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TURKISH COFFEE RECIPES

What makes Turkish coffee so delicious is the grind. Single bean is ground to 45,000 particles vs 100 particles for drip coffee and 3,000 for the espresso. Due to this, you extract more flavors than any other method of brewing. In addition, it is the only method where you re-roast the beans in the brewing process. Why is this important? Because, coffee is at its most complex (wine like) stage only for about a week after it's been roasted. After this period, it oxidizes and decays.

Turkish coffee is not filtered and grounds are in the pot. Thus, as the water heats up you are actually re-roasting it. This is why you should never heat the water first and then add the grounds as some do. Start with cold water and then heat your brew slowly to a foam. This way, you will have a newly roasted coffee flavor and the foam acts like a lid to keep your brew hot. However, you can add other flavors, including milk, cream, almond milk etc. to your brew either as you are making it or prepared it separately and pour your brew on it. Whatever you do though, do not stir up the sediments. Oh, and make sure to add your sugar before not after! Also, be careful how you pour you coffee. Need a little wrist action to control how much foam goes into cups. Make sure foam goes out first and does not stay in back of the pot.

One word about the cardamom in the coffee. Generally speaking, in the Balkans and in Turkey it is not used. People here does not like to interfere with the coffee flavor. However, it is almost always used in the Arabic countries. Up to 50% in some regions. If you like to use it, it is best to buy coffee with cardamom already mixed in because you won't be able to ground to a fine powder easily.


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Sweet and Spicy Turkish coffee


Recipe for Two persons

  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 inch of cinnamon quill (cinnamon bark)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
  • 3 teaspoons finely ground Turkish coffee
  • 2 demitasse cups of water

To make vanilla sugar take 1 cup of sugar and add 1 vanilla bean pod, blend until the vanilla is mixed.

Crush the cardamom pods and break up the cinnamon quill. Note that there is a distinct taste difference to quilled
rather than ground cinnamon and additionally ground cinnamon adds an unfortunate texture to the coffee; spend
the extra money on the quills for best results.

Add the coffee, vanilla sugar, cardamom and cinnamon to your coffee pot and then the water.

  • Have the mixture come to a frothing (NOT boiling please)
  • Move your coffee away from the heat (or turn down the heat) to let foam subside
  • Have it come to froth again. Number of times doesn't matter, even once is enough. Idea is to have as much as possible.
  • Serve into your cups
  • Wait about 30-45 seconds to let grounds settle and enjoy.
  • Stop drinking when you reach to the “sediments” in the bottom
  • Now sit back, relax and enjoy your sensation!


Turkish coffee with Milk

Recipe for Two persons

  • Add 3 oz of water and 3 oz of milk into your coffee maker
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons Turkish coffee
  • Add sugar to your taste
  • Have the mixture come to a frothing (NOT boiling please)
  • Move your coffee away from the heat (or turn down the heat) to let foam subside
  • Serve into your cups
  • Wait about 30-45 seconds to let grounds settle and enjoy.
  • Stop drinking when you reach to the “sediments” in the bottom
  • Now sit back and relax and enjoy your sensation!


Turkish coffee with Cocoa

Recipe for Two persons

  • Add 6 oz of water
  • Add 1 ½ or 2 tablespoons of Turkish coffee and ½ to 1 table spoons of cocoa
  • Add sugar to your taste
  • Have the mixture come to a frothing (NOT boiling please)
  • Move your coffee away from the heat (or turn down the heat) to let foam subside
  • Have it come to froth again.
  • Wait about 30-45 seconds to let grounds settle and enjoy.
  • Stop drinking when you reach to the "sediments" in the bottom
  • Now sit back, relax and enjoy your sensation!

Turkish coffee with Chocolate Syrup

Recipe for Two persons

  • Add 6 oz of water
  • Add 1 ½ or 2 tablespoons of Turkish coffee and ½ to 1 table spoons of Chocolate syrup
  • Do not add sugar.
  • Have the mixture come to a frothing (NOT boiling please)
  • Move your coffee away from the heat (or turn down the heat) to let foam subside
  • Have it come to froth again.
  • Serve into your cups
  • Wait about 30-45 seconds to let grounds settle and enjoy.
  • Stop drinking when you reach to the "sediments" in the bottom
  • Now sit back, relax and enjoy your sensation!


Turkish coffee with Vanilla or Almond extract

Recipe for Two persons

  • Add 6 oz of water
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of Turkish coffee and 2-3 drops of vanilla or almond extract
  • Add sugar to taste
  • Have the mixture come to a frothing (NOT boiling please)
  • Move your coffee away from the heat (or turn down the heat) to let foam subside
  • Have it come to froth again.
  • Serve into your cups
  • Wait about 30-45 seconds to let grounds settle and enjoy.
  • Stop drinking when you reach to the "sediments" in the bottom
  • Now sit back, relax and enjoy your sensation!