How to Make Turkish Coffee



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!

How to Make Turkish Coffee

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. That’s why we love to use it as an ingredient in baking cookies. Go check out our Turkish Coffee Cookies!

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 a type of dessert like hot and crispy kunafe, 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

Tips For Good Quality Turkish Coffee

Traditionally, buying the coffee from your local coffee shop is recommended because they are freshly ground there. However, there are still some tips to understand whether it is really fresh and good quality.

The first thing that is a sign of good quality is the smell of the coffee. If it has a strong smell that makes you feel in heaven, it is a good one. If you can hardly feel the irresistible smell, it is likely to be stale, which will result in a tasteless coffee when you make it.

Another tip to understand how fresh your ground coffee is that getting some in your hand and see whether the pieces stick one another. Fresh coffee never sticks and it is wonderfully crumbly.

Finally, when you are drinking the coffee, you should be feeling that heavenly aroma. If you feel a watery taste, the coffee is not good quality or it is stale.

If you are asking a good Turkish coffee brand, I would suggest Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. They are a world famous coffee brand, so you can find them at online shopping markets.

How To Store Ground Coffee

It is important to store ground coffee in the right way so that it keeps its texture and aroma. Tips to keep in mind when storing your coffee:

  • Store it in a dry and cool place that is away from sunlight.
  • Keep it in an airtight container or in a glass jar with a tight lid.
  • Never leave a metal spoon in the container.
  • Don’t keep it in the opened package. Air causes your ground coffee to get stale fast. Transfer it in an airtight container.
How to Make Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee Ingredients

It is a super easy coffee recipe with two or three ingredients. You need:

  • water
  • ground coffee
  • sugar, optional
How to Make Turkish Coffee

How to Make Turkish Coffee In Cezve

It is very easy to make this coffee in a traditional Turkish coffee pot called cezve 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

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. The smaller, the better. If you are using a large saucepan and making the coffee for two, you won’t have enough foams. On the other hand, if you are making it for 6-7 coffee cups, you will manage to get the foams.

If you are after an easier and quicker way, you can definitely use a Turkish coffee maker. There are several brands and types with a wide range of prices online.

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.

How to Make Turkish Coffee

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.

How to Make Turkish Coffee

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 our Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies With Turkish Coffee or Nicole’s Turkish Coffee Flourless Chocolate Cake and see the result yourself.


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