I think I found something to trump… ok tie with coffee on my list of awesomeness. Alright, it is still coffee, but it doesn’t taste like it. It is very different. It is “Turkish” coffee.
Turkish coffee, also known as names such as Greek coffee, if what would be perfectly described as espresso sludge. In fact, I sometimes refer to it as such. This kind of coffee is highly caffeinated, sweet, black, and full of fine grind. This description may not appeal, but it really is awesome. To make it you must have a turkish coffee pot (as seen in picture below), an extra fine grind of coffee (best to be made from the Turkish grinder), and lots of sugar. Here is the recipe:
1. Pour in cold water in the coffee pot. You should use one cup of cold water for each cup you are making and then add an extra half cup “for the pot”. Add a teaspoonful of the ground Turkish coffee per cup in the water while the water is cold and stir. The amount of coffee may be varied to taste, but do not forget, there will be a thick layer of coffee grounds left at the bottom of your cup for properly made Turkish coffee. Don’t fill the pot too much. If you need to add sugar this is the time to do it.
2. Heat the pot as slowly as you can. The slower the heat the better it is. Make sure you watch it to prevent overflowing when the coffee boils.
3. When the water boils pour some (not all) of the coffee equally between the cups, filling each cup about a quarter to a third of the way. This will make sure that everybody gets a fair share of the foam forming on top of the pot, without which coffee loses much of its taste. Continue heating until coffee boils again (which will be very short now that it has already boiled). Then distribute the rest of the coffee between the cups.
Since there is no filtering of coffee at any time during this process, you should wait for a few minutes before drinking your delicious Turkish coffee while the coffee grounds settle at the bottom of the cup.*
I’d like to note that the grinds actually taste fine if you drink some of them… or maybe it’s just me.
I have been searching to try this coffee for a couple of months and was finally blessed with a Turkish festival in my city. I was also lucky enough that they did have Turkish coffee there of course. Sitting in a tent on a bench with traditional designs on it with a Turkish performer sitting to my right and traditional music playing through the festival was definitely the way to discover and sipping my new-found, and very hot, treasure. Hopefully you too may try and enjoy the taste of Turkish coffee as much as I did.
As a final word, I’d like to say that Turkish coffee is said to be refered to in the famous old proverb, “Coffee should be as black as hell, as strong as death, and as sweet as love”.