Sipping Turkish Coffee – This Time It’s The Van Way

When in Turkey, there’s no escaping Turkish coffee (Türk kahvesi) and to the first time, novice sampler, it can be an unpleasant experience – especially if no one bothers to warn you about the grains at the bottom of the cup! (We once forgot to inform a friend about this and he poured the whole […]

Sipping Turkish Coffee The Izmir Way – They Do Things Differently Here

We’ll go into more detail about the Kemeraltı area of Izmir in a later post, but if you’ve ever been to Istanbul, it’s easy to compare the streets around Kemeraltı to a more compact version of the surrounding alleyways of Kapalı Çarşısı (the Grand Bazaar). Perfect for aimless wanderings. Not so perfect when you’re on a […]

How To Make Turkish Coffee

On our latest trip to Istanbul, we paid a visit to the historic headquarters of Turkey’s most famous ground coffee producer, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi and Barry bought a small packet of ground Turkish coffee to bring back to Fethiye; a souvenir of our time in Istanbul. It seemed a shame to do anything else with […]

Turkish Coffee – Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi

The Turks are very proud of their coffee and describe Turkish coffee as their gift to the world. Ask anyone in Turkey what the most famous brand of Turkish coffee is and, without hesitation, the reply will be Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. These days, under the ownership of Mehmet Efendi’s grandchildren, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi is an […]

Çaykur – Turkey’s National Çay (Tea)

There are countless images that come to mind when someone mentions Turkey and one of those images is of hot Turkish tea (çay) served in a small, tulip-shaped glasses. Rize, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, is the main producer of tea and Çaykur, Turkey’s national tea company, harvests its tea here. Just over a week […]