How Does Turkish Coffee Work

First things first: Turkish sand coffee is merely another traditional brewing method you may employ to make Turkish coffee; it’s neither a type of coffee nor a roast level.

 Since it isn’t as popular and usual as using an electric pot or a Turkish coffee pot directly over a hob or fire, you probably don’t know much about it.

Turkish  Coffee’s History

Yemen was the entry point for coffee into Europe in the early 15th century. Soon after, the governor of Yemen presented it to the empire’s sultan, who lived in Istanbul.  In essence, that is how coffee entered Turkish culture.

Later, some leaders and staunchly anti-Islamic clerics would want to outlaw it since they thought it was more of a drug than a beverage. Unfortunately, they could no longer control coffee’s popularity and eventually relinquished control.

The idea of making Turkish coffee in the sand is still unknown, despite the fact that Turks may have been the first to invent what is now commonly recognised as Turkish coffee. Nevertheless, the idea predates the beverage by almost as much.  

Turkish Sand Coffee: How Does It Work? 

Let’s examine the procedure for operating a Turkish sand coffee maker step by step.

  • Cold water
  • Cezve or an ibrik, a grinder (if using whole beans)
  •  A measuring cup, and finely ground coffee
  • Sweeteners and spices are included as optional ingredients.
  • Step 1: Sand should be placed in a tray or cooking pot of a similar size, and it should be heated to a very high temperature over an open flame or stove.  An alternative is to use a Turkish coffee sand machine, which is more convenient and equally effective
  • Step 2: Pour water into your cezve or ibrik in the desired quantity. Use a tiny container calibrated in ounces or other volume measurements, such as a coffee mug.
  • Step 3: Grind your whole beans to an incredibly fine texture using a Turkish coffee grinder.  Make sure the pre-ground coffee is finely ground if you’re using it.
  • Step 4: Pour 0.3 ounces (10 grammes) of coffee per 100 millilitres of water or two and a half teaspoonfuls of coffee each mug into your coffee maker.
  • Step 5: Thoroughly blend the two (you may now add sugar if you’d like) until well-combined.
  • Step 6: Place your pot into the warm sand several inches deep. Make
  • Step 7: Stir the mixture while the water heats up to spread the coffee grounds and avoid lumps. Wait until the mixture begins to foam along the pot’s neck, but do not allow it to boil. When the mixture is enough foamy to your liking, remove the pot and carry out the procedure again. 
  • Step 8: Remove the froth that has accumulated on top of your beverage and either discard it or pour it into your Turkish coffee cups. After carefully dosing each cup with coffee, wait for the grounds to settle before taking a taste.  Dust the brew with your preferred spices to flavour it.

Is Turkish Sand Coffee Distinct From Turkish Coffee As A Whole?

One is prepared using hot sand, and the other is prepared using a hob, a fire or an electric coffee maker. One could be said to be baked, while the other to be boiled.

And here is where the two diverge in their approaches to flavour. The slowest of the three techniques, Turkish coffee is brewed on hot sand, which results in a smoother, more delicious beverage with a constant taste.

That is not to argue that the other techniques produce less true Turkish coffee.

Everything depends on how successfully you carry out the brewing procedure, starting with the beans you choose and the water-to-coffee mixing ratios. I hadn’t finished it yet. Additionally, you have total control over the heat.


Turkish sand coffee is brewed in a less popular manner than other types, but it tastes just as good or perhaps better. If you do it correctly, you’ll get a sweet, delicious cup of authentic Turkish coffee.  

However, in order to get the most out of this brewing technique, you must first: Choose the right coffee beans. Grind the beans to the correct grind size texture or use finely pre-ground coffee. Mix coffee with water in the right ratio.

 Set the pot in the sand at a depth that allows for slow even brewing There’s still so much to learn about this treasured Turkish brew. Like the best traditional pots to use or how it differs from Greek coffee.

If you could spare a few minutes for that, you will leave this place more knowledgeable and better than you came in.