“A cup of coffee will be remembered for 40 years” (Turkish proverb) In 1554, Shams from Damascus and Hakan from Aleppo brought coffee beans to Ottoman Empire and opened coffee shops in Yemen. In 1593, Ozdemir Pasha, the Ottoman Governor was so impressed with this coffee he introduced it to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. From then on, the coffee was closely connected with the history of the Ottoman Empire and today’s Turkish traditions. Turkish coffee is derived from Arabica beans and served hot from a special coffee pot called “cezve”. When drinking coffee, the coffee grounds always settle at the bottom of the cup. According to the tradition, after the coffee is finished the cup is turned upside down with the grounds inside on the saucer and allowed to cool, the host or a friend of yours can try to do a fortune reading from the coffee grounds remaining in the cup. Rich in tradition and flavor, Turkish coffee remains a favorite today. Traditional Turkish coffee also entered UNESCO intangible World Heritage Site!
Preparing Turkish Coffee:
For one cup of coffee;Add one cup of water to the ‘’cezve’’. (about 50 milliliters) Add one teaspoon of Turkish coffee to the cezve, as the coffee can also be preferred with sugar, decide how much sugar you want to add.
The sugar amount in the coffee is stated with the below expressions;Without sugar (sade); low sugar (az şekerli); mediocre (orta); sweet (şekerli). In the Arab world, cardamom is often used to flavor the Turkish coffee and then start to boil the coffee, after the coffee is boiled remove the ‘’cezve’’ from heat immediately pour half of the coffee to the cup then boil the remaining amount once again and then pour the rest of the coffee to the cup. By using this technique your coffee will have a good amount of foam which shows how well your coffee is prepared. The last and probably the most important tradition of drinking Turkish coffee is that the coffee is enjoyed slowly. Together with Turkish coffee, pastries and sweets are usually served. You are more than welcome to enjoy a cup of Turkish Coffee in our Teagarden in Club Kastalia! Enjoy!