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Feb 21, 2014 08:15 PM

Turkish coffee -- you're probably doing it wrong

First, I want to share a well-produced video of Turgay Yildizli, a Turk who has won multiple awards in Turkish coffee competitions, showing you his method of making Turkish coffee. It's a winner, and dead easy. No multiple boilings or fussing about of any sort. Forget what your friend's grandma's cousin told you.

You'll need:

1) A scale.
2) Good beans, light-medium roast (Brazilian beans heavy on the chocolate notes are what Turks favor).
3) A Turkish coffee grinder. Sozen is considered the standard, and you can get one shipped from this shop:
4) A cezve/ibrik (the Turkish coffee pot). Make sure yours has the tulip shape you see in the video. Rounded (concave) cezbe/ibrik don't work as well.
5) A demitasse/espresso/Turkish coffee cup.

The best results, as with any coffee, comes from freshly ground beans, and the Sozen hand grinders are very good and efficient at this process. If you want to skip the hand-grinding, note that most commercial grinders can't get the fineness necessary for Turkish. It's no shame to rely on Mehmet Efendi pre-ground coffee--if you go to Eminonu, Istanbul you'll see a line of Turks waiting to pick up freshly roasted, ground beans from the factory. Your Mehmet Efendi purchased from Amazon or others won't be as fresh, but those first few coffees will taste pretty good. If you follow Turgay's method.

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  1. Thanks for sharing! I will now probably obsess over this until I finally give in and buy the grinder etc.

    1. How did you know i'm bored with my stovetop espresso maker??
      I'm nanoseconds away from ordering the coffee, but i can't tell if its beans or already ground!
      Do you know from the look of the can?? I have a poor little neglected turkish coffee pot already, but i would need to get grinder if its the beans....

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      1. re: Ttrockwood

        AFAIK Mehmet Efendi only sells pre-ground. I love alternating between Turkish and espresso--the two most bold, interesting forms of coffee.

        1. re: fame da lupo

          Thanks! Glad i still have amazon prime ;)
          i also love the dark thick super strong flavor of espresso and the turkish coffee....most important part of my day!

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