If you don’t feel like buying any new coffee hardware and you would still like to know what Turkish coffee tastes like, then you may be in luck. It is possible to make Turkish coffee using a few basic household items: A small saucepan, super fine ground coffee, water and sugar. Standard Turkish coffee recipes call for sugar since boiling the coffee tends to make it really bitter.
One standard serving of Turkish coffee, or a cup, is about the size of a double espresso. For each serving size of water that you boil, you will need to add one heaping teaspoon of extremely fine ground coffee (fine like dust) and one heaping teaspoon of sugar. The coffee grounds will heap higher than the sugar, which is good.
Traditional Turkish coffee preparation goes along these lines:
- Add the coffee / water / sugar mixture to the ibrik (small sauce pan), leaving the grounds dry on top.
- Bring it slowly to a frothy boil
- Allowed the mixture to settle
- Stir it
- Bring it to a frothy boil once again
- Serve in double-shot sized cups (Turkish coffee cups are ideal).
If you are using a saucepan, be careful to pour it over a sink since it will probably spill over the edge (unless it has a pouring spout on it).
If you want to further stray from the traditional Turkish method, you might try using a strainer to separate the grounds.
What a cup of Turkish coffee looks like:
Pictured below: An Ibrik starting to boil.
Notice how the grounds start off dry as the water heats up.