Turkish Coffee

Cemil Usta, Mandabatmaz, by tuba şatana

Istanbul’s coffee shops: Mandabatmaz

Turkish coffee is more than a tiny cup of caffeine for any Turkish people. It is a social event, a time well spent,  an office gossip, a morning newspaper, a gathering, a moment of our lives that we found in a cup. We do not grab a turkish coffee and…

Turkish coffee, Tuba Şatana

Turkish Coffee enters UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List

He was excited, Özgür, he has been my partner in coffee crime for more than 15 years, ‘I have some great news for you, about Turkish coffee…’ He has been working at/with Turkish Coffee Culture and Research Association (TCCRA) from the day it was founded, witnessing Turkish coffee getting back its…

Ethem Tezçakar, 4, copyright Tuba Şatana

Ethem Tezçakar Usta, looking over us…

Everywhere you can have Turkish coffee. But should you? NO! There are certain things about a decent cup of Turkish coffee. The quality of the coffee, freshness, water, pot, heat source and the person preparing it. But there is another big issue, the place you drink it at. The atmosphere,…

Sorry, but no: Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi – Istanbul

Very sorry to say, but Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi’s coffees are so much roasted, pitch black dark roasted, burnt, you can not get the taste of the coffee but a burnt substance.  Why not buy the high quality beans and process it? I would definitely pay more for decent Turkish…

Kantin – Istanbul

Let’s see… A couple of stairs, enter through the glass door, greeted by smiling faces, crowd is eating happily, yes again full, should I wait for a table at the terrace or anywhere, let’s see what is on the big board today… White table clothes and fresh flowers meet the…

Baylan Pastanesi – Istanbul

One of Istanbul’s touchstones, my one and only Baylan stands bold, against all the new trends of baking,reminding us that old school is always sound. Ask any Istanbul local, they always have a story to  tell you about Baylan, and their memories from the good old days of Istanbul. You…

Fazıl Bey’in Türk Kahvesi – Istanbul

Everyone has a secret hiding place, a little safe zone. I have a couple myself. This one is for Turkish coffee. This place offers me the scene to the rush-ness of Kadıköy Food Market with a balance of nice, piping hot, dark roasted Turkish coffee. You may sit on the…