After 10 days of gloomy weather, the sun finally appeared today. I opened the blinds and curtains to let the sun shine down on me as I sit at the dining room table with my mom; we always did at grandfather’s house. We were thinking of him, and remembering how he loved his Turkish coffee. It would have been his 104th birthday today.
My grandfather taught me how to make Turkish coffee at a young age as he thought it was important to learn how to make a good cup of coffee. He also taught me how to make regular drip coffee. He really loved his coffee, and he would put a pot on at least 4 times a day!
When we were kids, my grandfather would pour us Turkish coffee in our coffee cups specially made for Turkish coffee. But, since it was a tad bit to strong for kids, he would drop some ice cream in our cups, and that just made us want more! It was so yummy, I especially liked it with neapolitan ice cream. With ice cream and coffee you cannot go wrong; it makes a easy and yummy summer dessert, or anytime treat!
To make Turkish coffee, you will need a small pot such as a milk warmer or a pot specifically made for making Turkish coffee which is called cezve (c is pronounced g); you can find them at any Mediterranean or Middle Eastern store.
You will need to get some Turkish coffee – luckily for me I have relatives that bring me fresh coffee every year from Turkey, which is the best coffee! But you can find it at any Mediterranean store, or you can ground your coffee very fine in the coffee grinder at the grocery store. Some grocery stores have a Turkish coffee selection on the dial right after espresso.
You will be measuring the water with a Turkish coffee cup, but if you don’t have those cups, the amount comes out to a 1/4 cup in a measuring cup or 5 tablespoons worth of water. For every ‘cup’ of water, you will need 1 teaspoon of coffee. To sweeten, I use 1 teaspoon sugar for each teaspoon of coffee, if you want you can use less sugar.
Combine the coffee and sugar in the coffee cooking pot, add in the water, and stir. Bring to a boil on low-medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it foams (boiling point), skim the foam and add it to the serving cups; that way you get that nice foam with your coffee, which is optional. Bring to a boil; once it boils, it is ready. The grounds will settle in the bottom of the pot, do not drink that part.
Scoop ice cream in the serving cups, and pour the coffee on the side of the cup. This amount makes 5 servings. Enjoy!