January 5, 2017

Caffeine & Health

Independent research by scientists worldwide continues to link coffee to significant (and surprising) healthful properties.

Coffee has a naturally complex botanical profile, with at least 1,000 natural compounds in the bean (including caffeine) and another 300 created in the roasting process. Scientists have linked a number of them, including some strong antioxidants, with a host of physiological benefits.

Research has shown that moderate coffee consumption (or 3-5 cups daily) may be associated with many positive effects, including:

– Liver disease prevention
– Improved cognitive function in older adults
– Sharper memory
– Increased athletic endurance
– Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
– Longevity

Due to the increasing scientific evidence, coffee has earned a new – and improved – reputation. The latest U.S. Dietary Guidelines recently made an unprecedented recommendation for coffee as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The Caffeine Buzz

Many of these potential benefits are associated with caffeine, a naturally occurring stimulant found in coffee beans. The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can vary, depending on factors ranging from the type of bean to how it’s brewed.

Caffeinated coffee affects individuals differently, based on heredity, body weight, gender, metabolism (there are “fast caffeine metabolizers” versus slow ones), and coffee drinking habits.

While coffee has come to be closely associated with caffeine, today consumers can choose from a variety of caffeinated and decaffeinated options.



April 27, 2015

Turkish cardiologist suggests Turkish coffee for children

Turkish internal diseases and cardiology specialist, Professor Canan Karatay, has drawn attention to the stimulating effect of Turkish coffee on the brain, and said that children can drink Turkish coffee as much as they like as long as it is sugar-free. “Coffee is a very powerful antioxidant. Although sugar causes damage in the brain, coffee repairs it,” she continued. She said healthy nutrition and natural foods are highly important for children and stressed that children should never consume artificial and packed foods. Stating that Turkey is rich in olives, olive oil, hazelnuts and hazelnut oil, she continued, “Parents should familiarize their children with these natural food sources. Children need to consume natural village eggs and fatty lamb meat. It is also important for children to eat lamb’s feet.” According to Professor Karatay, these foods contain calcium, protein, mineral, vitamin omega-3 fatty acid and all healthy fats that children need during adolescence. She also claimed that children become mentally alert during adolescence when they consume vitamins A, D, E, and K apart from other nutrition sources.

Daily Sabah News, April, 27, 2015

January 10, 2015

What is the correct name for a Turkish coffee pot?

There are primarily two names for a Turkish coffee pot:

  1. Cezve (and variations like dzezve, jazzve, gjezve, xhezve).  Used in the Balkans, Russia and the Middle East.
  2. Ibrik or ibriki. Used in Greece and the English speaking countries.

The correct name is “cezve”; pronounced “jezzve”.  You might ask why?  Well there are several reasons. To start out with ibrik is a type of ewer: a type of pitcher or jug that is shaped like a vase and that was used for holding water (as defined in the Webster’s).

It is a Persian word and comes from (â-briz) and means sewer, latrine, watershed.  ”Ibrik” is the Ottoman Turkish pronunciation of this word.

The word also means “toilet” in Persian and there is an ibrik in every toilet in the Middle East (I ‘ll let your imagination decide what it’s used for!).

On the other hand, the name “cezve” is of Arabic origin, but the spelling is derived from the Ottoman Turkish spelling in Arabic script.  Based on the Arabic meaning, “cezve” refers to a cooking pot used on burning log, ashes or sand. This is why it is the correct name.

However, I also am perfectly okay with calling it a “Turkish coffee pot”.

Here is what an ibrik looks like, and you can not use it to make Turkish coffee:

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Here is what a cezve looks like:

decorative cezve


August 4, 2014

Line copper with tin for culinary win!

Most people are aware of the wonderful uses of copper in cooking. Chefs from around the world praise the material for its ability to evenly and efficiently disperse heat. However, because it is very reactive to the acid present in food, most coppersmiths line the cookware with a less reactive metal– usually tin or stainless steel.


We choose to line our copper products with tin for several reasons:

For one, tin is able to neutralize copper’s surface without interfering with the metal’s excellent cooking properties. It is also highly durable and easy to clean.

On the other hand, stainless steel can get in the way of copper’s benefits. For instance, it can significantly reduce the conductivity of copper.

In our opinion, it is a waste to purchase a beautiful piece of copper cookware and lessen the benefits of this world-renown metal by lining them with stainless steel.

We are not saying that stainless steel is bad in itself—we even sell stainless steel Turkish coffee pots. However, you will not get the tremendous advantages of cooking with copper, so you may as well save your money and purchase a set of cookware made entirely of stainless steel.

Tin is also incredibly safe. 

Tin is an essential element and a trace mineral. It is naturally found in our bodies, as well as many of the foods we eat, and has been used in cookware since the Bronze Ages.

In fact, recent studies show that most Americans are actually deficient in tin consumption, causing ailments like low adrenals and hair loss. Scientists are unsure of the its precise in human health, but several studies point to decreased fatigue and decreased depression, as well as increased digestive capabilities, with steady tin consumption.

Even so, tin has a very high melting point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, coffee boils at around 212 degrees Fahrenheit. With normal use, your tin-lined copper pot will never reach the high temperatures needed for any significant leaching to occur.

More information on maintenance:
We line all of our copper products with thick, pure tin, in order to increase the safety and durability of its use. Eventually, the cookware will need to be re-tinned after a decade or so of regular use (click here for a great tinsmith in the U.S.). Also, because tin does melt at very high temperatures, you should never place a tin-lined pot on a hot stove with nothing inside of it. If you do this, you risk “dry burning” the pot.

