Turkish coffee has a sort of romantic shade, since its hands-on process is truly ancient, dating back to the 16th century, at the time of Sultan Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire. The device Turks use to brew their coffee, known as cezve, hold an exotic appeal and provides a remarkable coffee experience, as we will see in the following paragraphs.
Although being of Turkish origin, it seems the word “cezve” comes from the Arabic “Jadhwa”, meaning ember. A cezve consists of a small pot, a long handle and a pouring lip appositely designed to brew delightful Turkish coffee. Also called ibrik, meaning “water” or “to pour”, according to different traditions in the Middle Eastern world, cezve was originally made of brass, copper, gold, or silver. Being nowadays popular in Europe, the increasing demand for these traditional Turkish jars took producers to craft them in several materials, including ceramics and aluminium, in order to suit different heat sources.
Made in several sizes and designs, each material has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. However, they are all able to produce amazing Turkish coffee. Let’s see in detail which are the most common materials in which they are produced:
Whether old fashioned or the latest fashion, these materials are all safe and suitable for preparing a tasty and strong cup of Turkish coffee!
What is Turkish coffee? Let’s see what makes it different from regular coffee. First, as the name itself suggests, we are dealing with a traditional beverage from Turkey, which is in fact quite popular abroad, both in Asia and Europe. It has a very distinctive character and differs a lot from the regular coffee because of the grind of the beans and its method of preparation, which obviously includes the cezve. Its traditional brewing requires very finely ground coffee (finer than regular one), water and, usually, sugar. As we are about to see, the preparation of Turkish coffee involves a frothy foaming stage – just below boiling – in the cezve before serving.
While any kind of coffee is suitable for Turkish coffee, Arabica varieties are indeed the best ones. Nevertheless, Robusta or any other blend are still appropriate and will make your cup flavourful! To grind your coffee, you can make use of a cheap and matching crafted Turkish coffee mill. Let’s now see how to prepare your wonderful Turkish coffee with this following easy-to-make method!
Here are a few additional tips for making your traditional Turkish coffee delightful using a fancy cevze:
That’s how to prepare your amazing Turkish coffee! People in Turkey often enjoy their cup of coffee right after breakfast. Finally, remember Turkish coffee is generally served either with some chocolate or a tasty dessert, such as a traditional candy called lokum or a delicious baklava.