Coffee has played an important role in Turkish culture and tradition from the days of Ottoman Empire through present-day Turkey. It is known that it was brought to Istanbul in 1555 by two Syrian traders. Since then, Turkish people took it so well that they have developed a special preparation style which is basically named ”Turkish coffee”. It, therefore, is not a kind of coffee but a method of preperation. Coming up all the time with a new, useful content, Travel Booking Turkey by Imperial Travel Turkey will briefly inform you in today’s article about Turkish Coffee Culture and Tradition and will also give you some tips regarding where to have a good Turkish coffee in the destinations of our Turkey Tours.
Turkish coffee is prepared with a special brewing technique. The freshly roasted beans are ground to a fine powder, then the ground coffee is added to a coffee pot ”cezve” together with water and sugar. The temperature of the water is important. It is usually hot but not boiling. Turkish coffee is cooked slowly in the pot to produce the desired foam. A well-prepared one should be with a thick foam on the top of the coffee with no particles noticable. It is always served in small cups, accompanied by a glass of water.
Turkish coffee culture and tradition has always been an integral part of the society although many of the rituals regarding coffee does not exist today. It has also been a symbol of hospitality, friendship and entertainment throughout the centuries. The Turks, thus, say ”To drink one cup of coffee together guarantees forty years of friendship.” People still invite their beloved ones for a coffee to meet, have an intimate talk and share daily concerns. This tradition also plays a significant role on social occasions such as engagement ceremonies and holidays.
Travel Booking Turkey by Imperial Travel Turkey highly recommends its dear guests to experience this tradition in Turkey. Istanbul, in that sense, is a perfect destination both to taste and purchase coffee and coffee items. Turkish ground coffee can be found almost in any shop in the country but the best and fresh one can be purchased from the shop called Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi located in Spice Bazaar, Eminonu. Our guests should definitely pay a visit to one of the coffee-houses in the city to see and taste it with its unique serving in copper set, usually brought with chocalate and turkish delight. Our 2 Days Cappadocia Tour, for instance, is meticulously organized with spare times needed in sightseeing spots to give visitors the opportunity to enjoy themselves and the landscape with a cup of Turkish coffee or tea and thus letting them learn about the traditional customs including Turkish Coffee Culture and Tradition which is regarded as a part of Turkish Cultural Heritage.
We, as Travel Booking Turkey Team, invite you to explore our beloved country to feel this culture in its place. We promise to offer your first coffee here in our office located at the best spot of Istanbul. 🙂