10 most interesting facts about the Turkish coffee

10 most interesting facts about the Turkish coffee

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 in Interesting articles

  1. Turkish coffee is the method of preparation, not the special type of coffee beans. The Turkish coffee is actually made from beans grown in Brazil or Central America. Beans for Turkish coffee are ground to the finest possible powder.
  2. Coffee was first introduced in Turkey by the Özdemir Pasha, who was the Ottoman Governor of Yemen, where he discovered this drink and brought it to his native country. Kiva Han, the first coffee house in Istanbul was opened in 1544.
  3. Turkish coffee was called just “coffee” until the instant coffee (Nescafe) was invented.
  4. Turkish coffee is not filtered. The coffee powder stays at the bottom of the cup. After you finish your coffee, you can use the leftovers for fortune-telling. The empty cup is quickly turned upside down on the saucer and left for a couple of minutes. Then you try to read the patterns of the coffee grounds and predict your future.
  5. Turkish word for breakfast is “kahvaltı”, which literally means “before coffee”. It is a tradition to drink a good cup of coffee after a morning meal.
  6. Turkish coffee is traditionally served with a glass of water. You should drink it before and after the coffee to clean your taste buds, and you can also drink it after every sip of coffee to feel its taste better.
  7. Turkish coffee is served with Turkish delight or baklava, but never with cream.
  8. The sugar is added during the preparation, not afterwards. The coffee is served at 4 standard level of sweetness that the customer may demand – from no sugar at all to very sweet (2 teaspoons for a small cup!).
  9. Turkish coffee is a part of wedding traditions. When a bride is meeting her potential husband and his parents for the first time, she makes them a good coffee, but she is adding salt instead of sugar in the groom’s cup. When the guy drinks it, he should keep calm and do not complain – this will show his good character.
  10. Turkish coffee is made in a special copper pot called “cezve”. We have scouted the Istanbul bazaar to chose the nicest cezves for our shop – check it out!