TURKISH COFFEE FROM PAST TO PRESENT
THERE IS AN OLD TURKISH SAYING, THAT GOES: A CUP OF COFFEE IS REMEMBERED FOR 40 YEARS
Turkish Coffee is enjoyed not only by drinking, but also by experiencing the moment. Mostly served in copper and silver trays, the authenticity of the Turkish Coffee is preserved even today; and the delicately thin cups give Turkish Coffee an aesthetic touch.
Quite often it is served with Turkish delight or a piece of chocolate and a glass of water. Water is usually drunk before the coffee in order to clean the mouth so that the taste of the coffee is experienced fully.
Turkish Coffee has been accepted as part of the Turkish culture throughout the world; it has become popular as a Turkish beverage and inspired many artists. The patterns and figures on the coffee cups are examples of the graceful Turkish tradition of ornamentation.
The pleasing effect of the coffee brings family members, friends and neighbors together. In fact, friendly conversation is a part of the Turkish Coffee tradition. There is a proverb emphasizing this fact: “The heart longs neither for coffee nor for a coffee house, the heart longs for a friend to chat, the coffee is just a pretense.”
People take time to drink Turkish coffee while chatting with friends. When they finish drinking, they turn the cup upside down and put it on the plate. After a while patterns get formed that are interpreted as part of the fortune-telling ritual which stirs up further conversation.
Another Turkish custom is adding salt to the prospective groom’s coffee, when he comes with his parents to the house of his bride-to-be to ask for the consent of her parents for their marriage. This salty coffee is prepared and served by no one else but the prospective bride, and silently devoured by the groom. This is the symbol of his love for this girl and his eagerness to marry her.
Very recently, “The Turkish Coffee and Tradition” has been listed on the UNESCO’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage” list.