Bon Appetit Wednesday! Celebrate National Coffee Day

Türk_Kahvesi_-_Bakir_CezveYesterday was National Coffee Day in the United States, but we’re hardly the originators of good coffee. So we’re bringing you a recipe for the perfect ancient Turkish coffee, a drink that is not only delicious and full of energy, but according to recent studies, is also a healthy addition to your day. Greek researchers have discovered that “consumption of a boiled type of coffee is associated with improved endothelial function,” or cardiovascular health.[1]

Before you start boiling and brewing, check out our blog post and slideshow about the ancient history of the coffee bean. Did you know that Bach composed a Coffee Cantata? Learn this and many more fun facts in Celebrating National Coffee Day: A Jittery Goat, Political Plots, Slave Labor, Grounds for Divorce—The Coffee Bean Brews Up a Tumultuous World History.

Ancient Boiled Turkish Coffee

Gluten Free buttonVegan Button copyServing size: One cup of coffee

Ingredients

  • Extra fine Arabica coffee grounds
  • A Turkish coffee pot (cezve)
  • Espresso demitasse cup or Turkish coffee cup (fincan)
  • Cold water

Instructions

  1. Pour one and a half cups of cold water into the coffee pot (cezve).
  2. Add a teaspoon of coffee grounds to the cold water and stir. You can add more for a stronger coffee.
  3. Add sugar, if you want a sweeter coffee.
  4. Heat the pot as slowly as possible and be careful not to let the coffee boil over.
  5. Once the water is boiling, pour some of the coffee into your cup. Fill it up about a third of the way.
  6. Allow the coffee to boil again and then fill your cup up the rest of the way.
  7. Wait for a few minutes to allow the coffee grounds to settle at the bottom of your cup. Enjoy!

Click here to watch a video walking you through a similar recipe.

[1] http://vmj.sagepub.com/content/18/2/55

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