If you have ever been to Turkey, you may have noticed how popular drinking coffee is. No matter where you are, in the countryside or in major towns or cities, enjoying a coffee is a favorite pastime for people in this part of the world. But Turkish coffee is quite an acquired taste for many people as it is extremely powerful and strong. There are other unique aspects to Turkish coffee that are also quite unique and here are some of them.
The History of Turkish Coffee
The first coffee appeared on the streets of Istanbul around 1555. Syrian traders were responsible for introducing the Turks to the delights of coffee, and two centuries later the drinking of coffee was an important part of ceremonial occasions and favored at court. The Sultan himself had personal coffee attendants that were on hand to serve him coffee day or night. All women were judged by how well they could make coffee and some marriages hinged on this skill.
It is debatable if the first coffeehouses in the world originated in Turkey. But a fact is that in Eminonu coffeehouses existed nearly five centuries ago. And ever since, these establishments have been a favorite meeting place for men to discuss the important issues of the day. These relaxed coffeehouses were also the perfect place to pass on traditional literature and folk law.
How to Make Turkish Coffee
The traditional pot to brew coffee is called a cezve. It is normally made from copper and has a unique long handle. To make a single cup of Turkish coffee, you need to use a cup size of water and two full teaspoons of Arabica bean coffee. In Turkey sugar is never added after the coffee is poured into the cup, so if you want your coffee sweet you must add it to the pot. Bring the coffee to the boil and turn off the heat immediately as the foam is rising, this helps to ensure that the coffee will remain foamy. If you try to serve coffee in Turkey without foam it will be refused.
The UNESCO Stamp of Credibility
The method for making coffee has been officially recognized by UNESCO, and it has been entered on their Cultural Heritage List. It is said that the making of Turkish coffee is a reflection of hospitality and a way to show friendship. Often visitors to Turkish homes are offered coffee as a gesture of greeting and to welcome them inside the family residence.
Coffee and Fortune Telling
Similar to the pastime of reading tea leaves, coffee-cup reading in Turkey holds the same esteem. The shapes left in the cup after consuming the coffee are supposed to represent past life, and to also indicate what is in store in the future. Because Turkish coffee is made from a really fine grind then expect to find a thick layer of blackness as a residue in your cup after drinking. Drinking coffee when you visit Turkey is a must-do event, and then you can see just how it differs from your normal Starbucks at home.