Turkish Coffee – Served The Dibek Kahvesi Way

How do you take your Turkish coffee? Traditionally, should you feel the urge to get involved in the drinking of Turkish coffee, you can order your Türk kahvesi 'sade' (without sugar), 'orta,' (with a bit of sugar) or 'şekerli' (sugary) - and if your tooth isn't that sweet, you go for the orta. … [Read more...]

Drinking Turkish Coffee Luxury Summer Style – It’s A Slow Learning Process

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

A Recipe For Turkish Coffee – Summer-Style

It all started when we were sitting outside Deep Blue Bar a couple of weeks back. It was hot and humid in Fethiye and we were sheltering underneath the cooling vines of Paspatur. The group of people at the next table had all ordered iced coffees and when the owner came to sit with us, he brought a … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]