For the Love of Turkish Coffee
I am not a huge coffee drinker, in that I am happy to have coffee in the morning, but then not again during the day. I have been drinking coffee – mostly with milk and sugar – since I was a little kid. For us it was never consumed as a form of drug, but as a compliment to our breakfast of warm bread and butter before school. Being in the states sort of took me away from good coffee experiences, as it has only been in recent years that Americans have really invested time and effort in bringing good coffee to the table, though that experience can cost you a lot. My best coffee experiences are usually by chance or while on the road.
Coffee, as I grew up, is a morning greeting, sort of a staple of our day’s beginning. It’s a necessary element in casual, afternoon gatherings with friends, after lunch after the siesta hour.
It is not chugged as an energy drink, nor is it covered in crazy amounts of creams and sugars and other distractions from what the original drink is supposed to be. It isn’t had while rushing anywhere, nor served with cold milk or creamer. Coffee is respected and affordable. And good.
Italians take their coffee, or espresso as shots to boost the system, though I will admit to enjoying a good espresso every so often, though it never has that “wake me up” effect on me. I like drinking coffee like the French do, while sitting in a cafe with a good pastry and people watching. But the Turkish…ah, the Turkish take coffee to a whole other level. Now, some may say that Greek coffee and Turkish coffee are the same thing, but there is a difference in the way that the coffee is prepared, a method that has been passed down for centuries and is commonly seen even today.
I wanted to really do it justice by putting together a video where a Turkish native could explain not the process of making Turkish coffee. Many thanks to Gizem Salcigil White, my darling friend who is also member of the Turkish Airlines public relations team, but most importantly, founder of the Turkish Mobile Coffee Truck in Washington, DC. I knew if anyone was going to be able to explain Turkish coffee to us, it would be her.
I hope you enjoy the video and wish for you a very delicious cup of coffee in the near future.
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