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turkish coffee

A traditional method rooted deep in the heart of modern coffee culture, Turkish coffee is pleasing as an evening palate cleanser or a perfect compliment to a sweet or two during brunch. Turkish coffee is worth every second it takes to prepare, and is one of the greatest symbols of hospitality in many Middle Eastern countries. Sip this smooth, rich, and sweet coffee slowly and reflect on the timeless history of this fine beverage.


things you'll need:

  • Cezve (Turkish coffee pot)
  • Whole bean coffee (we recommend our Sumatran Italian)
  • Coffee grinder
  • Filtered water
  • Unrefined cane sugar (demerara or turbinado)
  • Turkish coffee cups

things you’ll want:

  • Digital scale
  • Quality burr grinder
  • Turkish coffee spices (cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, etc)

 

step 1: prepare coffee

  • Aquire fresh roasted whole bean coffee and measure out approximately 1 rounded tbsp. per 4 fluid ounces of water
  • If using a scale, weigh your coffee to your desired brew ratio
  • Grind your coffee very finely, to an espresso consistency resembling powdered sugar

please note:
We are using a traditional Cezve (Turkish coffee pot), but you can make Turkish coffee in a small, narrow saucepan (camping cookware works well). This recipe is for a 16 oz Cezve, but the ratios and brew method can be applied to any size Cezve. For Turkish coffee we prefer 1 part coffee to 12 parts water, so our brew needed 30 grams of coffee for the 350 mL of water (12 fluid ounces).

step 2: heat water

  • Aquire fresh roasted whole bean coffee and measure out approximately 1 rounded tbsp. per 4 fluid ounces of water
  • If using a scale, weigh your coffee to your desired brew ratio
  • Grind your coffee very finely, to an espresso consistency resembling powdered sugar

step 3: add coffe

  • Add ground coffee to the Cezve and stir the surface gently so that there are no clumps

step 4: add sugar

  • Add 3 tsp cane sugar to the Cezve and stir the surface gently until it is dissolved, we prefer 1 tsp per serving

step 5: add spices

  • Add spices to the Cezve and stir the surface gently until they are absorbed, we prefer 1 pinch (1/4 tsp) per serving
  • Stir the entire mixture gently before proceeding, making sure to scrape the sides of the Cezve and wait 3 additional minutes

step 6: heat again

  • Turn the heat on to medium-low and wait for the brew to come back up to temp

step 7: keep watch

  • The sides of the brew will begin to simmer, carefully stir the surface to break up any clumps and prevent a ‘puck’ from forming
  • Watch the flame as boilovers can happen easily and are quite messy
  • When the entire brew begins to boil and the surface is free of any sediment, remove from the heat

step 8: cool down

  • Once cooled, ensure the coffee grounds have settled on the bottom of the Cezve and make sure your cups are in place

step 9: serve & enjoy

  • Serve the coffee by pouring slowly and keeping the Cezve at a 45º angle, this will prevent grounds from making their way into the cups
  • It’s customary to serve Turkish coffee with extra sweetener on the side, along with water to serve as a palate cleanser

brewing essentials

Italian Roast Coffee Bag

Sumatran Italian Roast

dark chocolate & black pepper
$11.00

Hand-Cranked Burr Grinder

$45.00
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Published by Peace Coffee on January 7, 2018.

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