[Homeroast] Turkish coffee, was Good Friday Cup

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Fri Apr 2 14:17:25 CDT 2010

Ray mentions "boiling". Ray mentions not ever reaching boiling with
his method, but there is apparently some  confusion between "foaming"
and "boiling" when referring to Turkish Coffee. I post this not to
correct anything Ray has said, but simply to address a common area of

There are some Turkish Coffee brewing tips on the Sweet Maria's website:


In the section,
"Brewing Turkish coffee (courtesy of customer Raj Apte 1/19/06)",
there is the following tip:

<start quote>
When brewing Turkish coffee, the foaming occurs at around 70C (158
degrees F), much cooler than boiling, which is why it's possible to
foam the coffee repeatedly without boiling it--higher than 75C the
coffee becomes over-extracted.
<end quote>


On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM,  <raymanowen at gmail.com> wrote:
> I tried some Turkish coffee- my way- using hot distilled H2O from the
> espresso machine wand. It generated the micro foam directly, so the trick
> was to maintain the foam head 5m without letting it actually boil and
> agitate the brew.
> The first time I brewed Turkish was in the new Ibrik I got from SM. I had
> images floating in my head about several boil-foam-cool cycles. That wasn't
> going to happen, misteak or not. Too many "boil" cycles for my coffee.
> Rules are made for breaking, plus the synapses convert everything to fuzzy
> logic anyway. Maintaining the foam requires a <Little> less heat than the
> churning boil cycle, and this clod barista didn't master it for a while.
> For a new roast, the starting espresso grind is 20. (Burr separation)  10
> seemed like a good starting point for Turkish, so, like the first espresso
> shot I ever brewed, I added a little organic cane sugar to the coffee
> grounds. Also a nip of vanilla soy milk, to cover all misteaks.
> Two coffee spoons (enough for two double espresso shots) of beans for the 10
> oz Ibrik. With the burrs set to 10, BUFF had to work a few seconds to grind
> it, and lots of grounds came out when I "puffed" it several times to clear
> the grind path.
> Instead of bringing the water-coffee-sugar to a boil in the cold Ibrik, I
> boil the water first and add it, never actually boiling the brew. Micro foam
> comes up immediately- dark, not the golden crema color of espresso.
> I was originally tempted to try Turkish brewing in my foaming pitcher- about
> the right size. Glad I didn't. Imagine the mess, donning welding gloves
> mid-brew to avoid hot knuckles.
> Even with the interesting-to-watch mixture turnover, the first brews weren't
> bad at all, and clumsily decanting the homogenized brew from a right-handed
> Ibrik made for some tantalizing body. It's a Hoot!
> Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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