If you are someone who drinks coffee on a regular basis, you may sometimes get bored with plain old coffee served the regular way.
Fortunately, though, there are always new and interesting ways to enjoy coffee. One such way is the Turkish way.
Turkish coffee is a special method of preparation of coffee that can give it a whole new taste and flavor. If you’d like to try Turkish coffee for yourself, read on for some tips on how to prepare it and how best to enjoy it.
Get This Before You Start
Before you can enjoy Turkish coffee, you have to learn how to make Turkish coffee.
Fortunately, it isn’t all that hard, but there is one key thing that you will need.
That “thing” is a specialty Turkish coffee grinder. It will grind your beans perfectly for this special style of coffee.
If you don’t want to spend the money on a grinder just yet, visit a store that has a grinder. Many stores will allow you to use their grinders to grind your own beans.
Grinding at a store is a great way to try out Turkish coffee without spending a lot of money. Of course, if you fall in love with this style of coffee, you can always buy your own grinder later.
Prepare Turkish Coffee This Way
Once you have the correct beans, then it’s time to make your coffee.
You will start by heating up as much water as you need for your coffee. This will vary depending on the strength of coffee you prefer, as well as how many cups you are making.
A good guide to follow is to use about one tablespoon for each cup of coffee you will make.
You add the coffee to the hot water and allow the mixture to sit for a moment before stirring.
At this point, you can add your desired amount of sugar. After a moment, stir the mixture together. Be sure to stir until a foam starts to build up. Allow this froth to build because it will be delicious!
Remember, too, that you should never allow the coffee to quite reach boiling. Hot is okay, but boiling is not.
Once the mixture is as frothy as you can get it without boiling, pour your coffee into a Turkish coffee pot, often called a cezve, and enjoy.
Serving Your Coffee
Once the hard work of making your Turkish coffee is over, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it.
Be sure to savor your coffee, slowly enjoying each sip.
Also, remember that this drink is traditionally served with water to cleanse the palate before drinking and in between sips of coffee.
The Turkish tradition is never to gulp the coffee down but to truly taste each drink you take.
As you enjoy your drink, you may find that you feel like it’s “missing something” or that it’s not exactly how you’d like it.
Don’t be afraid to play around with sugar amounts, froth amounts, and more until you find the perfect Turkish coffee for you.
Also, there are some serving and preparation variations that you may wish to try to change up the flavor.
Try it with Cinnamon, Sugar, and Cardamom
If you’d like to try your Turkish coffee with a little “kick,” blend in some vanilla sugar. You can find this at some stores, or you can make it yourself by adding a vanilla bean pod to sugar and blending.
After you’ve got your desired amount of vanilla sugar, break up a couple of cardamom pods and add to your coffee. Then, sprinkle in some cinnamon.
This will give a spicy, exotic taste to your Turkish coffee. It’s not for everyone, but many people like this unique taste. In fact, some people won’t drink Turkish coffee any other way.
Try it with Cocoa
Are you the kind of person who can’t get enough sweets?
If so, you will probably enjoy Turkish coffee served with a little cocoa mixed in.
This is a great way to add sweetness to Turkish coffee and makes for a fun treat on a cold day.
You prepare the coffee the same as always, but, when you add the coffee, you also add in about a tablespoon of cocoa. You can add less if preferred; it’s all about your personal taste.
This added step will make your coffee much sweeter and creamier.
As you can see, there are all kinds of ways to enjoy Turkish coffee. These are just a few options out of a great many.
Try it any way you like, but you’re sure to get added enjoyment from your coffee if you follow these simple tips.