Turkish People are famous with their hospitality. In Turkish Culture, host must serve the most delicious food and drinks to the guests, and also usually Turkish Hosts go out of their way to make their guests comfortable.
Preparing and serving Turkish Coffee is a part of this hospitality culture. Here’s the authentic Turkish Coffee Recipe with preparation notes, step by step guide with pictures & video.
Preparation to Make Turkish Coffee
Let’s take a look at some of the How to Make Turkish Coffee 101′s before sharing our Turkish Coffee Recipe.
Roasting & Grinding Coffee Beans: If you like to get the best taste out of any Turkish Coffee Recipe, it’s highly recommended that you roast and grind the coffee beans right before making your Turkish Coffee. Remember to use a Turkish Coffee Grinder to manually grind the coffee beans. Regular coffee grinders won’t do the job. Roasting and grinding the coffee beans fresh will give your coffee the extra flavor and taste with the help of fresh coffee oil from the coffee beans.
Using Ground Turkish Coffee: Since most of us are always in a rush, it’s totally understandable that you won’t find the time to roast and grind your coffee beans. Your best bet is to buy Ground Turkish Coffee from a well known and quality brand. Remember to check the expiration date to get the freshest ground Turkish Coffee. Also, try to seal the bag or can of coffee between the usages to keep it as fresh as possible.
Quality of Water to Be Used: One of the most important taste factors while making Turkish Coffee is the quality of the water used. Selecting the taste of the water is a personal preference, but it’s usually recommended to use quality bottled water. Most city tap water has high chlorine which will ruin the taste of your Turkish Coffee. Water you will be using to make Turkish Coffee needs to be at the room temperature. Never use hot water to fasten the process.
Choosing the Right Coffee Pot: Using the right coffee pot is an important factor while making Turkish Coffee. You can learn more about types and materials at our Turkish Coffee Pot Guide. Another important tip to keep in mind is to use a very clean coffee pot. Since most of the coffee pots are hand washed, make sure they are very well rinsed.
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Since we have covered all the important steps for preparing to cook Turkish Coffee, it’s time to reveal our secret Turkish Coffee Recipe
My Grandmother’s Turkish Coffee Recipe
What makes Turkish Coffee unique and apart from any other coffee types is the cooking technique. Turkish Coffee is the only coffee which we let to boil during the cooking. Yes, literally boil. So, here are the steps to make a delicious cup of Turkish Coffee:
Fill the Turkish Coffee Cup with room temperature water and add it to the coffee pot. We use the coffee cup to measure the right amount of water since the Turkish Coffee will be served in the same coffee cup.
For each serving, add 2 teaspoons of ground Turkish Coffee into the coffee pot. 2 teaspoons of Turkish Coffee weighs around 5 grams (or around 0.175 ounces). You can add little bit more or less coffee if you prefer stronger or lighter. You should experiment with the amount of coffee you add and find your perfect taste.
Adding the sugar. Turkish Coffee is prepared differently. You add the sugar before cooking Turkish Coffee unlike adding sugar to other coffee types after it is ready. So, add the amount of sugar you prefer before putting the coffee pot on the stove. In Turkey, Turkish Coffee is usually served in 3 different types. No sugar (sade), medium sugar (orta şekerli) and with sugar (şekerli). You will need to add about 1 teaspoon of sugar (or 1 sugar cube) for medium sugar Turkish Coffee. Add more if you like to make it with extra sugar.
Water, coffee and sugar is added. It is time to start cooking your Turkish Coffee. Put the coffee pot on the stove, and start stirring the mix in the coffee pot with a spoon. Remember to keep the stove on the lowest. You want to heat the coffee pot as slowly as you can. From putting the coffee pot on the stove to the boiling point, it usually takes around few minutes. Keep stirring until it’s all mixed. Caution: Do not leave the coffee pot on the stove. It will boil quickly and overflow leaving you with a mess.
This is the fun part. Turkish Coffee tastes much better with more coffee foam (also known as froth). When the coffee pot starts heating up, you will see a layer of Turkish Coffee Foam forming in the coffee pot. After this foam starts forming and right before it starts boiling, take the coffee pot off the stove, and use a spoon to take this foam from the pot into the coffee cups. Share this foam evenly if you are making more than one cup of Turkish Coffee.
Put the coffee pot back on the stove, and wait till it boils. My grandmother used to wait for it to boil and pour it into the coffee cups, but some prefer to repeat this boiling process up to 3 times. So, basically when the coffee starts boiling, take it off the stove, wait around 30 seconds, and put it on the stove again, and repeat the process. After you pour the coffee into the coffee cups, you are all set with cooking your Turkish Coffee.
Remember to serve Turkish Coffee with a glass of cold water. Since Turkish Coffee is all about socializing and hospitality, it is usually served with also some Turkish Delight.
Enjoy your cup of delicious Turkish Coffee.