How To Make Turkish Coffee

For Turks, the look of a Turkish coffee is just as important as it’s taste. And the most desirable is one topped with  foamy ‘bubbles’. It is true that everyone should know how to make Turkish coffee in Turkey. Istanbul street food tour

If your home country allows you to return with freshly packed coffee, we highly recommend you to buy it fresh from a coffee seller around the famous Spice Market. It’s easy to find – simply follow the scent of coffee! If you don’t have Turkish coffee, visit your local coffee shop, pick your favorite coffee beans and ask your coffee shop to grind it as fine as possible. You can even tell them that you are cooking Turkish coffee and they may know how to grind your coffee beans.  

Like all coffee, the taste of a delicious Turkish coffee really is dependant on the freshness of coffee itself. And to choose one to suit your liking, note that the colour of coffee tells us about the strength of its flavour – the lighter the grounds, the softer it is to drink.

You can visit Turkish supermarkets in your city, they will probably have a cezve to buy! So, now that you have bought your Turkish coffee and cezve (your Turkish coffee pot, which you can also find around the Spice Market) – you’re ready to cook! You can find how to make Turkish coffee below:

This recipe is for one cup, so you can multiply it as necessary. Here is the Turkish coffee recipe:

  1. Add one heaped teaspoon of Turkish coffee into your coffee pot.
  2. Add your sugar – for standard sugared coffee add two sugar cubes (however, it can be cooked without sugar, with less surgar, or with more).
  3. Using your Turkish coffee cup (that you will serve in) as the measure, add one cup of cold water to the pot and stir the coffee, sugar and water together until the sugar starts to dissolve (without any heat, so far).
  4. Place your coffee pot with mixture over the smallest flame on your stove and start heating the mixture. No further mixing is required. You can simply watch it heat slowly. Having your stove flame on the lowest heat possible is imperative to ensure a delicious tasting coffee –  cooking it slowly affects the quality of the taste dramatically.
  5. As the coffee continues to heat, you will notice a foam begin to develop on the top of the mixture. Use your teaspoon to scoop the foam from the stop of the brew and collect it in your coffee cup (or cups). Don’t forget this – it’s the show off part, professional! :)
  6. Once the coffee boils, remove it from the heat immediately. Allow it to rest for a minute or two, and pour the coffee mixture over the foamy bubbles, being careful not to destroy the bubbles on the process. Wait another minute or two for the coffee to settle, and then serve.

Serve Turkish coffee with a glass of water and maybe with some famous lokum (Turkish delight). The perfect way to relive your Turkish experience over and over again, and share it with your friends. As we say in Turkey – afiyet olsun! As you know how to make Turkish coffee now, invite your friends over and have the real Turkish coffee experience – it is to share it with everyone!

What beans you need to make Turkish Coffee?

During the Ottoman times originally mocha and Ethiopian beans were used to make Turkish coffee. After 1950’s Brazilian Rio Minas became popular and still the most popular beans in Turkey to make Turkish coffee. If you have a favorite beans, you can grind it as finely as possible and use it to make Turkish coffee.