I have Crohn’s disease, and I haven’t been able to drink coffee for about 8 years. However, a few weeks ago I was finally clear to do so. I knew exactly what I would be going for. Cappuccino? Not after 10:00am (I’m rarely awake before then). Espresso? Definitely, sometimes. Diner coffee? No, thank you, especially if it has the name Folgers or Maxwell House on it.
No, I require something thicker, fuller, syrupy even. Greek/Turkish coffee is the perfect answer. Turkish coffee is different from most other coffees. Although its made from the same beans, etc, its not filtered. Rather, its made from coffee ground to a powder and mixed directly with water.
To make Turkish coffee you need two things. First, and most importantly, you need a džezva (cezve) (or a bríki, in Greek). Its the tiny pot that is used to boil the coffee. Second, and obviously, you need coffee. You can either buy preground turkish coffee, available at most middle eastern groceries, this will come with cardamon mixed in, or you can buy a burr grinder or a traditional turkish coffee grinder and grind your own beans. Obviously, grinding your own will yield a fresher tasting coffee.
Once you have your resources together grab a small coffee cup, or an espresso cup or a demitasse cup, and use it to measure out your water. Add one cup of water per each cup you’re making, the briki should hold about 4 small cups total, and top off with a little extra to account for boil off.
Next, you want to add a heaping teaspoon of coffee for each cup you want to make to the briki. Sugar is to taste, but you also want to add this now, I add a good amount, a little less than a teaspoon for each cup.
Next your going to add this to the heat, stirring occasionally for the first minute or so. Then, let it go. Before long, it will start to boil, and it will boil hard and fast, so keep an eye on it (watch the video for an example). Once it boils up, quickly remove it from the heat (being careful not to spill any on yourself) and add it to the heat one more time, let it boil up again and remove.
Grab your cups and slowly pour the coffee in and enjoy.