March 30, 2008

Coffee flowers

6Check out this awesome fact, found onMehmet Effendi’s website.

Two or three times a year, after heavy rains, the coffee tree bears wonderful, pure white flowers. The blossom’s heady fragrance has been likened to that of jasmine or the orange blossom. A tree that has recently matured will bear 20-30,000 flowers a year.

The coffee blossom begins to wilt within a few hours of opening, already preparing to produce fruit.

We carry fresh Mehmet Effendi, an industry-standard in Turkish coffee, in our store.

March 25, 2008 March 21, 2008

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.”

 


March 19, 2008

Turkish Coffee Recipes

Turkish coffee with Milk 

Recipe for Two persons
  • Add 3 oz of water and 3 oz of milk into your coffee maker (make sure you liquids are cold)
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons Turkish coffee
  • Add sugar to your taste
  • Have the mixture come to a frothing (NOT boiling please)
  • Move your coffee away from the heat (or turn down the heat) to let foam subside
  • Have it come to froth again
  • Serve into your cups
  • Wait about 30-45 seconds to let grounds settle and enjoy.
  • Stop drinking when you reach to the “sediments” in the bottom
  • Now sit back and relax and enjoy your sensation!
Turkish coffee with Cocoa 
Recipe for Two persons
  • Add 6 oz of water (make sure it is cold).
  • Add 1 ½ or 2 tablespoons of Turkish coffee and ½ to 1 table spoons ofcocoa
  • Add sugar to your taste
  • Have the mixture come to a frothing (NOT boiling please)
  • Move your coffee away from the heat (or turn down the heat) to let foam subside
  • Have it come to froth again
  • Serve into your cups
  • Wait about 30-45 seconds to let grounds settle and enjoy.
  • Stop drinking when you reach to the “sediments” in the bottom
  • Now sit back, relax and enjoy your sensation!
Turkish coffee with Chocolate Syrup
Recipe for Two persons
  • Add 6 oz of water (make sure it is cold).
  • Add 1 ½ or 2 tablespoons of Turkish coffee and ½ to 1 table spoons ofChocolate syrup
  • Do not add sugar.
  • Have the mixture come to a frothing (NOT boiling please)
  • Move your coffee away from the heat (or turn down the heat) to let foam subside
  • Have it come to froth again
  • Serve into your cups
  • Wait about 30-45 seconds to let grounds settle and enjoy.
  • Stop drinking when you reach to the “sediments” in the bottom
  • Now sit back, relax and enjoy your sensation!
Turkish coffee with Vanilla or Almond extract 
Recipe for Two persons
  • Add 6 oz of water (make sure it is cold).
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of Turkish coffee and 2-3 drops of vanilla or almond extract
  • Add sugar to taste
  • Have the mixture come to a frothing (NOT boiling please)
  • Move your coffee away from the heat (or turn down the heat) to let foam subside
  • Have it come to froth again
  • Serve into your cups
  • Wait about 30-45 seconds to let grounds settle and enjoy.
  • Stop drinking when you reach to the “sediments” in the bottom
  • Now sit back, relax and enjoy your sensation!
March 13, 2008

Bosnian Coffee Maker in a Play!

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Recently I received a call from a theater company who wanted to purchase one of my coffee makers from Bosnia for a play that is coming up! How cool is that!!!! Check it out if you live in the area.

Presented by

The Shea Theater
Turners Falls, Massachusetts
Phone: (413) 586-6095

THE MUSIC LESSON tells the story of Irena and her husband Ivan, two musicians who escaped the war in Sarajevo to start a new life in Pittsburgh. They become music teachers again as the play shifts from past to present from Sarajevo to America as THE MUSIC LESSON becomes a tale of two countries, two families, two generations and the ways they teach and heal each other.Weaving together the music of Bach with the memories of the Bosnian War!

First person from the audience that sends me a photo of this coffee maker will receive a FREE Turkish coffee and a coffee maker! (email your replies to marat@turkishcoffeeworld.com)

March 10, 2008

High coffee consumption may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

A medical article by Rob M. van Dam, PhD and Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) suggests that higher coffee consumption may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The objective of the study was to “examine the association between habitualcoffee consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes and related outcomes:”

We searched MEDLINE through January 2005 and examined the reference lists of the retrieved articles. Because this review focuses on studies of habitualcoffee consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes, we excluded studies of type 1 diabetes, animal studies, and studies of short-term exposure to coffee or caffeine, leaving 15 epidemiological studies (cohort or cross-sectional).

March 1, 2008

Mest Turkish Coffee Set

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The Israeli designer Esli Alovi revealed a beautiful and unique Turkish coffee at designboom’s design in 2015 competition: the Mest Turkish coffee set:

“A modern interpretation for a turkish coffee set which still maintains its traditional values. The tray integrates everything required for the preparation of the coffee, from cooking to serving, all in the dining area. The materials used are copper and ceramic.”

Very cool idea! We love to see people get creative with Turkish coffee.

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