Mastering the art of Turkish coffee at home

Two things make Turkish coffee unique: how the beans are ground and how they are brewed. To master the art of Turkish coffee is to become part of a tradition that dates back over 500 years.

The good news is, it's easy. There are just a few things to remember:

Turkish coffee is not filtered and the grounds are served in the cup along with the coffee, settling at the bottom and enriching the drink.

Turkish coffee is always served black.

If you take sugar in your coffee, you need to add it at the start of the brew as you can't stir Turkish coffee once it's served.

WHAT YOU NEED BEFORE YOU START

Finely ground Turkish coffee - around 7g (or 1 heaped teaspoon)

Cold water, ideally filtered or bottled - around 70ml (or 1 Turkish coffee cupful)

A Turkish coffee pot (or any small, tall pot, but ideally a proper Turkish cezve)

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Add the coffee (and sugar if you take it) to the pot along with the water, place over a medium heat and stir gently to combine the ingredients. Now leave it to brew undisturbed.
Watch your coffee carefully to ensure it doesn't boil. What you’re looking for is the moment just before boiling when the foam starts to rise at the edges. As soon as this happens, lift the pot away from the heat and carefully pour or spoon the froth into your cup.
Place the pot back on the heat and watch for the foam to rise again, immediately lifting it away from the heat when it does. Pour the contents into your cup, taking care to maintain the foam as it rises to the top. Remember, with Turkish coffee a creamy foam on top is a sign of quality.

TO SERVE

Allow your coffee to settle and cool a little in the cup before drinking. Turkish coffee is always served with a glass of water, and traditionally with something sweet like Turkish delight, a piece of cake or candied fruits on the side.

Now enjoy your efforts, and as we say at home: 'Afiyet olsun!'

For some ideas of how to best enjoy your Turkish coffee, see our Serving Suggestions page.

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