Hi coffee lovers! My name is Sam and I really do fancy myself a coffee aficionado. I’ve been home brewing for several years now, and I have tried all sorts of blends and methods. Sometimes I feel a little bit like a mad scientist in the kitchen, rather than just your average coffee drinker. 🙂
If you’re like me, you are out to create the perfect cup of Joe. Some people will accept results that basically taste like mud, which I think is a shame. Its even more of a shame when I am visiting someone, and their standards for home brewing are rather low. So when they ask me, “Do you want some coffee?”, I am usually polite about it and say “Of course…” but secretly I am dreading what they are about to hand me, as it is rarely up to my standards. My mom says I’m just too nice for my own good.
Here I wanted to say a few things about Turkish coffee as a whole, and then talk about my three favorite grinders. However, if you just came to read about the grinders, that’s cool – just click the link below and go straight to the…
How To Make Turkish Coffee At Home
One of my proudest moments was learning to brew a great cup of authentic Turkish coffee. I think drinking Turkish coffee requires a more refined taste, which has lead me to learn a lot more about coffee, not to mention the country of Turkey, than I ever thought possible. It has even lead me to take several trips there, which is always an adventure, and I always look forward to the coffee as well.
While there are several decent Turkish blends available (such as the Mehmet Efendi to our left here – which I heartily recommend you try if you don’t have your own grinder), if you want something done right, you probably should do it yourself. In my case, I wanted the experience of learning to grind my own excellent cup of Turkish coffee, it wasn’t so much that I couldn’t find any good blends out there.
Also, there’s something special about the fine grind and taste of Turkish home-brewed coffee that you make yourself that you can’t get from other coffee preparation methods. I guess I’m just enchanted with Turkish culture, which might explain why I married a Turkish guy, but I digress! Here’s a great little article about the history of coffee grinders I really enjoy which talks about Turkey’s place in coffee history and how they basically revolutionized coffee grinders.
Here’s a great video that always hypes me up when it comes to preparing coffee in the Turkish style featuring the award winning barista Turgay Yildizli. Learned a lot from this video, and it was shot in one of my favorite cities – Istanbul.
So while I don’t always have the time to prepare my favorite Turkish home brew exactly to my specifications (I’m a busy gal), I always prepare a cup or two whenever I have the chance, because its always worth the effort.
Turkish Coffee – All About Flavor and Strength
If you’re a fan of strong coffee, then you’ll likely enjoy Turkish home-brewed coffee over some of the other kinds of home brew. This is particularly a big plus if you use coffee to jump-start your day. A weaker blend simply won’t be good enough to get you going in the morning, if your tolerance to strong coffee is high like mine. And then there are the night owls, who also need their coffee to pack a real punch because they stay up late working, or whatever nightowls do at night. For the same reasons, a weaker blend simply won’t be good enough. But that’s what the Turkish home brew is all about – strength, and flavor.
There are two main methods of preparing a Turkish brew: boiling or infusing the ground coffee. If you want the best taste, then you should definitely do infusing rather than boiling. If you use too much heat when infusing, or use a boiling method, then the aromatic oils of the coffee are eliminated. Say goodbye to subtlety. That’s because those nuances are fairly sensitive during and throughout whole the brewing process. To make the extraction efficient the coffee is ground until it’s extremely fine. It’s nearly a total extraction, and gives the last cup a lot body.
THE TURKISH GRIND – WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT
Have you ever wondered why the Turkish grind is so fine? Moreover, why would someone choose to grind the Turkish way, especially when there are so many other options for how to grind and brew your coffee.
Personally, I’ve tried drip, French Press, pour over, and some other methods and played around with factors like the temperature of the water, the infusion time, and the grind size. I can’t claim to be the most knowledgeable expert on coffee, but I do know what I like, and Turkish is currently my favorite of them all.
As you may know, Turkish coffee is distinguished by its extremely fine grind. While there are other grinds that have smaller granules as well, Turkish is by far the finest grind with that talc-y appearance.
What makes Turkish-style coffee particularly special to me is that fine grind that makes for a more flavorful extraction, and provides your final cup with a crisp, bold taste. When I have coffee, I like there to be a wide array of flavors hitting my tastebuds, and I find that only Turkish coffee really gives me that big hit.
What Type Of Bean Works Best?
