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How To Make Turkish Coffee | Brewing Tips & Tricks

What is Turkish Coffee? Turkish coffee is a beverage that is popular in Turkey, so much so that the word “Turkish” is often used as a synonym for “coffee”.

It is not a type of coffee, but rather a type of coffee drink that is prepared from espresso or coffee mixed with sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and sometimes flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, and/or nutmeg.

Turkish coffee is an authentic coffee that originated in the Ottoman Empire, and is still made the same way today in some parts of the Middle East.

Turkish coffee is black coffee that is similar to espresso, but it is made with an infusion of some sort of flavoring. One of the most popular methods of making turkish coffee is to use a special pot (called a yemiş in Turkish), which is a pot with a long handle, that is used to brew the coffee.

Turkish Coffee Ingredients and recipes 


  • Two servings.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins.
  • Cook Time: 10 mins.
  • Total: 15 mins.


  1. Coffee.
  2. Sugar.
  3. Cardamom. 
  4. Water.


  • Add water to the cezve (ibrik), about 50 milliliters (1.7 oz) per cup of coffee desired.
  • Add sugar to taste, stirring to blend it
  • Bring to a boil, remove from heat and add a teaspoon of coffee per cup
  • Boil coffee.  
  • Remove the cevze from heat immediately after bringing to a first boil, discarding the accumulated foam, and mix well.
  • The coffee is boiled twice in succession, taking care to remove the cezve from the heat between one boiling and the next. The foam can either be discarded or kept before stirring it well
  • Allow remaining powder to settle before serving. You can add a tablespoon of cold water to the pot after boiling twice to accelerate the process.

What are the Turkish coffee benefits? 

Turkish coffee is an interesting drink and a total culinary experience. It is made from ground coffee beans and water and is usually drunk as a refreshing and energizing morning or afternoon beverage.

It is also a very popular drink in many other parts of the world. It is prepared from a Turkish technique so that the ground coffee, which is a mixture of black and green beans, is brewed in water.

Since it is made from green beans, the drink is said to be a rich source of antioxidants.

The growing trend for health-conscious beverages has meant a rise in the popularity of herbal teas, flavoured waters and naturally flavoured coffees that claim to boost health or support wellbeing.

As is known for its rich flavour and health benefits. Find out more about this drink’s unique properties.

Can enhance athletic performance

Turkish coffee is used in some Eastern European countries as a pre-race drink, but it has long been a favorite of endurance athletes. Both for its caffeine-packed punch and its alleged boosting effect on exercise performance.

Now, a group of scientists has investigated the effects of the drink on performance and found that while it might help improve exercise endurance.

It wasn’t particularly helpful in athletic events that are dependent on short-term bursts of power such as sprinting, jumping and throwing.

Contain chlorogenic acids

When we look at the benefits of a cup of Turkish coffee, it’s important to note that there are many. The health benefits of Turkish coffee are a study in itself, as it contains numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Also, many people consider drinking it to be a guilt free treat as the caffeine content is relatively low.

The beverage is commonly served after the meal, and is traditionally drunk out of a special coffee cup, called a ‘Kilim’. Chlorogenic acids are present in green coffee beans, which can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Protect against mental decline

A few weeks ago a study was published in the medical journal Neurology. The study looked at the effect of coffee on the mental faculties of young people.

The findings were published in the journal Neurology, they showed that those who drank six to eight cups of coffee each day had far better brain performance than those who did not have caffeine in their system.

If you are looking to improve your memory or prevent mental decline, then Turkish coffee might be the answer to your questions. In Turkey, the ancient custom of drinking Turkish coffee is still in practice today.

This rich and full-bodied brew is both caffeinated and alkalizing, and has been associated with the “healthy aging process”, “mental sharpness”, and even “boosts brainpower”

Keeps blood sugar levels stable

An increasing amount of research is being conducted regarding the health benefits of coffee. It should go without saying that coffee is full of antioxidants and is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals.

But did you know that it also protects your heart from obesity and diabetes? Turkish coffee is a great way to get the benefits of coffee, by keeping your sugar level stable without also getting the negative side effects of coffee.

Fresh Turkish coffee is one of the healthiest beverages in the world. It does not contain any calories, it is a good source of antioxidants and the polyphenol has a powerful effect in reducing your chances of contracting Type 2 diabetes.

Helps boost the immune system

A staple of the Turkish breakfast, Turkish coffee is a delicious cuppa coffee, tea or herbal drink made by steeping two teaspoons of ground coffee in a cup of boiling water.

It is an excellent alternative to the usual coffee we drink. It is thought that the ingredients in Turkish coffee help boost the immune system by boosting the body’s white blood cells called lymphocytes.

What to serve with Turkish coffee?

Something that has always puzzled me is what to serve with Turkish coffee. I mean, there are tons of things that we can put in coffee – from sugar, cream and chocolate to biscuits, wafers, cakes and even cream cheese.

As the original black Turkish coffee is prepared by placing the sugar in the cup before preparing the coffee, this is where you’ll make the switch. You can also add honey or other sweeteners of choice.

In the UK, coffee is usually served with sugar and milk, and is usually accompanied by Turkish delight or other sweet pastries.

Lucy Harper

Lucy Harper

Lucy Harper is the founder and owner of our coffee content site. With a lifelong passion for coffee, Lucy has dedicated herself to sharing her knowledge and expertise with others. Her goal is to help coffee lovers of all levels to explore the world of coffee and discover the joy of the perfect cup. When she's not writing about coffee, Lucy can often be found in her kitchen experimenting with new brewing techniques and coffee recipes.