Kahve – Delicious Turkish Coffee

When the weather gets warmer, I naturally begin feeling less active, more sluggish. Right around three in the afternoon, I crave something yummy and energizing to give me that second wind I need to write more posts for The Ajnabee, as well as edit my articles for Chic Today… So, lucky for me, I live in the East Village, where coffee houses and neighborhood joints abound. But, lucky for you, I got my favorite Moroccan restaurant to share their Turkish Coffee recipe, which is quite simply divine. If you have it in you, do turn your tiny demitasse over once you finish your coffee and try to read the grounds… I saw horses and camels in mine today. Not sure what that means, but hey, it was good enough just to find anything at all at the bottom of my cup! 

The “equipment” you’ll need are two demitasses – small espresso coffee cups, ideally made of thin porcelain – and an ibrik, typically a copper pot which can be heated over your stovetop. If you lack the ibrik, do use just a regular saucepan. It’s not the point to end up broke in the process, especially not during these crucial financial times. The only point is to enjoy a delicious treat! Simply. Oh, and if decide you don’t want to share it, well one cup will do, even if coffee always tastes better with someone else…

The ingredients are:

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon of very finely ground dark roasted coffee, so fine that it feels like powder

1 teaspoon of sugar, if you like your coffee medium sweet, or to taste

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom


To the cold water, add the powdered coffee and sugar, stirring until all the coffee grounds sink and the sugar is dissolved. Remove the teaspoon and never stir the coffee mixture again, or you’ll risk destroying the desirable foam that is meant to form on top of your coffee. Heat up the mixture, bringing it to a slow boil and then removing it from the flame. Add the cardamom powder and heat up the mixture again, bringing it to a boil once more, then remove from heat. Your coffee is ready! Pour it and enjoy it, with a glass of room temperature water to cleanse the palate and refresh. N-joy!

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One Response to “Kahve – Delicious Turkish Coffee”

  1. Mike:

    Thank you for posting this.

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