As I said before, there is just something special about grinding and brewing coffee yourself, but early on, the question rose up in my mind: What type of coffee do you need to make Turkish coffee. One would presume Turkish coffee, right?
After making Turkish coffee for a few years now, it is my conclusion that preparing Turkish coffee at home the proper way is more a matter of technique than it is about what coffee bean you buy, but having a coffee grinder that looks Turkish in terms of appearance also adds to the overall experience.
That said, I think its time we looked at some grinders. So take my word and grab yourself a bag of Brazilian whole beans (here’s a link for a good deal on Amazon) and get ready to put all this knowledge to the test with some Turkish-style grinding!
Top 3 Turkish-Style Hand Crank Coffee Mills
#1 Choice – X-Large by Turkish Coffee World
If you want a truly authentic Turkish coffee grinder, then the X-Large by Turkish Coffee World I would say is definitely a top contender. There are several features of this model that set it apart from other models on the market.
In terms of craftsmanship and attention to detail, there’s simply no substitute for handmade products such as this. If you want a Turkish grinder which is truly authentic in terms of actually coming from Turkey, then this coffee grinder from Turkish Coffee World is simply one of the best options.
This coffee mill has the capability to grind extra-fine, which is something you’ll be needing in order to make truly great Turkish style-coffee. This can’t be said for all Turkish-looking grinders, which are often designed more for spices than coffee. This one excels at the extra fine grind you’ll be needing.
Another key benefit of this X-Large model, 4 oz. coffee grinder is that it’s made of brass. Most of today’s coffee machines are made of cheap materials such as plastic, simply to save on manufacturing costs. If you want a brass coffee grinder that the Turks themselves would use, this is a great option.
One handy feature that I always liked about this grinder is that the handle folds into the unit, making it space-efficient. That’s definitely helpful, along with the fact that this grinder, although its fairly tall at 9″ high, its not very wide and can fit easily into a cupboard, although I prefer to keep mine out just to show it off.
4 oz. (118 ml) Bean Capacity
With a 4 oz. capacity for coffee beans, this is a much larger capacity than most Turkish grinders out there, which are usually pretty tiny.
Made in Turkey
As I believe I mentioned already, this grinder is really made in Turkey. How can you get any more authentic than that?
Overall, this coffee grinder is the real deal and I would highly recommend it for grinding Turkish-style coffee!
#2 Choice – Zassenhaus Brass Coffee Mill
Can you believe that one of the best Turkish-style grinders on the market happens to be made in Germany? Yes, its true. This Zassenhaus Brass Coffee Mill would make an excellent choice when you’re in the market for a new Turkish coffee grinder. Here’s why I think so:
Hardened Grinding Mechanism
Having a hardened grinding mechanism will help to increase the lifespan of the grinder. The internal mechanisms of some grinders are rubbish, but with this one they internals are built to last. It all starts with components that are built from quality materials, and built with solid craftsmanship, like this one. The hardened grinding mechanism is definitely a key part of this.
Course to Fine Grind Selection
I generally don’t use the adjustments too much with this grinder, because I grind strictly for Turkish with it, but its cool that those adjustments are there if you need them.
Quality Etched Brass
Some other Turkish grinders I’ve bought are made from flimsy materials that seem to dent and discolor easily. You have no idea how much this really bothers me when I see this happen. But this is a quality grinder and beautifully designed to boot. The craftsmanship on display here is really outstanding, which I guess brings us to its price…
The retail price for the unit is around $100, which is a lot more than some of the other Turkish grinders out there. At first that might seem expensive. With me, I’ve had my Zazzenhaus for a few years now and its holding up just fine. I feel like having this grinder in my home is much like owning a piece of art, so I don’t grudge the price too much, especially considering this is art I can use on an almost daily basis. I really feel like I got what I paid for with this grinder.
The fact that this Zazzenhaus grinder has a manufacturer’s warranty just makes me feel a bit better, although so far I haven’t thought about it much. Still, I can understand how someone interested in buying this grinder, for its price, might appreciate this fact.
Doubles As A Spice Grinder
Although I don’t use it for such purposes, you can also use the Turkish coffee grinder to grind various types of spices. For example, you could use the grinder to produce your own black pepper, which I did try once and then never again as I could taste it in my coffee for weeks. It did a good job with those peppercorns though, I must say!
