Cezve is the name given to the Turkish coffee pot traditionally used to brew individual drinks, usually made of copper or brass. The Greeks use the name Ibrik for the same pot, so the name Cezve / Ibrik recognizes both cultural variations of the same coffee pot. We were first introduced to this incredible brewing method when we were volunteering at the Istanbul Coffee Festival for a friend, Aysin Aydogdu. Fortuitously, Matt and I worked on a stand beside this guy who we heard was famous, Mr Turgay Yildizli; who at the time happened to be the World Cezve / Ibrik Champion. Aysin, was herself a previous World Champion and is a tireless campaigner for this method of preparation. She introduced us to Turgay and the rest so they say, is history. What immediately attracted us to these people and this Cezve / Ibrik method, (apart from the amazing tasting coffee) was that for the first time since entering the world of coffee, we were talking to people who were not only leading the field and passionate about it; but they were happy to share their knowledge. Matt went on to compete and place third in the Worlds the following year, and Karthik won twice the National UAE event before recently winning the 2017 Worlds.
Cezve / Ibrik coffee preparation is a full immersion technique. The coffee is ground fine and added to water, brewed over heat, which is traditionally sand but you can also use small gas burners. Personally my first and second experiences of traditionally brewed Turkish coffees in Jordan, were not pleasant experiences (in fact almost scaring). And don’t get me started on Cardamom as I most definitely do not believe it should be allowed anywhere near coffee unless you are trying to mask bad quality!
We have discovered on our Cezve / Ibrik journey here at Raw, that the same single origins we roast lightly for brewing, make exceptional Cezve / Ibrik coffee. If you haven’t had the luck of trying a good one yet yourself, you really should give it a try.
There are some basic do’s and don’ts that we are going to share now:
This little drink is complete, you do not improve it by adding sugar or milk. Quite honestly, we thoroughly recommend it as an incredible way to deliver the true potential of a coffee; its relatively simple and inexpensive to set yourself up at home and it tastes fantastic.
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