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World Turkish Coffee Day

5th December 2018

World Turkish Coffee Day, 5th December

 

Today is World Turkish Coffee Day. Turkey is well known for, and proud of its coffee.  The finely ground beans create a strong thick coffee adored by many.

A true Turkish tradition and firmly set in the country’s culture, Turkish coffee dates back to the 15th century.

Still very popular with all ages, Turkish coffee is not just a drink but used in traditional ceremonies to this day.  When a Turkish ‘groom to be’ visits the girl he wishes to propose to, Turkish coffee is served.  The girl can either add salt to reject the proposal or sugar to accept it.

The Turkish coffee bean is very finely ground and brewed in the cup, with the grounds remaining at the bottom.  The method for making Turkish coffee remains the same now as it always has been.  There are new machines to brew it, but it seems to taste the best made the traditional way, in copper pots, served in small ceramic cups.

There is a saying: "A cup of Turkish coffee is remembered for 40 years" meaning that many friendships can be formed around a single cup of Turkish coffee.  It’s a nice way to bring friends and family together.

Traditionally, Turkish coffee is served in a small porcelain cup and saucer with a glass of water and small sweet biscuit or piece of Turkish delight.

Turkish coffee made UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2013.  And World Turkish Coffee Day is now set for the 5th December.

Turkish coffee’s origins are not 100% known.  It is thought to have been brought to the Yemen and spread to other areas under the Ottoman rule.  The coffee gained popularity and merchants started selling it around Europe, where it was well received.

Fortunes can be told using the remains of the grounds left in the bottom of the Turkish coffee cup.  The cup is tipped onto the saucer and the patterns and shapes left can be used to predict fortunes.

Turkish coffee is also relatively healthy, if consumed in the right quantities and with water.  Experts believe it helps prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease along with Type 2 diabetes and dementia.

So honour Turkish Coffee Day, and enjoy a cup for yourself today!

 

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