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If there’s one thing that could be said about the Turkish population when it comes to coffee is that they take their coffee-drinking very seriously.
“And we don’t?!”, you might exclaim, understandably miffed at the insinuation that we North Americans don’t take our coffee-drinking as seriously as the Turks.
Turkish People Love Their Coffee!
Yes, here in North America, we treat our love for coffee in terms of give me it or die. But then again, the Turks are a little bit like that too, and they have been making coffee arguably longer than those of us here in the west.
I think it would be hard for anyone here in North America to argue that we have historically treated coffee with quite so much pomp and pageantry as the Turks do their coffee.
Their servings sets, made of polished brass and with intricate inscriptions, are to die for. Their grinders look like they should be used in royal palaces, not in someone’s regular old kitchen.
Indeed, Turkey and coffee do go waaaay back historically, and certain types of coffee equipment have certainly been marked by Turkish culture as they helped to redesign many of the styles of grinder that we see around today.
(*Read more about that in our article on the history of coffee grinders)
In addition, we must be aware that Turkish folks have interwoven coffee into many of their most important rituals in life, with marriage being a big one.
For instance, the bride-to-be has to serve the future groom coffee, along with his family, although his is spiked with salt as a representation of the difficulties of their life ahead.
Side note – I myself almost married a comely Turkish girl (but didn’t – she was too intense for me), and when I was there, coffee was ready and served in small intricate serving ware at 5am, and this went on all day. Food, coffee, food, coffee. Dishes everywhere. It was amazing! I was well caffeinated for the whole visit.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, Turks have been known to use coffee to tell the future as well. At least, that’s what my Turkish friends have told me they do sometimes for fun.
But sometimes, it’s not just for fun…people can take these psychic readings using coffee quite seriously, in the way that a lot of people in North America look at the zodiak.
I think that the point here is, Turkish folk really, REALLY appreciate coffee drinking in a way that can only be described reaching mythical proportions.
On the day to day level, Turkish people are just as enthralled with coffee as we are, and they drink a lot of it. And so, they have tried their best to perfect the art over these past hundreds upon hundreds of years.
Making the Perfect Cup of Turkish Coffee
Here is a quick video about how to make the perfect Turkish cup of coffee:
Turkish Coffee Serving Sets – Handcrafted To Amaze!
Turkish people know a thing or two about coffee, but nowhere is this more evident perhaps than their serving sets, which are often handmade and in most cases highly detailed and extravagant.
Now, you may be one of those coffee drinkers that is perhaps a bit grumpy or moody, and you rise but you refuse to shine.
Well, even the grumpiest of coffee drinkers would have to admit that there is something positively beautiful about the way Turkish people craft their serving sets.
God Is In The Details
You can tell just by looking at a Turkish serving set how important coffee is to them.
To those of us who could care less whether they drink their coffee out of a styrophome cup, Turkish coffee serving sets are just about as opposite from that as you can get.
If drinking coffee from a Dixie cup is the equivalent of going to the state fair, drinking coffee from a Turkish serving cup is like going to watch fireworks Disney World, you just sit there staring in awe at the amazing craftsmanship.
Of course, you can use these serving sets to serve anything you like, from coffee, to tea, to espresso, to hot chocolate, but we of course love ’em for Turkish coffee.
Finest Serving Materials
Turkish serving sets, including the trays, the saucers, the cups, the lids, and whatever else they might include are often made from brass, copper, silver, or gold.
They are also handcrafted with fine details such as floral and other exotic shapes and patterns.
The details are are amazing, and to those who have never really seen such craftsmanship, it really is amazing that this is just how Turkish people view their coffee – with complete reference.
With Turkish coffee serving sets, its all about getting together with people and having real interaction, something that many people have forgotten about today in this era of burying our heads in our smartphones while our beloved coffee is right there in front of us.
Turkish coffee serving sets are an art form, and they deserve to be appreciated, and remember, in the words of this poet:
“Not the coffee, nor the coffeehouse is the longing of the soul. A friend is what the soul longs for, coffee is just the excuse”.