January 20, 2012

Category Archives: Politics


Turkish coffee potential symbol for EU bid

It’s becoming clear that European Union Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış aims to place Turkish coffee in the limelight of cultural negotiations. Ilhan Çulha recently published an recently published an article over at Today’s Zaman that illustrates that fascinating intersection– where Turkish coffee meets politics.

At a speech to organized by the Turkish Coffee Culture and Research AssociationBağış declared his support for Turkey’s premier beverage with staunch pride:  

“I drink Turkish coffee and claim it as my own,” he said. He also noted that “Turkish coffee is a good symbol for Turkey’s accession process to the European Union.”

Bağış had more interesting things to say, noting that the culture and originality of the beverage should not be sacrificed for technological advancement– perhaps a statement critical of the European Union’s tendency toward cultural standardization?

You can check out the article here. We agree that Turkish coffee is a great metaphor for the freshness of Turkey’s political and cultural aspirations. What do you think?

By Any Ethnic Name, Turkish Coffee The Best Buzz Around

Leon Kaye posted a great article about the politics of Turkish coffee for Salon.com, researching the words that people call the beverage and regional differences in preparation and presentation. armenian_coffee_cup1306802134

“The best coffee, however, is Turkish coffee. Armenians will cry foul at that moniker, as Armenian coffee is the perfect ending for a meal whether you are in Glendale or Yerevan. Greek coffee at a Plaka cafe after traipsing about the Acropolis is a nice cap after a day playing tourist.

Whatever country you may be in, just be sure to name the coffee based on what it is called within that country’s borders. Political sensitivities aside, however, most experts agree that the coffee bean made its way from Ethiopia to Cairo and Mecca, and eventually, to Istanbul–where coffee culture then started to thrive. Hence the general term, “Turkish coffee.”

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton having Turkish coffeeHillary Clinton having a cup of Turkish coffee on her visit to Turkey last week.

By Sue Pleming 

ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a sideshow to diplomacy, lamented on Saturday her fashion sense, divulged when she fell in love and shared how she dealt with personal struggles.

Appearing on a popular Turkish television chat show, Hadi Gel Bizimle (Come and Join Us), Clinton tackled a few diplomatic questions but the main focus was on her personal life, such as when she “last” fell in love.


Turkish coffee vs Greek coffee

While reading a forum based in London, i came across this thread about using the term Turkish coffee as opposed to Greek Coffee. The post raises some very interesting points:


This has generated a lively debate since I posted it
last week.
I think the winner is Sotirios with his
“Its Turkish coffee, and Turkish delight or
Lokoumia as we say in Greek which is another variation on the Turkish word
Lokoum (apologies to turkish speakers if spelling is off a bit).
We should
all acknowledge that centuries of living next to or with each other mean that
ideas and customs have been exchanged.“

The fascist Greek Junta tried to change the centuries
old Turkish coffee into Greek coffee in 1974 at the height of the anti-Turkish
hysteria about Cyprus when it issued a decree banning the use of words such as
Turkish coffee and Tourkolimani (Turkish port – name of the main port in

To insist calling
Turkish coffee Greek coffee is a form of racism.

I congratulate Sotirios and all other contributors who reject this form
of racism.

So whatever nationality cook yourself a nice cup of Turkish
coffee in an ‘ibrik’ or a ‘cezve’ and enjoy it with some Turkish delight!


Tourkikos cafes
Caffe Turco
Türkischer kaffee
Café Turc
Türk kahves



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