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How to Make Authentic Turkish Coffee

Learn how to make the perfect cup of Turkish coffee with a cezve or saucepan every time! The best ever Turkish coffee recipe with step-by-step photos and tips!

Is Turkish coffee stronger than regular coffee? Yes. That’s because it’s made up of finely ground beans that are almost powder-like. Also, there is no filtration process. Yup, you eat the grounds and all!

A cup of Turkish Coffee with sugar cubes

How do I make the perfect Turkish coffee?

To make traditional Turkish coffee, you will need a spoon, a small coffee cup, a cezve, and sugar (if using). Once you have your materials ready:

1.) Add cold water and sugar to the cezve. Sugar is optional.

2.) Next, add the finely ground coffee and any add-ins like cinnamon sticks or cardamon pods.

3.) When ready, give the ingredients a stir while the water is still cold.

4.) Finally, heat until the bubbly foam appears, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a small coffee cup and enjoy it immediately.

Here is a step-by-step process of how to make Turkish coffee with photos

Step 1: add cold water and sugar to the cezve. Sweetened Turkish coffee is optional.

a traditional Turkish coffee pot and a spoonful of sugar

Have your pot ready. According to Selamlique, the perfect brewed cup is 7 grams (0.25 oz.) of coffee per cup of water.

What’s a cup? That’s a complicated question. A Turkish coffee cup is different than an American coffee cup. Besides that, all coffee cups range differently in sizes. That’s ok because I put the ration to the test so you didn’t have to.

1 small Turkish-style coffee cup is a little less than 1/2 a cup (120mL) to be exact. Add 7 grams ( 1 tbsp, packed) of Turkish coffee to that liquid ratio.

What’s the perfect Turkish coffee to water ratio? A little less than 1/2 cup water + 1 tbsp Turkish coffee = the perfect creamy, strong, and foamy cup of coffee.

Step 2: add the finely ground coffee.

A Turkish coffee pot know as a cezve and Turkish coffee

Again, you will add 7 grams ( 1 tbsp) of coffee to a little less than 1/2 cup (120mL) of water to the cezve or small saucepan. Remember, this is per serving.

Step 3: give the ingredients a stir.

Fully submerge the coffee into the water. Mix well.

Step 4: heat until the coffee is nice and hot. The bubbly foam will appear in about 3-5 minutes.

Did you know that the foam at the top is the best part? Did you also know that the creamy foam on the surface is a sign of good fortune? With that being said, as the foam appears, spoon it out and put it directly into your coffee cup. Then, continue to stir as the coffee reaches a boil.

Why spoon out the foam you ask? This step will ensure you have a nice amount of creamy foam on top. You should know, as the coffee heats, those delicious bubbles slowly starts to disappear.

Do you put milk in Turkish coffee?

It is not how it is made traditionally. But, Yes, you can. Add a splash of milk in with the cold water.

Is Turkish coffee stronger than espresso?

When it comes to taste, Turkish coffee is stronger. Caffeine wise, espresso contains more caffeine.

Do you drink the grounds in Turkish coffee?

Absolutely. There is no real harm in drinking the coffee grounds. While most of the grounds settled at the bottom of the cup, finer particles still make their way to what you are drinking.

Imagine the old days (a few hundred years ago), there was no filter paper, drip coffee maker, or even electricity. Boiling hot water with a couple of spoonfuls of coffee beans was the only way to drink it.

By drinking coffee the Turkish way, we can still cherish a piece of history in today’s modern era.

how to make Turkish coffee

A Turkish Proverb

Without forgetting, the best side dish of Turkish coffee is the conversation with loved ones. A true testament to the importance placed on Turkish coffee lives as the proverb goes, “Bir kahvenin kırk yıl hatırı vardır,” literally meaning: a cup of coffee would be remembered for forty years. It infers that sharing a cup of coffee means that you will share forty years of friendship.

  • Measure your coffee to water ratio properly. The perfect cup is 7 grams (1 tbsp) of coffee per little less than 1/2 cup of water.
  • Always start with cold water. Stir well.
  • Once the foam appears, spoon it out and add it directly to your cup to reserve for later, or else the foam may slowly start to disappear during the simmering process.
  • Never over-cook the coffee. Once it starts to boil, remove from the heat, or else you will end up with a bitter cup of coffee.

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Turkish Coffee
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Learn how to brew a delicious cup of Turkish coffee every time with the perfect coffee to water ratio. 

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Turkish
Keyword: coffee, hot drinks
Servings: 1 person
Jillian: Jillian
  • 7 grams of Turkish coffee 1 tbsp
  • a little less than 1/2 cup water 120 mL
  • Any amount sugar if using
  1. In a cezve or small saucepan, add cold water, sugar if using, and Turkish coffee. Mix well. 
  2. Put the cezve over medium-low heat. Once the coffee starts to simmer and rise to the top, transfer to a coffee cup.

  3. Enjoy! 
Recipe Notes

How much sugar should I add? 1 tsp = barely sweet 2 tsp= sweet 3 tsp = really sweet.

When should I add milk? Add the cold milk in with the cold water before adding the coffee grounds. 

Nutrition Facts
Turkish Coffee
Serving Size
1 cup
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

1 Comment

  1. I had Turkish coffee many times at my friend’s home when I used to visit them. It was served in tiny cups but drunk slowly. I remember it had a rich flavor.

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