Spiced Turkish Coffee Recipe

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Warming spices set this version of Turkish coffee apart from the standard recipe. Westend61/Getty Images
  • 12 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: One serving
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Turkish coffee is typically served sweet or “bitter” (unsweetened) with no milk. However, it is also often prepared with cardamom, and may even include ingredients like almond extract, cloves and vanilla. This Spiced Turkish Coffee recipe riffs on tradition with an assortment of warming spices.

What You'll Need

  • 6 ounces cold water
  • 1 whole cardamom pod, or 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 whole clove, or 1/16 teaspoon clove
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon, or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 drop pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons powdered (or extremely finely ground) coffee grounds

How to Make It

  1. In an 8-ounce ibrik, combine the water, spices and vanilla extract. Stir.
  2. Add the sugar and coffee. Do not stir.
  3. Bring the liquid to a near-boil over medium heat.
  4. When the foam rises into the neck of the ibrik, remove it from heat. Watch it closely and do not allow it to boil.
  5. Allow the foam to settle.
  6. Return the pot to the stove and repeat steps 4 and 5 several times, until the foam is thick.
  7. Distribute the foam evenly amongst your demitasse cups.
  1. Allow the coffee grounds to settle in the ibrik for about a minute.
  2. Pour the coffee into the cups, taking care to leave the grounds, spices and sludge in the pot.
  3. Serve immediately.