MEHMET EFENDI: Crown Prince Of Coffee

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This historical and cultural landmark is behind the Egyptian Bazaar on Tahmis Sokak. But please, do not trust your normal sense to help you find it. Vision

is no good here, there is a wealth of shiny things for sale and a throng of people buying, selling delivering, or (most likely) sipping small glasses of Turkish tea. Your ears; also overwhelmed by the din of merchant hawkers and loud conversations in every language, will be rendered useless. You can try to taste the air but I don’t advice it. Try to feel your way around and end up with your hand inside a basket of peanuts or into a bucket of pickles. No, there is only one viable option and it will work if you are even half the caffeine junkie as me. Follow your nose to Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi (the honorable dried coffee man Mehmet.)

Since 1871, the unmistakable and blissful aromas of freshly roasted coffee made by this company have wafted skyward.  Better than a blanket and teddy bear on a soft warm bed. Better than your Grandma’s chicken soup. This is the place where it all started. On this very location, coffee was invented. At least, according to some Turks. For me, it doesn’t matter where it came from as long as it ends up in my stomach. This small store-front roasts, grinds, packs in paper, and sells to the masses the undisputed best Turkish coffee in the world. Sadly, they do not sell any of the black beverage. Take it hope and cook it up yourself. But first, stand in line. there are normally at least 20 or 30 people waiting to fetch their paper packs of perfect potables. Your next step should be to stop by one of the local street vendors and get a brass Turkish coffee cooker, called a cezve, for about 5 lira.

My own personal instructions for preparing Turkish coffee:

Use a half tablespoon of coffee for each Turkish coffee cup of water, both go into the cezve.

Put it on the stove, stir in sugar as needed, and cook until frothy on top

Use the spoon to scoop out the froth into the bottom of each coffee cup being filled.

Pour the coffee down the side of the cup (inside) to fill each cup but preserve the foam

Drink, flip the cup over onto the saucer, and get one of your friends to read your fortune in the grounds.

  • Don’t Miss: Packets of coffee still hot from the roaster
  • Best Perk: Ultimate freshness
  • Average Price: 3tl per 100 gram
 Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi
Tahtakale Mh., Tahmis Sokak 66, 34116 Istanbul
(0212) 511 42 62


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