Turkish Coffee Culture and Tradition

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Coffee Ritual and Tradition

The memory of a cup of coffee lasts for forty years. Turkish coffee has an original identity and tradition with its special taste, foam, cooking and presentation. It is one of the main elements of religious holidays and daily life.

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee Culture and Tradition goes back to the 16th century when coffee started to be served at coffeehouses in Istanbul.

Turkish coffee, which is regarded as part of cultural heritage in our country, is a symbol of hospitality, friendship, refinement and entertainment that permeates all walks of life. An invitation for coffee among friends provides an opportunity for intimate talk and the sharing of daily concerns. Turkish coffee also plays an important role on social occasions such as engagement ceremonies and holidays. The rituals are transmitted to the new generations informally by family members through observation and participation.

Turkish coffee leaves a long lasting taste and freshness at palate due to its preparation techniques.

Preparation Techniques

Turkish coffee has special preparation techniques roots back to centuries that are still in use. Due to these preparation techniques Turkish coffee leaves its taste on the palate for a long time, and also an integral part of the daily life and various social practices.

The freshly roasted beans are ground to a fine powder; then the ground coffee, cold water and sugar are added to a coffee pot and brewed slowly on a stove to produce the desired foam.


A ritual of precision, unique tools, bold flavour and fortune telling. All rooted in a culture of the warmest hospitality. No wonder why UNESCO has included Turkish coffee on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Turkish coffee is served in small cups, accompanied by a glass of water.

The coffee grounds left in the empty cup are often used to tell a person's fortune.

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Turkish Coffee Culture and Tradition was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013.

  • Official Name: Turkish Coffee Culture and Tradition
  • Criteria: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
  • Date of Inscription: 2013
Coffee Ritual and Tradition
Traditional Turkish Coffee