The History of Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee has played an important role in Turkish lifestyle and culture since the early days of the Ottoman Empire right though to present day.


The Turkish love affair with coffee started in Constantinople (now Istanbul) back in 1554 when two traders from Damascus came to the great city and opened a coffee shop in the district of Tahtakale.

By the year 1650, Turkish Coffee had became a major part of Ottoman culture. There were grand ceremonies at the Ottoman court where highly trained Coffee makers prepared and served the beverage for the sultan.


In modern day Turkey, as well as being an everyday drink, Turkish coffee also plays a role in traditional weddings.

Before a couple marry, the boy and his parents will visit the girl’s family to ask the hand of the bride-to-be. During this meeting, the bride prepares and serves Turkish coffee to the boy and his family.

For the groom’s coffee, the bride-to-be uses salt rather than sugar to gauge his character. If the boy drinks his coffee without any sign of displeasure, the bride-to-be assumes that the groom is good-tempered and patient.


Technology often destroys tradition however, Turkish Coffee has remained prevalent in Turkey and is enjoyed by many around the world.

Turkish coffee has also been listed on the UNESCO’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” list.