February 21, 2014 September 9, 2013

Drink Turkish coffee– your liver will thank you!


A new study out of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the Duke University School of Medicine suggests that drinking more caffeine “may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).”

According to the study, over 30 percent of US adults may have this condition– especially those with diabetes and other liver-affecting disorders. The team found a clear correlation in mice between extra caffeine consumption and lower levels of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Your liver controls a myriad of important processes in your body, and weakening its function is one sure-fire way to get into a heap of trouble.

Coffee, like chocolate, is targeted by a sensationalist news cycle, where news reports seem to flip between glorifying or demonizing the product every other week. 

That said, it’s hard to ignore the correlation revealed in this groundbreaking study. We feel that coffee has the potential to contribute to healthy lifestyles. We’ve personally read information linking increased coffee consumption to lowered cholesterol and healthier hearts. There are great health benefits of Turkish coffee in particular, which we’ve also found to be a wonderful smoking cessation tool. 

So, why is Turkish coffee a fantastic choice for anyone planning to increase their caffeine consumption?

  • It’s concentrated: one little demitasse cup of Turkish coffee has the caffeine content of a regular-sized cup of drip coffee, or a shot of espresso.
  • It’s cost effective: Turkish coffee pot is far less expensive than the average home espresso machine. You can also use less coffee because it is unfiltered.
  • It’s delicious: you end up with a tasty beverage that is both pleasant (correctly brewed Turkish coffee is never boiled and never bitter) and full to the brim with the natural oils that give coffee beans their distinct, intricate flavors.
  •  On the same note: It will be far easier to increase your caffeine intake if you actually like what you’re drinking!

We encourage you to consult with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet or health management. If you think you could benefit from the health benefits of Turkish coffee, check out ourTurkish coffee products today. 

August 21, 2013

Turkish coffee is soaring high at the GBTA Travel Convention!

Thanks to Turkish Airlines and The Global Business Travel Association for a great convention.  turkish-coffee-catering


We recently served Turkish coffee for Turkish Airlines at The Global Business Travel Association Convention 2013. They were a Super Gold sponsor of the event, and part of their their partnership with Star Alliance involved serving at the #GBTA Star Alliance booth.


We had a great time serving and meeting people at the event, and we’re glad Turkish Airlines chose to share the best of Turkey with the international travel community. 

If you’d like to experience true Turkish catering in California, whether it be Turkish coffee by itself or with food, click the link above to check out our catering page. 

April 24, 2013

What kind of coffee can you use to make Turkish coffee?

What kind of coffee can you use to make Turkish coffee? Any kind will do. It is the “method” that provides the health benefits (because it is unfiltered) and the delicious taste. As long as coffee beans are grind to a fine powder and brewed in specially designed pots that help produce foam, you’re good to go.

Most major grocery stores in US have a grinder with a Turkish setting, usually on the far right on the dial. Thus, you can buy any kind coffee bean at your grocery store, grind it and brew it using the Turkish method.

Note: “Turkish” grind and “espresso” grinds are NOTinterchangeable. The espresso grind is more coarse (perfect for making… you guessed it, espresso). Commercial coffee grinders need to be fitted with special burrs, or re-calibrated to produce Turkish grind. 

TCW-0025A-2T That said, manufacturing coffee is an art. From purchasing to roasting and grinding to packaging, every stage of the process calls for a variety of skills and expertise as well as great attention to detail.It takes a perfectionist to choose the highest quality coffee beans, a good ear to hear the songs sung by the beans as they roast, and meticulous attention and care to grind the coffee correctly. 

If you want coffee that already has been finely grind and special blends that complement the method, please visit our web store atTurkishCoffeeWorld.com

August 2, 2012

Got 5 seconds? Turn boring ice cream into a coffee lover’s dream!

Voilà, a quick Turkish coffee ice cream!

Did you know that finely ground Turkish coffee is palatable without preparation? Cooking with Turkish coffee is easy; we use it as a garnish or flavoring for many dishes at Turkish Coffee World, from tiramisu to chicken kabobs.

To spruce up any grocery store ice cream, sprinkle it with Turkish coffee (Psst… we have the largest selection on the web!) You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find a rich and sweet flavor that complements vanilla or chocolate very well.  I recommend Mehmet Efendi for cooking, because their grind is very fine and consistent. 

Turkish coffee can also be brewed and used as a substitute for espresso in any recipe. 

How do you cook with Turkish coffee?
July 18, 2012

What’s your Turkish coffee story?

turkishcoffeebackgroundSince my dad startedour family Turkish coffee businessin 2005, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting individuals from many different walks of life. Some of these people have had Turkish coffee countless times in their lives. Others have never tried it– let alone attempted to make it.

However, they all cross my path for the same reason: they have Turkish coffee stories.

A son returns from war with a new coffee craving. A mom wants to recreate her parent’s drink of choice for her children. A friend is searching for that perfect Christmas gift. You know, for the globetrotter? This is just a small example of the personal connection that many of our customers share with the beverage.

In its roots, Turkish coffee is steeped in centuries of tradition, culture and politics. And though it’s the beverage of choice for millions around the world, Turkish coffee is still novel to many coffee lovers.

If you want to know more, find out exactly what makes Turkish coffee more than a great cup of coffee by subscribing today. Just enter your email in the subscription box on the right column of this page.

What is your Turkish coffee story? If you have an interesting Turkish coffee story, leave it below– or shoot us an email for guest blogging opportunities!

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