Coffee: Turkish? Greek? or Arabic?

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As a certified coffee /kahve lover I can’t believe I have not written about this topic before. As I sip my Turkish kahve this morning, I decided to finally share my love and also explain for everyone what’s what about this coffee.

First of all, the type of coffee we are talking about here is a small cup (little larger than expresso) of roasted coffee . It certainly can give you a nice jolt. Sooo… where did this coffee tradition come from? This is a hotly debated topic – really – especially across Europe, and Middle East. Why debated? Such a great cup of coffee that everyone wants to claim it as theirs!

If you are traveling in Greece – don’t dare to call it Turkish or Arabic coffee, they will promptly correct you with ‘huh, what? we don’t have that, would you like Greek coffee?’. If you are traveling in Turkey, not advisable to call it Greek coffee either. So whatever country you are at calling it as theirs will get you a coffee you will be pleased with. Unless you want to anger the waitstaff and drink a bit of spit or who knows what in your cup!

So where do the Arabs come into this picture??? Well they have been making and drinking this wonderful coffee too. Hence they have a claim as well.

Ok so let’s cut to the chase: it is originated in Yemen – during the Ottoman Empire era Turks adapted it around 1640, and made it what is today. And what you get in all other regions and countries are different variations and flavors of the same thing. I love all of them! except for the sweet kind, could be way too sweet for my palate.

Read the full history… (at Wikipedia)

This coffee has infused into the cultures and has become part of the daily rhythm. This is what I love about it – it is not just an occasional thing. Hard to explain unless you grew up on grandmas laps who sipped this coffee while they entertained guest and chatted away life, worries, love, children, money, and all kinds of neighborly gossip. Some of you no doubt know what I am talking about.

This is not a coffee for the faint hearted, it is strong depending on the how roasted it is and how much is used in making it. It is an acquired taste. I prefer to drink it without sugar, and rarely ‘medium’ meaning with a tiny amount of sugar. Some people also are able to read the leftover coffee granules as in fortune telling – it is really a fun thing. Similar to reading tea leaves… Had it done couple times, was fun full of speculation and some things were actually semi true Oooooo!

So next time you are traveling through any of these lands… order one and enjoy it!!

I leave you with the delicious visual of Turkish coffee presented with foam (the way I like it) at Kahve Dunyasi coffee shop in Turkey:
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Share your Kahve moment or picture with us – tell us how you enjoy your cup!

Note: both photos displayed here are taken by surprisesaffron (c). please drop us a note if you want to use them.

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A Delicate Surprise

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This Christmas I received a surprise gift from my friend Julie. She gave me a bundle of foods she made herself. A cute tub of chicken liver pâté, bacon jam, accompanied with herve mons blue de sassenage cheese and a whole wheat baguette.

I dare say they are gourmet quality if not better and fresher. What a great gift to give someone… I can taste the care and love she put into making these goodies. By the way there should have been a warning: this bacon jam is addictive, and I don’t happen to be a bacon lover. The pâté is delicate and velvety, a smooth delight; great with a little cheese and bread, organic strawberry and crisp cubes Asian pear. A slightly chilled glass of Pinot Grigio and some sparkling water completed my food journey.
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We have a saying in Turkish that we use when we really like someone’s food – ‘ellerine sağlık’ roughly means health to your hands.
So I raise my glass to you my friend… Ellerine sağlık!

Sultan’s Favorite

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This recipe beyond to be Sultan’s favorite it’s one of the yummy-easy+healthy recipes.

Here is how to make it

1- Peel and slice 1 medium size banana in to 1 or half inch slices. Put it right in to your plate.

1- 1 orta boy muzu soyup 1.5 veya 2 cm kalinligida dilimleyelim. Servis tabagimiza alalim.

2- Drizzle on top of them 1 tbs of honey. You can use the honey type you like I use regular organic honey.

2- Uzerleine 1 yemek kasigi bal gezdilerim. Sevdiginiz cesit bal kullanin ben organik normal bal kullandim.

3- Put on top of them 1 tbs of diced walnuts.

3- Uzerlerine 1 yemek kasigi iri cekilmis ceviz ici serpin.

4- Put on top of everything 2-3 tbs of pomegranate seeds.

4- Hepsinin uzerine 2-3 yemek kasigi nar tanesi serpin.

 

That’s all bon appetite!

Hepsi bu kadar afiyet olsun!

 

 

Surprise – This is a multi-lingual blog

By now you probably noticed we blog in other languages too.  At times our entries will include Turkish and Swedish in addition to English.  After all we want to surprise you, delight you, and share with you our broad experiences.

Surprise us — we welcome your comments in any language!

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