November 17, 2011

Category Archives: Coffee shops

Coffee shops

Hip New Southern California Turkish Coffee Shop

We are proud to announce the opening of Dripp Coffee in Chino Hills, California! 

Fed up with the usual spread of mega-corporate coffeehouses, stale gas station coffee and fast food frappes, Inland Empire coffeeconsumers are craving something different– and better. Luckily for them, Dripp will offer Turkish coffee as a permanent menu item, along with organic baked goods and coffeehouse standards-done-right. And you don’t even have to drive to L.A.!

With that in mind, we wish the best to our friends in Chino Hills, Dripp. Be sure to check out their recent feature in LA Weekly:       

A few years ago, Rabih Sater was working in the energy industry. A few years ago, the country was mired in a Great Recession, and the energy industry, like most other industries then (and now), slowed down considerably. Rather than holding out to become, say, an oil baron à la Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, Sater decided to focus on an entirely different type of black gold: coffee. His “coffee boutique,” Dripp, opens in The Shoppes at Chino Hills this week and brings Intelligentsia beans and Turkish coffee to the Inland Empire.

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Turkish Coffee in Santa Monica: Flying Saucers Café Turns 1-Year-Old

Courtesy of Flying Saucers

There are some neighborhoods where Turkish coffee is easier to find than an out of work actor. Santa Monica isn’t one of them. At Flying Saucers, owner Ryan Morris, 33, makes excellent Turkish coffee, the old-school way.

Ground with cardamom, cinnamon and other spices until it’s so fine it’s like dust, the brew is served unfiltered. Don’t stir. This is a ritual that requires patience. Let it settle as it forms a muddy layer at the bottom of your demitasse cup. Fortunately, Flying Saucers is the kind of café where patrons like to linger.

Read more here. 

Turkish coffee

Steve Woolsey, a designer, composer, writer and performer shares some musings on Turkish coffee. 

I have been trying to find a decent cup of Turkish coffee in the area for some time. I’ve even tried to find the right tools and ingredients to brew it at home. Ever since I first had a cup in the Czech Republic, it quickly ascended to the top of my beverage-based experiences.

I recently found a cafe not far from my apartment that serves said coffee. It’s called Sweetness 7 (corner of Grant & Lafayette in Buffalo). I had been there a few times prior, but hadn’t realized that the menu included this delicacy.

A few days ago I stopped over to try a cup (a mere $2!), and was surprised and impressed to find what lengths they went to provide an excellent Turkish coffee experience. It was served on a fancy little tray with a small cup for drinking, a small flask of cream, the entire pot of coffee straight off the stove, and one of the best walnut brownies I’ve had in some time.

This is an experience that I will seek out several times a week, for as long as I live in this city.

The best venues to drink Turkish coffee in İstanbul

Murat Tokay published an article in Today’s Zaman, a popular English language newspaper in Turkey, about some fantastic spots to grab a cup of Turkish coffee in Istanbul. 300px-Istanbul_-_Pierre_Loti_Cafe_-_01

Tokay begins with one of our favorite spots, Pierre Loti Cafe: Located on the hills of Eyüp, with an amazing view of the Golden Horn, the Pierre Loti Cafe is a popular venue for those who want to escape the city. The cafe can be reached by walking up stairs passing through the cemetery located next to the Eyüp Sultan mosque. If you sit near the very front, you can see an amazing view of the Golden Horn before you and sip a delicious cup of coffee. The cafe gets its name from famous French author Pierre Loti, who lived between 1850 and 1923. As a naval officer, Loti came to Turkey in 1876 and stayed for a year. It was during that same year that he discovered the historical coffee on the hills of Eyüp. Ever since then, the cafe on that hill has been called Pierre Loti.He goes on to discuss several great places to get Turkish coffeeheated on coals and cooked on sand, some of the best ways to prepare this delicious drink.

One other thing worth pointing out is Tokay’s discussion about theTurkish Coffee Culture and Research Foundation, a recently created group:

The chairman of the foundation is Atom Damalı, its members include people who contribute a great deal to the sector such as Ahmet Örs, Mehmet Aksel, Merve Gürsel, Osman Serim, Semir Orcan and Ali Sözmen. The mission of the foundation is to set up a standard of how to make Turkish coffee and give it the global attention it deserves. The foundation is also planning to write a book and film a comprehensive documentary on Turkish coffee.We’re certainly going to keep an eye on the Turkish Coffee Culture and Research Foundation, and we wish them the best!

The heart seeks a friend: coffee is just an excuse.

In a fantastic Today’s Zaman article entitled, “There’s nothing like a cup of coffee!” Charlotte McPherson shares her personal history with Turkish coffee. 

McPherson shares the concern of many Turks: western imports in the arena of coffee simply do not match up to local favorites.

Often we think when the Western version of something has arrived in Turkey, it is the first and best of its kind. Coffee and coffeehouses are a good example of this. Everyone thinks Starbucks and Gloria Jean’s are the places to be, but the best coffeehouses in Europe are of Turkish descent. 
Have you ever visited Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi in the Spice Bazaar or in Kadıköy? If you like coffee, you will want to stand in front of this shop and inhale the aroma of the roasting coffee beans. 

She also talks about learning how to drink Turkish coffee, including not sipping the very bottom where the telve (grounds) sit. 

When I came to Turkey, I fell in love with Turkish coffee after I learned how to drink it properly; that is, not swallow the last sip! If you do you, get a mouthful of coffee grinds. I am probably not the only Westerner who has done this. I somehow managed to swallow the grind without making a face or letting my hostess know what I’d done. The glass of water your host gives you with the Turkish coffee is not really for washing down the grind, but it worked in my case. 

She also shares some of the mystique and cultural appreciation surrounding the history of Turkish coffee in Istanbul and beyond:  

You can find a wide variety of coffee shops alongside the traditional coffee houses. Don’t forget that Ottoman envoys introduced Turkish coffee to European capitals beginning in the mid 1500s.

If you have not visited the Pierre Loti Coffee House in the Eyüp district of İstanbul, you are missing more than a cup of coffee! Although it has changed hands many times over the years, it claims to be the oldest coffee house in Turkey. You may wonder why it is called Pierre Loti. After all, he is not a Turk! Wasn’t he a French poet? 

Finally,  McPherson concludes with a beautiful Turkish proverb about coffee drinking that really cuts to the chase:

My dad and aunt listened to me then they would share their problems and thoughts with each other. Sitting around the table sharing coffee and our thoughts helped us bond. Metin Soytürk shares this Turkish proverb: 

“The heart seeks neither coffee nor the coffee house

The heart seeks a friend: coffee is just an excuse.”