I can do many things – of which I am shameless in admitting. But two key things that have always eluded me that seem so mundane to do are gift wrapping and a good pot of Turkish coffee. Not sure why, I’m part intimidated, part delusional in admitting that I have yet to perfect those two skills. I seem to have made good headway with the latter. Turkish coffee is not for everyone – but for those, like me, who savour it, are inspired by it and its deep flavour, relish the opportunity to chat with friends over a generous cup, and thoroughly enjoy a sense of the exotic from that first whiff – here is a quick way for a great cup of Turkish coffee. The mystery is unravelled!
- Adding exotic flavour to your afternoons
- Kicking up your coffee game a notch
- Gossip sessions with friends
- 3 small cups of cold filtered water (you can use the Turkish coffee cups as measuring tools here)
- 2 tbsp generously filled of ground Turkish Coffee (preferably freshly ground beans with a cardamom pod – but not a must)
- Sugar to taste
Kitchen things you’ll need:
- Ideally Turkish coffee pot (Cesve), but you can use a regular saucepan
- Turkish cups or Longie espresso cups
- Mortar and pestle (to add flavours such as saffron or cardamom, optional)
- Small spoon to stir
- Place the sugar (based on the desired taste), water, and Turkish coffee in metal Turkish coffee pot.
- Using a small spoon, stir briefly to combine then place pot on stovetop.
- Slowly bring coffee mixture to a boil over medium heat about 4 minutes.
- As the coffee warms, a dark foam will build up. As it comes to a full boil, take some of the foam and put into each of your Turkish coffee cups with a small spoon.
- Put the coffee pot back on the stove then as is comes to a boil again, and pour half of the coffee into the cups, over the foam.
- Put the coffee pot back to the stovetop and boil (yes, again!) for an about 20 seconds then pour the rest in to the coffee cups.
- Reluctant to say this is optional, because its almost mandatory, but serve with a nice piece of Turkish Delight or Baklava.
- Feel free to add flavours such as cardamom, cinnamon, or saffron (crush with a mortar and pestle) and add to the coffee in the cups with a quick stir.