How to Prepare Turkish Coffee
You can prepare your Turkish coffee in two main ways:
By using a pot (classical way)
By using an automatic-machine (machine way)
It takes just 3 easy steps:
1) Grinding coffee
The first thing you need is coffee 🙂 Traditionally, you should start preparing your Turkish coffee by grinding beans. Turkish coffee is made from Arabica beans. A dark roast is preferred but even a medium roast coffee will yield a strong aroma and flavor. Turkish coffee is the finest coffee you can have. You can grind coffee with a mortar (the original method) or a mill (today's method). In the end, your coffee will be very powdery. Remember, Turkish coffee is the finest grind of coffee used in any style of coffee making. To have a faster start, you can skip this step by buying pre-ground (ready to use) coffee, which is ground and roasted. Even in Turkey, most people use pre-ground coffee for time-saving reasons.
It is always better to buy coffee that is specifically labeled as “Turkish Coffee”. For instance, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi is a good coffee brand. But, if you can not find such coffee, then you may try something like Starbucks Breakfast Blend.
2) Putting ingredients together
You can use your fincan (Turkish coffee cup) as a measuring cup. Just pour one cup of cold drinking water in cezve (pot) for per cup of coffee. Add two teaspoons of coffee (5 g) and two teaspoons of sugar (if desired) per cup.
Blend the coffee and sugar with teaspoon over a low flame. Heat the pot as slowly as you can. If you loose your attention, it can easily overflow, be very careful! If you take your eye off during the brewing process, then it can overflow in a blink of the eye 🙂 But, do not be afraid, once you get used to it is really very easy to take thins under your control.
When the coffee almost boils (about over a second time), pour some of the coffee into the coffee cup to get the foam. If you prepare for more than one cup, then pour it evenly among the cups. Allow the remaining coffee to brew a while longer before adding it to the cups. This boil-pour some-and almost boil again method is critical to have good quality foam. You can repeat this process 2 or 3 times. It depends on your patience 🙂 Rule of thumb is 3 times.
As you noticed, Turkish style does not have a filtering process at any time. So, it is better to wait for a while (between 30 seconds to a minute) before drinking your coffee to let the coffee grounds settle at the bottom of the cup. The coffee grounds sink to the bottom should not be consumed. Also, as you will see majority of the grounds are left in the cezve.
It is really so fast and practical, also the coffee prepared by the machine really tastes good. A Turkish white goods producer, Arcelik, designed the Turkish coffee machine. The only thing you should do is put coffee, water and sugar (if desired) into machine's special pot and then to press the only button the machine has. Your delicious coffee will be ready within one minute.
Now you can enjoy your coffee … 🙂
Afiyet Olsun! (Bon Appetite!)