An Authentic Method: How To Cook Classical Turkish Coffee? What Do You Need?


As one of the most authentic coffee preparing methods in the world, Turkish coffee attracts the attention of many coffee lovers with its characteristic foam and unique taste. Furthermore, Turkish coffee naturally comes with a pleasant conversation and joyful memories that are enjoyed together. Long conversations become more meaningful with a cup of Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee, which is usually drunk especially in the morning and between meals, also has social significance for Turkish society.

Let’s talk about the cooking method of this special coffee, which has its own fortune-telling method, and all the tools you need while cooking. So, what will you need to cook yourself a steaming cup of Turkish coffee?

Things You Need In Order To Cook Turkish Coffee

The traditional steps of Turkish coffee preparation consist of roasting, cooling, grinding, cooking, and serving. In time, the old and conventional tools that were used in these steps are now replaced by new and modern tools. You can find below all the tools you need to make delicious and foamy Turkish coffee at home:

  • Wooden coffee grinder (if the coffee beans are unground)
  • Copper, brass or steel Turkish coffee pot
  • Turkish coffee cups

You can also buy ground Turkish coffee. In that case, all you will need is the Turkish coffee pot and Turkish coffee cups. Alright, let’s say we have all these ready at hand. How can we cook delicious and traditional Turkish coffee?

How To Cook Turkish Coffee?

The first and most important thing to cook delicious Turkish coffee is to make sure your coffee beans are fresh. If the coffee is not fresh, the Turkish coffee will leave a sour and bitter taste in your mouth. If you have fresh coffee, you can start cooking your Turkish coffee with your Turkish coffee pot and porcelain cups by adding sugar and drinking water. But first, we would like to talk about the four different Turkish coffee options and the measurements that you need to know in order to prepare these options (for 1 person). Keep in mind that these measurements are for 1 person/serving. You can adjust the serving size according to the number of people that you will be serving the Turkish coffee by changing these measurements accordingly.

Turkish coffee can be served in four different ways according to the person’s preference:

  1. Without Sugar: 1 teaspoon of coffee, 1 cup of water.
  2. With Low Sugar: 1 teaspoon of coffee, ½ cube of sugar, 1 cup of water.
  3. With Medium Sugar: 1 teaspoon of coffee, 1 cube of sugar, 1 cup of water.
  4. With Sugar: 1 teaspoon of coffee, 2 cubes of sugar, 1 cup of water.

You can start the cooking phase after preparing the ingredients according to your preference. Here is how to cook Turkish coffee step-by-step:

  • Add the coffee, sugar (if you prefer), and water into the Turkish coffee pot. 
  • Stir until the sugar is melted and blended together with coffee. 
  • Turn on the stove just a little less than medium heat. 
  • Do not stir again. Wait for the coffee to come to a boiling point on low heat. Be patient. 
  • Once the coffee starts to boil and rise up, take the foam on top by using a teaspoon and distribute it equally inside the coffee cups. 
  • Put the Turkish coffee pot back on the stove and let it boil once again. Once it boils, turn off the stove and pour the coffee into the cups.

If you are wondering “How long does it take to cook Turkish coffee?”, the answer is around 6-7 minutes. There are some points that you should pay attention to while serving as well.

How To Serve Turkish Coffee?

Turkish coffee is served in special Turkish coffee cups. It is served together with a small glass of cold water and Turkish delight. There are different reasons to serve it together with cold water. Some say that the water is to remove the feeling that the ground coffee leaves in the throat, while others say that the water is used to clean the palate before drinking the coffee so that you can taste it better.

If you are curious about the details of the Turkish coffee drinking ritual after the cooking phases, you can read our “A Sophisticated Coffee Drinking Ritual: How to Drink Turkish Coffee? What Goes Well With It?” article.

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