Turkish coffee has a reputation for being dark, rich, and steeped in tradition. Since the sixteenth century, coffee was considered the “milk of chess players and thinkers” and played a vital role in Ottoman gender relations. In-laws would judge a future bride by the sweetness of her coffee, and after a guest finished their cup, they would place it upside-down on the saucer. Once the cup cooled, the hostess would remove it and look to the coffee grounds for the guest’s future. The other special element to Turkish coffee is just a hint of spice, usually cardamom. It lends a particular depth of flavor to the coffee, and is absolutely lovely, especially when chilled, in my opinion. It’s also super easy to do. Just grind the spices directly into the coffee for the best flavor, and then make a cup as you usually would. Don’t forget to check the coffee grounds for your fortune!
1 cup coffee beans
2 teaspoons cardamom pods
1/2 cinnamon stick, crushed
Grind together the beans, cardamom, and cinnamon. Run through your coffee maker or use your french press as you normally would. Top with your favorite creamer.