Would you like to learn How to Make Turkish Coffee? It’s such a unique drink from its cooking method to the serving and drinking. You will love that smell spreading in your house when making this easy Turkish coffee recipe. I must warn you though: It is addictive!
What is Turkish coffee
The first thing we need to clarify is that Turkey doesn’t have its own coffee beans. Arabic coffee beans are finely ground and used for coffee making. It’s more of cooking rather than brewing. While the term Turkish coffee refers to the preparing method of coffee, I must tell you that it doesn’t look like your regular coffee beans. It is so finely ground that you might think it is cocoa powder when you first see it. The ground coffee is combined with water and sugar (optional) in a special coffee pot called cezve or ibrik and simmered over the lowest heat or traditionally on hot sand.
You end up with a thick and frothy coffee which has a strong aroma. It is served in traditional small Turkish coffee cups with a lot of foams on the top. It is significant to be able to have enough amount of foams, which shows how much you know the art of coffee making.
As for the serving, Turkish coffee has its own traditional way. It is always served with a glass of water and something sweet like Turkish delights or chocolate on the side.
Related: Homemade Turkish Delight Recipe
From grinding to cooking and serving this coffee, it’s like a special ceremony. This special drink is a way of socializing for Turkish people. It is mostly enjoyed following a good meal. Unlike Turkish Tea, Turkish coffee is considered as a way of spoiling yourself or your guests.
How to Make Turkish Coffee
It is very easy to make this coffee at home when you follow these easy steps.
First, mix coffee and water. Using a teaspoon, mix your finely ground coffee with cold water in a Turkish Coffee pot, gently until well combined. The ratio for a desired consistency is 1 coffee cup cold water and 2 teaspoons ground coffee. If you want your coffee sweet, add sugar along with coffee and water. Never add it after your coffee is cooked.
You always need to ask your guests how sweet they like their coffee. Possible options are as follows:
- unsweetened (no sugar added)
- with little sugar (add ½ cube sugar)
- a bit sweeter (add 1 cube sugar)
- super sweet (add 2 cubes sugar)
The measurement here is for one coffee cup. If you are making coffee for more than one person and everyone has different sugar liking, make their coffee separately.
Second, place the coffee pot on low heat and let it cook for a while, stirring gently two or three times. When it is right about to boil and foams rise, remove it from heat. Using a teaspoon, share the foams into each Turkish coffee cup. Return to heat and remove when it boils. Pour the coffee into the cups.
How To Make Turkish Coffee Without An Ibrik
Turkish coffee pot called Ibrik or cezve is the ideal pot to make this special coffee. It is traditionally made of copper but stainless steel, ceramic or even glass pots are also common today. Don’t worry if you don’t have a traditional cezve or ibrik. A small saucepan work fine as well.
Tips On The Best Turkish Coffee Recipe
There are some tips for making your coffee both with enough foams on the top and with the desired consistency:
- Use freshly ground coffee. If your coffee is not fresh and sits in your pantry for months, it doesn’t foam. To keep your coffee fresh after you open the package, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Use cold filtered water. Never try to make it with warm or hot water.
- Mix the coffee, water and sugar (if you are using any) in the pot gently until combined. Don’t mix it fast. Always treat your coffee kindly.
- Cook your coffee on the lowest heat, stirring two or three times until it starts to rise. Never let it boil. Remove it right before it boils and share the foams into the cups, using a teaspoon.
- After reheating the coffee, pour it slowly into the cups so that the bubbles remain safe.
Can I Make It With Milk?
Traditionally, Turkish coffee is known for its strong aroma, so it’s never made with milk. However, I remember mom would make it with milk for me when I was a kid just like several moms do for kids. So use milk only to give it a mild taste, but don’t expect it to be frothy then.
Why Is It Served With Water?
It is always served with a glass of water on the side. That is because you need to prepare your palate for the coffee. Traditionally you drink water first and then coffee to feel the maximum aroma of it. You can put a thin slice of apple or rose petal into your water to give it a subtle aroma.
Turkish Coffee Reading
The ceremony doesn’t end even after you finish your coffee. Although it’s not necessary, most Turkish people place the saucer on top of the cup, make their wish and turn it upside down. It is left to cool. Sometimes a golden ring is placed on the top to make it cool faster. It is ready when the cup is cool enough. Whoever is talented in coffee reading gets the cup carefully and interprets the symbols in the cup. While most people do this just for fun, there are people who are known as the master of fortune telling. I’ve never tried to read it because the only things I see in the cups are no more than animal shapes. Lol!
Have you ever tried coffee in your baking? Coffee lovers, you have to give it a try! Go check out Nicole’s Turkish Coffee Flourless Chocolate Cake and see the result yourself.
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How to Make Turkish Coffee
How to make Turkish coffee in its traditional way.
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 11 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Cuisine: Turkish
- 2 Turkish coffee cups water
- 4 teaspoons Turkish coffee
- 1 cube sugar (see the note below)
- Put water, coffee and sugar in the coffee pot together. Place it on the lowest heat 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 is right about to boil and starts to rise, remove from the heat. Transfer the coffee foam into the Turkish coffee cups evenly using a teaspoon. Put it back over the heat and reheat the remaining coffee for about 10 seconds or until it boils and pour it into the coffee cups.
- Serve it with water on the side.
- If you like, you can also serve some chocolate or Turkish delight on a small plate to complete your service.
Unsweetened (no sugar added), with little sugar (add ½ cube sugar), a bit sweeter (add 1 cube sugar), super sweet (add 2 cubes sugar). The measurement here is for one Turkish coffee cup. If you are making coffee for more than one person and everyone has different sugar liking, make their coffee one by one separately.
- Serving Size: 1 coffee cup
- Calories: 11
- Sugar: 2.1g
- Sodium: 4.1mg
- Fat: 0.1g
- Carbohydrates: 2.2g
- Protein: 0.2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.