During the early ’90s (and possibly the ’80s – depending on where you lived) a phenomenon hit Britain: the coffee shop. Places to go and sit and drink coffee. But they weren’t just any old coffees; there was a whole menu of confusion as the world of coffee developed its own vocabulary, understood only by those who were coffee drinkers and who frequented such places. As a tea drinker, this whole coffee lifestyle has happened around me and, if you fired a list of coffees at me, once you’ve passed instant, cappuccino and latte, you’ll be looking at my glazed-over blank face. I haven’t got a clue.
Living in Turkey, I’ve made a concerted effort to learn to love Turkish coffee. Barry’s a coffee drinker and a big fan of the Turkish version, so he’s coaxed me into the coffee world by learning how to make Turkish coffee. Slurping it and pulling contorted faces is more preferable in the privacy of your own home than sitting in restaurants with Turkish friends. Anyway, I’m now, let’s say, a competent Turkish coffee drinker – and I even enjoyed fincanda pişen Türk kahvesi in Izmir, and the special Van Turkish coffee that we had in, yes, Van.
But Turkey is also in on the act of the speciality coffee, too. In Fethiye, Cafe Cafe was a bit of a pioneer in satisfying people’s coffee cravings, and these days, even Deep Blue Bar has one of the industrial-sized famous-brand coffee machines and has a small, separate coffee menu.
And then there are the bigger chains. This is where the overwhelming confusion begins for me. I can honestly say, I think I’ve been in Starbucks three times in my life. Once in an airport and twice in Istanbul. All three times just because we were desperate for a morning brew and all three times, we stared up at the menu and its unfamiliar words and options and prices and confusion…and just ordered a cappuccino. At least you know what’s coming. Much as Barry loves coffee, he’s no expert in the world of coffee shops either.
One of the big coffee shop chains in Turkey is Kahve Dünyası (Coffee World). It’s only over the last few short years that chains, both international and Turkish, have been stretching their tentacles as far as Fethiye and, with the opening of the new Erasta shopping centre, a few more have ventured into town by opening a branch there. Kahve Dünyası is one of the those places. Our previous Kahve Dünyası experience had been in Antalya – and it was a very pleasant one – so were quite keen to try the Fethiye version. A couple of weeks back, we were heading to Kabak for the night with friends and we decided to stop off at Erasta en route for our first little visit – morning coffee also seemed like a good idea.
We can deal with Kahve Dünyası. You get to sit down at a table and look through the (large) menu in your own time and work out roughly what each drink is. There’s even the odd picture here and there for complete coffee novices. We browsed. The waiter came out and placed a small ramekin dish on the table. It was filled with chocolate-covered coffee beans. Mmmm, nice.
What to order? Cappuccino all of a sudden felt a bit boring now we were sat down and browsing at leisurely pace. And then I saw, ‘Soğuk Türk Kahvesi.’ Cold Turkish coffee. It was a hot day (obviously), I’m just about there when it comes to drinking Turkish coffee. Let’s be adventurous and go for that. Barry did the same and our friends ordered frappe.
The waiter disappeared and came back with a small plate, again with chocolates. This time, we had sour cherries covered in dark chocolate and rosehip covered in a fruity, coloured chocolate. Kahve Dunyası also do their own chocolates and, as well as these being a lovely extra to go with your coffee, they’re obviously a free tempter for you, too. And the the soğuk Türk kahvesi came…
Turkish coffee, chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce – we’re really not sure what the ingredients were – but it was just lovely! A perfect treat before we headed off to the hills for our overnight stay in Kabak…and it might be another perfect treat the next time we’re in the area.
Kahve Dünyası Fethiye – Useful Information
- Kahve Dünyası is on the ground floor of Erasta AVM in Fethiye.
- As well as a wide range of coffees, they also serve other soft drinks and snacks.
- Erasta is on Ölüdeniz Caddesi next to Fethiye otogar (the main intercity bus station).
- From the centre of Fethiye, you can get there on the Karagözler-Taşyaka dolmuş. From Olüdeniz, Hisarönü and Ovacık, you can get there on the Ölüdeniz-Fethiye dolmuş. Both will drop you off right outside.