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Turkish Coffee Brew Guide

Turkish coffee isn’t your average cup of Joe—in fact, it’s been made for thousands of years all around the globe. This traditional form of brewing is rich with history and flavor, and if you’ve ever seen the hypnotic pot bubbling over, you know just how impressive that tiny, powerful cup can be! 
If you’ve been able to enjoy an authentic Turkish sip on vacation or in a coffee shop and would love to recreate the experience at home, you’re in luck. With a few special coffee bar accessories and some barista skills, you can enjoy a worldly cup of Turkish coffee from the comfort of your own house. Let’s learn how together. 

What You Need

  • Coffee beans
  • Cold water – preferably filtered
  • Specialty grinder
  • Stirring utensil
  • Turkish pot—called either a cezve or an ibrik
  • Stovetop
  • Turkish coffee cups

Brew Time for Turkish Coffee

7-10 minutes 

How to Make Turkish Coffee

If you like a purposefully gritty and bold brew, a traditional cup of Turkish-style coffee is sure to suit your taste buds. Learn how to make it at home in a few easy steps:

Step 1:

First things first: water. Since this brew method is prepared directly on the stovetop, there is no need to pre-boil the water. Grab cold, filtered water and use the traditional Turkish coffee cups to measure the right amount. While it may take some experimenting to get your unique ratio set in stone, start with the gold standard: one cup of water for every cup of coffee you want to serve.

Step 2:

Next, it’s time to grind your coffee. For this method, the beans must be ground to the finest possible setting, resembling the consistency of flour. Ask your local coffee retailer if they can grind it or invest in a classic Turkish coffee mill to accomplish this at home. If you’ve bought a pre-ground bag, make sure it is correctly ground to the finest size possible.

Step 3:

For each desired cup of coffee, add one heaping tablespoon to the water-filled cezve. If you prefer a sweeter flavor profile, add sugar during this step. Mix the concoction with your chosen stirring utensil until completely combined. After finishing this step, do not stir the for the rest of the process.

Step 4:

Place the cezve on the stovetop and bring it to a slow boil over medium-level heat. After a couple of minutes, as the coffee warms up, the contents will start to rise, and a dark, frothy layer will build. Right before it reaches a full boil, remove the pot from heat.

Upon removing, skim off the top layer of foam and add a little dollop to each coffee cup. Then, return the cezve to the stovetop to let it slowly build up again. Once it boils up for the second time, remove and pour the contents into each individual coffee cup—slowly to allow an initial dollop of foam to rise to the top. 

Step 5:

Let the coffee sit and cool for a few minutes. This process allows any grounds to settle at the bottom of the cup. After the allotted time, serve and enjoy.

Top Questions About Turkish Coffee

Between finding the perfect grind for your cezve and discovering which roasts taste best, there are plenty of tips and tricks when it comes to brewing Turkish-style coffee at home. That’s why we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions:

What’s the Best Roast for Turkish Coffee?

Traditional Turkish coffee is made with darker roasted arabica beans to give that strong, biting brew a powerful punch. Others prefer a blend of light and dark for a balanced and complex cup. In the end, the “best” roast depends entirely on you and your taste preferences. But don’t worry—experimenting with different light, medium, and dark roasts from around the world is half the fun of finding your perfect cup of Joe!.

Why Do Turkish Grounds Need to Be So Fine?

Coffee for Turkish-style brews must be ground extremely fine to an almost powdery consistency—but why? Unlike other popular brew methods, such as French press or Chemex, the Turkish style does not include a filter. Instead, the grounds dissolve completely into the water during the boiling process, leading to a flavorful and aromatic cup.

Why is Turkish Coffee Often Served with Water?

If you order this type of coffee in a Middle Eastern restaurant or café, you’ll often also receive a glass of cold water. This is intended to flush other flavors from your meal out of your mouth and help cleanse your palate. Taking a few sips before you enjoy your brew will help you fully enjoy the robust and unique taste.  

What is the Best Material for a Turkish Coffee Pot?

When you shop for a cezve, you’ll notice there are countless options. Between rustic looking terracotta and ceramic pots and engraved metal designs, how are you meant to pick one? In general, Turkish coffee lovers recommend buying a copper cezve, as it can diffuse heat evenly across the bottom and heats up fast. 

What is the Right Ratio of Coffee to Water for Turkish-Style Coffee?

While this ratio is debated from household to household, a general rule of thumb is to use 1 part coffee to 9 parts water. This ratio results in a very strong and more caffeinated coffee than other brew systems. If this tastes too weak, lessen the amount of water added. If this is too strong, increase the water. 


Why Does My Turkish Coffee Taste Sour?

Turkish-style brewing is meant to result in a rich, intense, full-bodied flavor and feel—not sour. If you’re experiencing an acidic bite with each sip, take a look at your coffee. Whenever you make a cup, you have to determine whether or not your coffee is freshly ground. If the grounds are too old or stale, they could result in a stale, citrusy taste. 

If you’re a self-described coffee snob or searching for an upscale way to serve your family and friends a delicious cup of Java when they visit, Turkish-style is the way to go. Once you find your perfect roast and learn how to use your cezve, your Turkish coffee will taste as good as gold!

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