A Lazy Person’s Guide to Making Turkish Coffee!

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Turkish coffee service

Good coffee service has long been a treasured part of Turkish culture. Turkish coffee is great for a simple, yet strong, caffeine fix, and today I’m going to show you how to make it!

Now I’m not a huge coffee purist, so what I’ve put together is the LAZY person’s guide. My aim here is to keep it quick and cheap. Turkish coffee is a fantastic option compared to the hassle and expense that often goes with the use of coffee machines. Furthermore, there’s very little clean up afterwards.

Items you’ll need:

  • Turkish coffee pot
  • A teaspoon
  • Sugar
  • Finely ground coffee (preferably medium roast).
  • Cups.


Turkish coffee prep

  • Add about 1-2 heaped teaspoons of coffee per cup onto the coffee pot, along with sugar to taste (generally 1 teaspoon per 1-2 teaspoons of coffee).
  • Using your intended cup measure the amount of cold water you will need and add to the coffee pot.
  • Stir together, then place the coffee pot on the stove. Coffee is best when brewed slowly, so keep the heat on a low setting.
  • Keep a close eye on the coffee, this is important as the grinds can easy burn, resulting in a bitter taste.

Turkish coffee pot on stove

  • Wait until it bubbles begin to form. You can remove from heat and serve, however if you would like a little foam on top keep reading…
  • When you see the bubbles forming, move the pot away from the heat.
  • Pay close attention. Watch for the bubbles to recede a little, then place back on the heat.
  • Remove once the foam starts to build again
  • Repeat these actions a total of three times.

Pouring turkish coffee

  • Slowly pour coffee into cups balancing the lip of the pot to the edge of the cup to avoid breaking the foam. Allow 30 seconds for grinds to settle to the bottom of the cup and when ready drink in sips.


*If you are serving several cups, feel free to spoon foam into each cup before pouring.

*Turkish coffee is always served with a glass of water and sometimes some sweets.

*My lead image doesn’t really show any foam (I was too busy taking photos), so heres what it looks like if foam is important to you.

*Also I’ve used a teacup in my photos, because I love teacups and I’m a princess. Generally Turkish coffee is served in special coffee cups, or espresso cups.

Turkish coffee vs normal grinds
Turkish coffee grinds on the left verses regular grinds on the right. Turkish grinds are finer in texture.

Where to get Turkish coffee grinds:

A. You can purchase a special Turkish Grinder to grind the coffee yourself.

B. Most regular grinders at your local grocery store have a Turkish coffee setting, so you can use this.

C. Buy ready made from Turkish coffee from international/ Mediterranean type grocery stores. Greek coffee grinds are pretty much the same thing so if that is what you find on the shelfs, buy that.

D. If you want to be really lazy (yeah, sometimes I do) you can use regular grinds. After boiling I just strain most of the course grinds using a fine tea strainer.



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  • MIke Mike
    October 4, 2014 - 7:21 pm · Reply

    Sounds wonderful Katarina! Similar to making Cuban coffee. I still don’t see how you don’t end up sipping the coffee grounds though.

    • Katerina Simms
      October 5, 2014 - 12:22 am · Reply

      It’s actually pretty easy not to. The grinds all settle to the bottom, and Greek/ Turkish coffee is ground so fine that even if you do get a few it’s not much of a bother.

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