Drinks and Smoothies

Cold Brew Turkish Coffee

This Cold Brew Turkish Coffee recipe is so convenient. All you have to do is soak the finely ground beans in filtered cold water, refrigerate overnight, and enjoy then next morning. Have you noticed I didn’t say you have to strain it? That’s right!

cold brew turkish coffee recipe

Turkish coffee is ground up so fine that when it soaks into hot or cold water, all the granules stay densely on the bottom. I’d like to think that drinking coffee in the Turkish way is the original way.

What I mean is, back in the day, there was no filtration process and no machines. For this reason, it was important to process the beans so much, that the beans would be palatable to drink. The more the bean have been processed, the finer the grind, the easier it is to drink.

What’s the difference between American Coffee and Turkish Coffee?

I went ahead and went to Trader Joe’s to capture an image of their coffee grinder (picture of the right). As you look at the image, notice that the max grinding process is called Turkish. This setting will basically turn your beans into powder. So, why is this a good thing?

Well, having finely ground coffee makes a richer and sometimes stronger cup of coffee.

You may or may not think this is gross, but you can actually eat Turkish coffee grinds. Ali (the hubby), would tell me stories about how when his parents would have guests over, the kids would dip their fingers on the bottom of their parent’s empty coffee cups and eat the grinds. Kids are funny.

cold brew Turkish coffee in a jar
Turkish coffee with cold filtered water. Look at that foam! 🙂
Turkish coffee with a spoon
As you can see, all of the coffee grounds have submerged to the bottom of the jar. No filtering necessary. Do not stir!

Can you cold brew Turkish Coffee?

Yes. Use premium coffee or freshly grounds your own at your local market. I like to use 1/2 cup coffee per 3 cups of room-temp filtered water. Store in the fridge over-night and straining the gains is optional as the grinds are so fine, they sink to the bottom.

What’s the ratio for coffee to water?

That depends on the brand you buy. We use Selamlique because its a premium brand, and it has many flavors to choose from like rose, chocolate, and mastic to name a few.

For Selamlique, it is 6 oz per cup of water. That’s another thing, in turkey, a cup equals a water cup (their water cups). I’s say that one of their water cups is a smidge less than the U.S. measuring cup. The recipe that I wrote uses the U.S. metric system.

Are you ready for a caffeine rush? Let’s make some cold brew!

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cold brew turkish coffee recipe

Cold Brew Turkish Coffee

  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A new spin of classic ice coffee using finely ground beans that make a richer, easier no-need-to-brew summer drink. 


1/2 cup finely ground coffee

3 cups cold filtered water

optional add-ins

  • cinnamon stick
  • cardamon pods
  • vanilla extract


In a large jar, add the coffee grinds and filtered water, along with any “add-ins” like a cinnamon stick or cardamon pods. 

Cover the jar with a lid and store in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.

When ready, you can strain the coffee, but since all of the grounds sink to the bottom–no straining necessary. Make sure not to stir.

Pour into a glass filled with ice to the top. If using cream, leave enough room for cream or sugar. If you find that the brew is too strong, dilute your cup with cold filtered water.


  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: handmade
  • Cuisine: Turkish-American

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  1. Elly says:

    Amazing post. I also love coffee and have tried so many flavors yet. Whenever I find a new coffee recipe, I always try it at home. Recipe provided by you looks delicious.

  2. Melissa says:

    I actually made this recipe with my french press. It turned out great. I’ll try adding a cinnimon stick to the water and coffee overnight next time.

    1. That sounds so yummy, Melissa!

  3. terriajsm@hotmail.com says:

    thank you very much for sharing this awesome article with us.

    1. You are welcome. Thanks, for reading!

  4. I love drinking Turkish Coffee. I have never tried cold brewed one. Great idea! First I need to buy some more Turkish Coffee.

    1. Wonderful, Joe!

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