The Turkish Coffee Experience – How To Make It, How To Drink It

Have you ever tried Turkish coffee (Türk Kahvesi)? For many, it's an acquired taste. Because, unlike filter coffees and the instant varieties, Türk Kahvesi is not filtered. As a result of that, a thick, muddy residue will rest on the bottom of the Turkish coffee cup. Deeply unpleasant for those … [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...]

(Fethiye) Mulled Wine Recipe – Christmas In A Cup

Freezing cold December nights in Manchester city centre - and all of them made toasty, comforting and festive by the sight of a series of wooden huts in the square, softly lit and packed with handmade goodies, European foods...and stalls with huge simmering cauldrons of spiced, hot, red wine. A … [Read more...]

Turkish Beer: Efes Gusta Wheat Beer

Back in November we wrote about an interesting variation on the Efes Dark beer theme. That was no ordinary dark beer. That particular beer was Efes Dark Kahve Aromalı; a dark beer with a hint of coffee flavouring. It's not a beer we could drink all night, but it's definitely a good winter tipple and … [Read more...]

Turkish Beer: Efes Dark…With A Coffee Twist

It's fair to say that Turkey is not well known for its vast choice of beers. Browsing the drinks menu in any bar, you're not going to be bamboozled with a bewildering display of new and interesting alcoholic beverages. These days, we don't even bother looking at the menus because we always opt for … [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...]

Turkish Beer: Efes Pilsen

Picture the scene. You're lazing on a sun lounger along Belcekiz Beach in Ölüdeniz. It's the height of summer with temperatures heading towards 100 degrees and the sun's intense heat reflects off the pebbles on the beach. Perspiration and spray from the crashing waves leaves your lips dry and … [Read more...]

The Joy Of Ayran – The Health Benefits & How To Make It

The Turkish yoghurt drink, ayran, has caused much confusion - dare we even say distress - over the years. By that, we mean confusion for the foreign visitor; especially British holidaymakers looking to buy ingredients for their essential morning cup of tea! Here's a little tale to explain what we … [Read more...]

Rakı Night – Learning The Art of a Turkish National Drink

Rakı: a Turkish institution; the chosen tipple of millions of Turks; sampled by many foreign visitors to Turkey (with varying degrees of success); a clear, 40-45% proof aniseed-flavoured alcoholic drink; transforms into a cloudy, milky-white liquid when water is added; known to many as 'lion's … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]