Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Turkish coffee

I’m currently writing about a woman who spends a lot of time traveling to exotic places, and for some reason I thought of having her enjoy Turkish coffee. Except I really didn’t know much about what Turkish coffee was! So I turned to my trusty friend, Google.

WOW there are a lot of different ways to make Turkish coffee, but I think I’ll choose the simplest for my book: Fine grind the beans, put them in the cezve coffee pot with cold water and sugar and spices, stir, then heat slowly over medium heat. When it boils, distribute evenly in all the tiny coffee cups and wait a minute or so for the grinds to settle on the bottom before drinking.

Some recipes call for pouring only some of the coffee at the first boil, the returning the pot to the heat for a second boil, and then pouring the rest into the cups. Some recipes call for spices like cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves.

So naturally, I had to try making this, right? Except I don’t have a cezve pot so I decided to use a small regular pot. I have a burr grinder that Captain Caffeine used before he bought his massive grinder for his espresso, but alas, the burr grinder failed me and did not grind the beans as fine as I needed them to, no matter what settings I tried, so I will need to wait for the Captain’s input before proceeding further. I’ll keep you updated.

This is one of a set of four cute espresso cups that Captain Caffeine had in the cupboard. Isn’t it adorable? I want to make espresso just to be able to use it. Yes, I am such a girl.

2 comments :

  1. "I am such a girl." Tee hee, love it. It's a wonderful thing to be able to learn something new. We have access to a lot of info. Looking forward to your next Turkish coffee installment. ;)

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    1. Would you believe I went ahead and bought a Turkish Coffee pot (cezve)? It was very cheap on Amazon with free shipping so I decided to try it!

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