My New Obsession with Turkish Coffee

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So, confession time. I’m not much of a coffee drinker. I know, I know – according to the internet, I’m not much of an entrepreneur either without that hobby/addiction/routine. However, when I was in Istanbul last summer, I tasted my first Turkish coffee + it may have changed my life. Turkish coffee is sweet, not bitter at all, + so smooth – quite a difference from most of the coffee I’ve tasted in the United States. Once I’d had my first sip, I knew my souvenir from the trip was going to be a way to make this deliciousness at home.

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When making Turkish coffee, you need very fine grounds – it should be almost like powdered sugar consistency.

Use your cup to measure how much water you’ll need into the coffee pot. The cups are small, almost like espresso cups + the traditional Turkish coffee pot is made of copper or brass, with a long handle.

Once you have your water measured, add the coffee + sugar. Use one scoop of sugar for medium sweetness or two for extra sweet – you can also skip adding sugar but really, WHY would you skip adding sugar?!

It’s important not to stir the coffee when you first add it to the water; instead, let it heat up on the stove + stir once gently after it has dissolved. You want the coffee to foam so don’t actually let the water come to a boil, just heat it slowly to allow it to froth.

Once the coffee is warm + has built up enough froth (just take it off the heat for a bit if it starts to rise before the foam has really accumulated), it’s ready + you can pour it into your cup. Turkish tea is usually served with a small glass of water as well. Let the coffee settle in the cup – since it will still have all the grounds, you need them to sink to the bottom of the cup before you can drink it. Then enjoy!

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Once you’ve finished your delicious Turkish coffee, you can have your fortune read in the grounds. Leave a little bit of liquid in with the grounds (don’t drink it down to the bottom, otherwise you’ll get coffee grounds in your mouth!), make a wish, and then put your saucer over the top of the cup + flip it over. Move the cup in clockwise circles 3 times to coat the inside of the cup with the grounds + then place on the table to cool. You can’t read the fortune until your cup has completely cooled, so sometimes a ring or a coin is placed on the top of the cup to accelerate the process.

Once the cup has cooled to the touch, flip the cup back over + look for shapes in the grounds on the sides of your cup. The different shapes give you clues about your future; for example, a fish means money is coming, birds indicate news, roads are taking you on a journey and so on. Just have fun with it!

One of my favorite things to do is find shapes in the clouds when I’m outside on a sunny day + this is basically the same game but on a smaller scale. There’s a whole culture involved in fortune reading through Turkish coffee grounds, including a phone app where you can upload a photo of your cup + have your fortune read, but overall it’s fun to just look for symbols + use your intuition to weave together a story.

Have you ever tried Turkish coffee? If you do, let me know what you think!

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