Turkish coffee, also known as Greek coffee, is a traditional drink brewed on stovetop. The style originates in the Middle East and comes with a strong, rich, syrup like taste.
The key to making Turkish coffee is to boil finely ground beans in a brass pot until it boils, bubbles and almost overflows. It’s an unconventional way of brewing coffee but it’s surprisingly easy to make, and production of Turkish coffee hasn’t changed much since its first appearance (If only someone could make it in Nespresso pod form).
What you will need
Finally ground coffee (you can use a turkish mill or grinder).
- A small brass pot (also known as a cezve or ibrik)
- A stove
- A stirring spoon
- Optional sugar or spices
The first step is to grind your coffee. Traditionally Turkish mills are used to make a very fine grind. However a conventional grinder can be used, just make sure to set it to its finest setting. Or if you have an espresso machine you can use your burr coffee grinder. You are looking for a powder like consistency.
The beauty of Turkish coffee is that you can make it to your own taste depending on how strong you like it. Normally you would add cold water into your brass pot first and use a demitasse cup to measure. Add one demitasse cup of cold water to one teaspoon of coffee until your pot is full.
Sugar and Spice Sugar or spice is commonly added to Turkish coffee. Add to taste and experiment! I usually enjoy a strong black coffee, but sometimes add some spice to mix things up.
Now that you have your pot ready to go it’s time to start boiling your Turkish coffee. The key to making good Turkish coffee is to boil it twice. Set your stove to a medium-low heat and stir until your sugar dissolves. Now wait until the coffee bubbles up and then take it off the heat until the bubbles calm. Repeat this process one more time. The coffee will bubble up faster the second time. Optionally, you can boil the coffee for a third time. this may produce a cleaner cup if you added more coffee in your pot.
Pour and Serve
Wait for the bubbles to settle then serve in demitasse/Turkish cups.
And that’s it! Enjoy your Turkish coffee experience. However, if you’re feeling superstitious Turkish coffee can also be used to tell one’s fortune. Just turn your empty demitasse cup upside down on your saucer, wait a couple minutes for the coffee to harden, and then interpret the mysteries in the cup. You can get a great Turkish coffee set here.