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Turkish Coffee

Sample Dishes from Turkish Cuisine

Turkish Coffee(Türk Kahvesi)

Coffe (pulverized)1 teaspoon2 gr
Sugar1 teaspoon4 gr
Water1 teaspoon60 gr


Measure coffee and sugar into a cezve. Add water; stir. Heat over low heat until it is frothy on surface; do not boil. Pour frothy part into demitasse. Place cezve over heat. Bring to rising boil. Pour some more liquid into demitasse again. Heat once more to rising boil. Pour all into demitasse. Serve hot.

Servings: 1

Nutritional Value
(in approximately one serving)

Energy18 cal
Protein0 g
Fat0 g
Carbohydrates4 g
Calcium0 mg
Iron0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Zinc0 mg
Sodium1,5 mg
Vitamin A0 iu
Thiamine0 mg
Riboflavin0 mg
Niacin0 mg
Vitamin C0 mg
Cholesterol0 mg

Regional Characteristics:

Turkish coffee is made of finely pulverized roasted coffee beans. Roasting duration differ according to taste. Coffee is sold etiher as green, or roasted beans or in pulverized form in small shops called "Kuru Yemişçi" which means a person who sells all kinds of nuts. Dried fruits. Candy bars, bon-bons. Coffee varieties, alcoholic drinks and miscellaneous. In old houses a brass-made hand manupulated coffee mill would be used to pulverize coffee beans. An electrical coffee mill is used instead of brasss-coffee millat present time in many households. Turkish coffee is prepared in 4 ways. "Az Şekerli" means coffee has little sugar about 1/2 teaspon. "Orta Şekerli" means coffee has standart amount of sugar 1 teaspoon. "Çok Şekerli" means coffee has more sugar than enough which is 1 1/2 teaspoons. "Sade Kahve" means black coffee, without sugar. Turkish coffee is served in demitasses made of porcelain. They come in different sizes. However, an average demitasse is equal to 1/4 cup in volume. Coffee is served for guests with bon-bon, candy bar or with "Lokum" (Turkish Delights) or with chocolate bars. It is served usually during midday or following a lunch or dinner. There is an old saying about coffee which goes like this. "Bir fincan kahvenin kırk yıl hatırı vardır" meaning that if one has been offered a demitasse of coffe, he is obliged for forty years to the one who offered the coffe. It means that the person who offers the coffe is to be respected, honoured, and remembered for a long time for the sake of his coffe offering.