How use the Turkish Coffee Grinder
In the world of coffee, Turkish coffee is a unique concoction that requires a different perspective than, say, drinking coffee from an automatic drip coffee machine.
Even its main equipment – the Turkish coffee grinder – looks different!
Same Beans, Different Methods
It must be emphasized that there are no special coffee beans from Turkey, or from Armenia, Bosnia, Cyprus and Greece for that matter, which go into making excellent Turkish coffee. The name refers to the method of preparation instead of the coffee beans and sugar used.
Basically, the coffee beans are ground to a fine powder, sprinkled on top of the coffee pot filled with sugar and water, and then heated. When you do this properly, you ought to come up with a cup of coffee where the surface is coated with a layer of foam.
Of course, you can use your favorite burr grinder to produce finely ground coffee beans, of which the Rancilio Rocky is highly recommended. (Do not use the blade grinder as it produces coarse beans) However, for an authentic experience, only the Turkish coffee grinder will do.
The special grinder used in Turkish coffee is typically smaller than the usual coffee grinder, often no bigger than an ordinary pepper mill. As such, you can carry it around with you just as the Turkish nomads did centuries before. Incidentally, these grinders are also used as pepper grinders in restaurants due to the really fine consistency of the resulting powder.
You will find two compartments in a typical Turkish grinder.
The upper compartment holds the grinding burrs while the lower compartment contains the ground coffee, with the small screw located on the top compartment that can be controlled to produce various degrees of fineness. The Turkish coffee mill will produce various consistencies ranging from cornmeal at its coarsest and cake flour at its finest settings.
Selection of Right Grinder
Nowadays, the Turkish grinder can be found in places other than Turkey and its neighboring countries. In fact, German companies produce the finest brands in the world, with Zassenhaus the most notable of them all.
With its ten year warranty, solid brass construction from the crank to the body, beautiful scroll work and assurance of quality, you cannot go wrong with an old-fashioned Turkish grinder from Zassenhaus.
Plus, it does help to know that it has Old World elegance to it. The preparation process for an excellent Turkish coffee and use of the Turkish coffee grinder are discussed elsewhere in this website.
Just remember that Turkish coffee is best prepared using moderately low heat and the right size of pot since using too large a pot causes the foam to be less than, well, foamy.
Also, Turkish coffee is best enjoyed when piping hot and served with a glass of cold water and Turkish delight, which make for an interesting and addicting coffee experience like no other.
For added flavor, you can even add pistachio grains, Mediterranean style. And while you are at it, you can also let a fortuneteller read your fortune from the dregs left behind in the pot.
It is fun, at most, and entertaining, at least.
So, let nothing and nobody come between you and the purchase of a Turkish coffee grinder today.
By the way; here is the step by step recipe to make turkish coffee