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5 May Friday

THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT TURKISH COFFEE

Although it is known and loved by the whole world, Turkish coffee is very important for our culture and it is indispensable for the Turkish people. Because the Turkish people, associate the Turkish coffee with conversations made with friends, as a morning pleasure and with breaks taken during the day. Although making of Turkish coffee now quite easy due to automatic machines,  the taste is truly different when it is made in copper pots on coal fire. 

There is much to say about Turkish coffee, but to cut a long story short we want to talk about the characteristics and unknown facts of the Turkish coffee making it a very special coffee. Here’s what you need to know about Turkish coffee, one of the most important tastes of our culture...

The Turkish coffee was discovered in the Kaffa region of southern Ethiopia in the early 14th century. 

The researches about the Turkish coffee shows that the Turkish coffee has spread from southern Ethiopia to the whole world with its unique smell and taste. Özdemir Pasha, who served as governor in Yemen in 1517, tasted this coffee and brought it to Istanbul. This special flavor, which is now available in every restaurant, was prepared by boiling coffee fruits when it was first found. Later, the coffee beans were roasted and grounded. 

The first coffee shop opened in Tahtakale and spread to all over Istanbul in a short time.

Afterward, many coffee shops were opened in Istanbul and coffee was identified with pleasant moments such as reading books, playing chess and conversations.  

European were introduced to coffee through Turks.

The Europeans stuck to the method of preparation of the Turks and consumed coffee just like the Turks. The flavor of the coffee comes from the fact that the coffee beans are fresh and finely ground and slowly cooked in the coal fire. Turkish coffee is also the only coffee variety served with ground in the world.

The place of coffee in Turkish culture is quite different. Even the word "breakfast" means something eaten before coffee.

Turkish coffee is such a thing that there is even a special time for drinking it. It is usually drunk in morning and between noon meals. Even the word breakfast is derived from this time. 

Turkish coffee is the only type of coffee used to see the future.

Fortune telling, hence, is a tradition specific to Turks. This tradition has attracted the attention of the whole world for many years and still continues to. 

There is a reason why coffee is served with water. 

According to the superstition, if the guest drinks the coffee first it means he is full and if he drinks the water first it means he is hungry. However the real reason is to wash off the flavor of a meal recently consumed in order to fully taste the flavor of the coffee. Contrary to popular belief, the water which is served with coffee should be drunk first not later. 

As there is a reason for serving the groom salty coffee...

The number one feature of a ceremony for asking a girls’ hand in marriage is serving the groom salty Turkish coffee. Although there are many tales about this, in fact, in the past women would serve salty coffee to the men they do not like and as the opposite, coffee with plenty of sugar to those they do like. Thus the groom candidate finds out the thoughts of the girl. :)

Turkish coffee, is the only coffee prepared without draining because the ground sinks to the bottom of the cup.

And it is very healthy since the ground is not consumed. 

Turkish coffee, cooked with the world’s oldest cooking method, remains warm longer due to its foam. 


And because it is served in small cups with thin edges, it takes time to cool. 

Turkish coffee is usually served with lokum (a Turkish delight). Because...

According to the superstition, people used to serve their guests  lokum with Turkish coffee as a way of asking for their satisfaction. If the guest eats the lokum after drinking the coffee, it meant that he was pleased with the way he was hosted. And if he doesn’t it meant that the host is not satisfied with the way he hosted. 

There are so many benefits of Turkish coffee to our health.

Turkish coffee balances the level of cholesterol in the blood. It increases the effectiveness of the painkillers, helping the pain to pass through more quickly. It helps prevent a majority of heart diseases help prevent and it is also very effective on the digestive system. It is especially useful for correcting bowel movements. It softens when contacted with the skin (by massage etc.) and is good for skin problems. Due to the antioxidant it provides great benefits in preventing serious diseases such as cancer. It also an effect on increasing attention and clearing the mind. It is also known that is good for headaches and bone pain.

However, if consumed too much, of course, it is very harmful.

When Turkish coffee is consumed more than 3 times a day, it can cause heart rhythm disorders. This is why people with heart disease should be careful when consuming Turkish coffee. Excessive coffee consumption can also cause blood pressure problems. Excessive coffee consumption increases ailments such as reflux, ulcers. In the same way, when diabetics consume coffee after meals; their blood sugar levels rise much higher. Drinking too much coffee increases the risk of migraines. In addition, excessive coffee consumption affects women negatively in terms of fertility. Consuming during pregnancy and lactation is equally harmful. The Turkish coffee, consumed very often, like in other coffees prevents the absorption of beneficial minerals such as iron. So as with everything else, is also necessary to act moderately in the consumption of Turkish coffee.

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