Turkish coffee is a special beverage. It is thick and warming. It can be an entire experience in Turkey, but you can replicate it at home. When you use a brand of coffee such as Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee French Roast, you can have strong Turkish coffee without as much acid as with other brands.
What Is Turkish Coffee?
The “Turkish” part doesn’t refer to where the coffee beans are from. They’re not Turkish. Instead, Turkish coffee is a specially brewed and prepared beverage. It is a very thick version of coffee. Unlike Turkish tea, which can be consumed constantly in Turkey, a person might enjoy only one cup of Turkish coffee in a day.
The strength of Turkish coffee can vary according to your tastes, but it is generally brewed strong. It is likely to be stronger than your regular coffee and may be similar to espresso. Not surprisingly, the serving size is small. A cup for Turkish coffee may be only a few ounces big, while a small cup of coffee in the United States is usually considered to be 6 ounces, though it will probably be a bigger cup if you order it from a coffee shop.
Ingredients in Turkish Coffee
Turkish coffee is a simple beverage when you think about its components! Here are the ingredients.
Coffee:Turkish coffee is very thick, and each small cup has a lot of coffee in it. That can be daunting if you tend to have acid reflux or are on a low-acid diet for another reason. Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee is a low-acid brand that is gentle on the stomach. Fresh Ground French Roast is guaranteed fresh and can offer a smooth and balanced taste without bitterness.
Water: FIltered water is best to keep your Turkish coffee pure and allow for optimal purity and taste. Be sure to use cold water and not hot or warm water when you start making your coffee.
Sugar: Turkish coffee can have sugar in it. It is standard to have it anywhere from unsweetened, to slightly sweet, fairly sweet, or very sweet, by adding anywhere from 0 to 2 sugar cubes. You do not have to use sugar if you like your coffee black and strong. With Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee, you can count on having less of a sour taste when you drink your coffee, which can enable you to decrease the amount of sugar or to eliminate it entirely. If you like, you can substitute a low-calorie sweetener for sugar.
Turkish coffee is prepared using a cezve. These are small, deep pots with a long handle. The bottom is wider than the top. This shape helps increase the amount of foam that is produced. A large cezve could be used to prepare 4 to 6 servings of Turkish coffee, but you might see a small cezve on the table to serve the coffee.
Tips for Turkish Coffee
One of the most urgent questions that may come to mind is whether you can make Turkish coffee without a traditional cezve. You can! The best substitute that you probably already have in your kitchen is a small saucepan. You might not get as much foam that way, but it is still going to turn out fine.
Milk is normal in Americanized coffee beverages, but you are unlikely to come across milk in Turkish coffee. Still, if it makes you happy, feel free to add it to your own cup.
Foam is a characteristic part of Turkish coffee. To get the best possible foam, just heat your coffee gently instead of letting it boil. Think about being gentle the whole time, as you stir together the coffee and water, and as you heat your coffee. You will get a better result.
By the way, there is a lot of sludge at the bottom of the coffee cup when you finish your cup of Turkish coffee. You probably will not want to drink it. Instead, you might consider using it for other purposes, such as for composting or for topical skin treatment preparations.
Serving Turkish Coffee
Turkish coffee might be a good beverage for after breakfast, since it is so high in caffeine. It can be a nice tradition, once you get used to it, to start you on your day. You might serve cookies or some other little snacks with it. Tahini cookies are an example of a Turkish cookie, but you can try a breakfast pastry if you want to have your Turkish coffee for breakfast. If you are serving Turkish coffee later in the day, you could consider serving it with a delicacy such as Turkish delight.
You can also try minor additions to your Turkish coffee to change it up. More traditional options can include ground cinnamon or cardamom. Otherwise, you can add cream, milk, or creamer, even though you would not be doing as the Turks do. This is your recipe!
Recipe for Low-Acid Turkish Coffee
Makes 2 servings
2 small cups (size of Turkish coffee cups) of cold water
0 to 4 sugar cubes or 0 to 4 teaspoons of sugar or low-calorie sugar substitute, or to taste
Put the cold water into a cezve or small saucepan.
Add the coffee and gently stir until the water and the coffee are completely combined. At this point, gently stir in the sugar that you are using, if any, until it is completely dissolved.
Heat the coffee pot over low heat until it warms. Stir occasionally, always being gentle. Watch it carefully so you can catch it before it boils but when it is hot. At this time, you will see foam start to rise.
Remove the cezve or pot from the heat.
Carefully spoon the foam into each of two prepared coffee cups. Reheat the coffee until it is hot, then gently pour the coffee into the cups.