Turkish Coffee has a very special place in our culture. In fact this name comes from the method Turkish people use to brew coffee. There are some essential tips of brewing this coffee. But first, let me give a brief introduction to Turkish coffee.
From grinding to brewing and serving Turkish coffee, it’s like a special ceremony. This special drink is a tool for people to share thoughts and feelings. Mostly Turkish people have this unique coffee after their breakfast. While drinking, they talk on a lot of subjects.
When women finish up with their house chores, they call one of their neighbors and she either invites her neighbor or she herself goes to her neighbor to have a demitasse of Turkish coffee together. Almost nobody prefers drinking it alone as it’s a way of sharing.
A demitasse of coffee can take your tiredness, so after work when you drink it, you forget about your stress or tiredness maybe because of the coffee itself, maybe because of the friendly talk.
Not every coffee has the same flavor, so you should choose the best one.
You can reach the best taste when you get some just ground coffee.
Another important thing about Turkish coffee is that there should be foams on the top, which shows that you are good at brewing coffee. To have the highest amount of coffee foams, freshness of the coffee is highly important. That’s why you should find the coffee that’s just ground.
If you want to serve Turkish coffee to your guests, first you should ask how they prefer; well sugared, with a middling amount of sugar, little sugared, or without sugar. Not everyone has the same taste, so you should brew the coffee according to your guests’ wishes.
As for its serving, there should always be something accompanying it. A glass of water is a must to serve with it. Also, you may enrich the service with some Turkish delights, bitter chocolate or chocolate waffle sticks. Unlike in other cultures, in general we do not prefer adding milk or cream in it in Turkey. However, sometimes a little cream or milk is added in it for children.
It’s not very simple to brew Turkish coffee, as it’s important to have enough foams on it. So here are the tips:
• Use cold water (if you have the chance, use spring water)
• Coffee shouldn’t be stale
• Brew it on low heat
• Stir continually until it boils
• Do not boil it over
The tools you need:
Coffee pot (I prefer the one made of copper)
2 demitasses water
2 dessert spoons brimful coffee
1 dessert spoon of sugar for little sugared coffee, 1 ½ dessert spoon of sugar for a middling amount and 2 dessert spoons of sugar for well sugared or do not add any sugar(depends on your taste).
First put water in the coffee pot and then add coffee and sugar together. Put the pot on the lowest fire and stir the coffee continually to have a lot of foams until it boils. While doing it, be careful not to overflow it on your oven. When it boils and rises, take it from fire. First, put the coffee foams in the demitasses evenly with a dessert spoon. Then pour the rest of the coffee into demitasses. Do not forget to put a glass of water near it while serving. If you like, you can also serve some chocolate or Turkish delight on a small plate to complete your service.
Enjoy! (but not alone)