Our trip to Turkey several years ago left us in love. In love with the scenery of the country, the history, the culture, the language, the friendly people and the coffee. Turkish coffee became something Hubby and I looked forward to morning, noon and night. Returning home we thought surely we could recreate the wonderful java ourselves. After failing miserably several times we gave up.
One day not so long ago I met Uncle Spike, albeit virtually, who lives in Turkey and has a fascinating blog about daily life there. I shared memories of our time in the country mentioned our love of the coffee, now a distant memory.
Last week I opened the mailbox to find small package from Turkey waiting patiently for me. Uncle Spike had sent two packages of Turkish coffee to us as a gift! He then went on to post a guide as to how to make traditional Turkish coffee on his blog which you can find here.
As promised to him, the report of our coffee making adventure, following Uncle Spike’s directions explicitly, we now present:
A Beginner’s Guide to Making Turkish Coffee for Two
1) Gather the equipment you will need. Two small coffee cups and saucers – we brought these back as souvenirs from Turkey but espresso cups would work as well.
We purchased the small coffee pot above from a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern specialty store.
Turkish coffee – if Uncle Spike won’t send you any this too can be found in the same store.
2) Fill your Turkish or espresso cups with water and pour into the coffee pot.
3) Add 2 heaping teaspoons of coffee to the water. Note that heaping in this case means as much as the spoon can hold. If you want sugar in your coffee also add 1-2 sugar cubes per person at this time.
UNCLE SPIKE SAYS DO NOT STIR!
4) Turn on very LOW heat. The emphasis is on low as the mixture must not boil.
5) As the water heats the coffee will begin to sink.
6) Keep at low heat until the mixture looks like it might be about to boil.
UNCLE SPIKE SAYS DO NOT LET IT BOIL!
7) Pour some of the coffee water mixture into each of the cups. Replace back on the burner with low heat for 5 seconds. We confess ours sat for 15 seconds but it did not boil.
8) Slowly pour the remaining coffee into the cups filling almost to the top.
9) Serve to guests with a glass of water to sip before and after. Garnish with pieces of Turkish Delight which we found at the same specialty store.
UNCLE SPIKE SAYS DO NOT GIVE THE GUESTS SPOONS. Apparently a tourist can be spotted at great distance stirring their Turkish coffee.
10) Do not drink the bottom sludge. You only have to do it once and pick coffee grounds out of your teeth for days to understand Turkish coffee is not good to the last drop.
If you have not been to Uncle Spike’s blog I highly encourage you to visit by clicking here. Such a generous heart he has and you will come to love Turkey as much as we do through his eyes.
Now off you go for a visit and let us know how the coffee making goes.