Zazzenhaus – Leading Manufacturer
The reason I bought this particular Turkish-style grinder from Zazzenhaus is because although my X-Large from Turkish Coffee World is a great grinder and has held up fine, I like to have options, and I like to try different things out. Zazzenhaus is a name I have had experience with over the years, and I knew I could be 100% certain that I was choosing a brand that focuses quality and craftsmanship, and wouldn’t let me down. I bought my Zazzenhaus actually around the same time as my X-Large by Turkish Coffee World, and I remember thinking that Turkish Coffee World was a sort of shot in the dark at the time. In retrospect, they have both been great choices.
Once you grind up your beans in the Turkish style, you can watch this video on how to brew it Turkish style:
And here is my final selection for the Best Turkish Coffee Grinder.
#3 Choice – KONA Coffee Grinder by IdylcHomes
If you know coffee, you probably know that KONA is a word that symbolizes the highest quality in the coffee world, because it is the origin of so many great coffee beans from Hawaii. So it wasn’t surprising to me that this Kona coffee grinder from IdlycHomes is capable of providing the perfect fine grind for a great cup of Turkish style coffee.
Yes, I know it doesn’t look like the other two grinders, but if you look at the design closely, you can see the influence for sure. I will admit, it doesn’t have the same bragging rights and you can’t show it off the same way, but what it does do is grinds very fine which is perfect for Turkish coffee. Allow me to explain exactly why I like this Kona Coffee Grinder
If you’re a true home brew fanatic like me then you’ll be needing to use your grinder at least once daily—during the morning, and maybe more than that, so its critical for the unit to be heavy duty, like the KONA here certainly is, to survive the rigors of everyday use. If you were to choose a flimsier unit you’d likely have to replace it sooner rather than later. The parts of the grinder are really solid, like the glass grind receptacle and the rest of the unit as well.
Coffee grounds can be messy, so this is definitely one of the perks of this coffee grinder, in that it is very tidy. When preparing Turkish coffee, you’ll want the process to be as mess-free as possible, especially considering the hazards of a super-fine grind. The glass jar and the other components of the coffee grinder I have found to be a snap to clean, which is a bonus.
This is another benefit of this KONA coffee grinder. When dealing with small electric appliances, getting shocked due to static is one of my biggest hang-ups. Fortunately, it isn’t a problem when choosing this grinder. Since I’m the kind of person who gets shocked every time I touch my car door handle, I was a glad to see this grinder advertised this feature.
I will say, that of all my Turkish-style grinders, this is the one I use to grind for other brewing methods. I just find the adjusting of this grinder to be very straightforward and simple, and so there are times I try out a nice French Press grind with it, as it can do that too.
I should probably have mentioned this earlier with the other two grinders, since they are both quiet and portable as well, but I just find that this isn’t such a showpiece as they are in terms of looking the part of a Turkish grinder, and so I’ve actually taken this little coffee mill with me on the odd vacation, and as of late, I’ve taken it with me nearly everywhere.
Remember earlier when I mentioned I would go to my friend’s house and the coffee would be less than great. Not any more! I just bring this and enough beans for my own coffee and I no longer have to drink my friend’s crud coffee. This particular friend only offers it to be polite anyway, and doesn’t mind that I’m a bit O.C.D. when it comes to my coffee.
One last point about the KONA coffee grinder here. You’ll be able to operate the machine more smoothly with its ergonomic handle, which will help to make your coffee grinding quicker and easier. I find the handle on this unit is really the nicest, meaning no hand cramps or anything, and ground Turkish-style coffee coming up in a jiffy. That’s definitely a plus if you want to minimize the preparation time of your Turkish coffee, if you’re in a rush, say. You can then spend more time on other critical tasks—such as drinking coffee!
Final Verdict On The Best Turkish Coffee Grinders
All three of these options are excellent choices. In terms of functionality, the IdlycHomes coffee grinder or the Zassenhaus is the better choice, but if you want truly authentic Turkish coffee grinder which actually comes from Turkey, the one from Turkish Coffee World is the best option. I really do hope this article helps you decide on a great Turkish-style grinder – Turkish coffee is the best, in my opinion and anything I can do to spread the word believe me I’m there! Thanks for reading
Videos For Turkish Coffee Brewing:
Here’s a great video about all about Turkish coffee culture: