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Turkish coffee

September 21, 2007 |  3:45 pm

Img_1675_2The other day, badly in need of a good jolt of caffeine, I remembered a recipe for Turkish coffee from a great book I reviewed last year: Ana Sortun's "Spice" (HarperCollins, 2006).  So I found the coffee pot I'd brought back from Istanbul and made a batch in the Test Kitchen. Turkish coffee is fantastic stuff, brewed by repeatedly heating a mixture of finely ground coffee beans, water and sugar so that it rises up in the pot and then sinks back down. Sortun not only gives a recipe, but tells you how to read your fortune in the grounds too.  A pattern of dots means that you're spending too much money; a circle predicts good fortune; a leaf fortells new friendship.  I'm not really sure what this one meant -- maybe that there's a happy, dancing frog in my future. 

-- Amy Scattergood

Photo by Amy Scattergood