From Beans to the World: Turkish Coffee

An exquisite journey into the world of one of the most time-honored beverages!

A coffee shop in Ayvalık, Balıkesir by GoTürkiyeGoTürkiye

Regarding the Ottoman kitchen, coffee was introduced by the Governor of Yemen in the 16th century. First favoured in the palace, it then captivated the general population. Later, with the opening of the first coffeehouse, coffee started taking centre stage among the people.

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The First Coffeehouses, Where Coffee Came Alive!

A journey through one of the first social hubs of the country, coffeehouses.

A depiction of a late eighteenth-century Ottoman coffeehouse in Istanbul 1819GoTürkiye

İstanbul became home to the first coffee house in 1555, becoming a popular gathering spot for friends and family. Over time, it transformed into a lively place that buzzed with endless conversations, book readings, and a multitude of captivating performances.

A woman drinking coffee in Istanbul by GoTürkiyeGoTürkiye

By 1630, Evliya Çelebi noted there were 55 coffeehouses in the city. These served different social functions, catering to traders, water carriers, lovers, and readers.

Enjoying coffee in Istanbul by GoTürkiyeGoTürkiye

2000 more coffee shops were opened by the 19th century as they became an integral part of city life.

Serving Turkish coffee by GoTürkiyeGoTürkiye

Coffee, Conversation, and Culture Converge at the Coffeehous

Turkish coffeehouses, kahvehane, immersed the aromatic coffee with not only conversation but also captivating performances.

Turkish coffee served on a tray by GoTürkiyeGoTürkiye

Newly emerging coffeehouses took social life by storm as they provided interesting opportunities for discussions. Large coffeehouses exhibited intricate architectural designs, with sections divided by platforms, and private seating areas.

A woman sitting in a coffeehouse by GoTürkiyeGoTürkiye

The Vibrant Essence of Coffeehouse Architecture

The design and architecture of coffeehouses embodied some of the most stunning elements of Turkish culture.

Gaziantep Tahmis Coffeehouse by GoTürkiyeGoTürkiye

Intricate wooden panelling on the ceilings was created with the meticulous çıtakari technique. Fine details on the walls also added to the overall aesthetics. The artisanal touch continued with the inclusion of silk carpets and separate, elevated areas for esteemed guests.

A cup of frothy coffee by GoTürkiyeGoTürkiye

Besides the elegant architecture, carefully selected coffee utensils like mortars, cups, copper pots, and grinders were functional and served decorative purposes, harmonising with the interior design.

Turkish Coffee fortunetelling by GoTürkiyeGoTürkiye

Divine Coffee Divinations in Türkiye

With Turkish coffee, it is possible to find what you seek in your cup (and no in the stars!)

Turkish coffee fortune-telling practices have their roots in the Ottoman palace elites, as it was a method for them to spread their messages and desired gossip to one another behind the façade of coffee fortune-telling, contributing to the social dynamics of the palace.

A cherished tradition finds life in the cup with captivating flavours and genuine conversations with Turkish coffee!

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