You’ve finely made it to Asia.. wait Europe, wait…you’ve made it to two continents in one! That’s right, Istanbul lies in between the continents. After your long journey to Istanbul or another city in Turkey, you’re likely to have a little jetlag. What better way to get adjusted to the new timezone than with some turkish coffee.
- Turkish coffee is usually drank after a meal. Unlike most westerners who want their coffee first thing in the morning, Turks enjoy their coffee after a long breakfast or lunch. The turks look at coffee as a great way to complete a meal, not start one. While that is tradition, it doesn’t mean you can’t order one first thing in the morning. While in Bodrum, I ordered a cup first thing in the morning to enjoy by the harbor.
- Decide how much sugar you want when your order it. The sugar is mixed in while the coffee is brewed. Since the grounds are left in the cup, you can’t stir in your sugar after it’s made.
- No milk. You won’t need it, trust me.
- Don’t drink the grounds – You may think you’re wasting 1/3 of your cup but the grounds are not to be drank. Leave them at the bottom. If you want to pull a prank on a friend, tell them to drink the grounds. 😉
- Take your time and enjoy the cup. Unlike your typical Starbucks which is 16 oz, a turkish coffee is 2-3 oz. This may seem like a very small amount to many. It’s a little larger than an espresso, but unlike an espresso that has 80 mg of caffeine, turkish coffee has around 160 mg of caffeine. That should be enough to wake you up after your long flight or a late night in Bodrum. If you need more of a boost, order turkish tea later in the day to keep you moving.
- The water is to cleanse your pallet after your coffee. Some restaurants will serve you a shot glass of water or an entire bottle. Save this for after your coffee is finished.
- Turkey does not grow coffee beans. Turkish coffee is only the method in which the coffee is made.
Actually the thick paste of coffee grounds that forms at the bottom is delicious. It’s like eating coffee-flavoured sand :). Most people don’t drink it though…
I have never tried turkish coffee before but I have heard it has a much higher caffeine concentration compared to other preparation methods.
Turkish coffee has been famed all through the world because of its quality and the precise method, in which it is prepared, served, drank and the traditions of fortune telling that are associated with drinking of the coffee whether with friends or family.
Of all the unchristian beverages that ever passed my lips, Turkish coffee is the worst. The cup is small, it is smeared with grounds; the coffee is black, thick, unsavory of smell, and execrable in taste. The bottom of the cup has a muddy sediment in it half an inch deep. – Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad
So, famous or infamous?
Thanks for the post. I haven’t had Turkish coffee before, but I have had Greek coffee (I’m told they’re the same thing) 😉 It was different, but enjoyable. I had no idea that it had that much caffeine in it, though! Makes me think I should try it again soon…