April 30, 2009

Turkish coffee set delivers flavor and fun

By Abbi Perets on CNET News

I’m currently spending five weeks visiting my husband’s family in Israel, and we’re right in the middle of the holiday of Passover. As is traditional during the intermediate days of the week-long festival, yesterday we went on a day trip to get out and enjoy nature–and to eat. A lot. At the end of the day, after eating continuously for 7 hours, we decided to head to a nearby campground and roast marshmallows. And to drink? Well, Turkish coffee, of course.

Is that not what you generally drink with your toasted marshmallows? Well, you’re missing out. And if you’ve never had Turkish coffee, you’re really missing out. I hadn’t had a decent cup in years, but our friend cooked up a batch that was nothing short of amazing. Turkish coffee should really be roasted outdoors over an open fire, but in a pinch you can use your gas cooktop. The Turkish Coffee Set has everything you need to get started and enjoy your first cup of genuine Middle Eastern flavor–a small ibrik (that’s the pot you make the coffee in), half a pound of Turkish coffee, and complete instructions. Cooking the coffee is half the experience, so take your time and do it right. When made properly, Turkish coffee is designed to be savored slowly, with good friends and great conversation. Once you master the technique, you can invest in a larger ibrik and serve your friends. Even if your normal drink is a Starbucks concoction, give Turkish coffee a try; it’s a nice change of pace.