eye on it constantly so the coffee doesn't boil over. Enjoy!


    4 years ago

    Nice Instructable! I bought an ibrik recently and it's tricky but rewarding to make turkish coffee.


    4 years ago

    This is a family tradition for us at Thanksgiving when the entire family is together. My sister and I make this coffee (exactly as you've instructed!) for everyone and we enjoy it after the meal with dessert! Nice post!


    5 years ago

    When I went to Israel... This was my fuel!