In order to make Turkish coffee you need very finely ground coffee. This is more fine than espresso grind. Almost like super fine powder. You won’t be able to achieve this using a blade grinder. That’s why I bought this authentic Turkish coffee grinder. I believe this classifies as a manual burr grinder. I picked it up when I was visiting Istanbul from the street shops behind Spice Bazaar in Eminönü. I’ve never used one of these before so that’s why I’m giving it a test run.
Most Turkish coffee grinders have a tiny cheap metal looking container on the bottom. I wanted one with a bigger bottom that is made of real heavy metal. So I got this one. It seems to have some Arabic script on it which I can’t read (quick fact: Turks speak Turkish and use the Latin alphabet).
When you take the bottom off you’ll see this nut which adjusts the grind level. The same handle for the mill can be used down here. The tighter this nut, the more fine your grind will be.
Turkish coffee requires lightly roasted coffee beans. After about 45 seconds of turning the mill my grounds are ready. But is it the super fine powder that we need?
This is where this box comes in. When I visiting Istanbul I also went to Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi (Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum) where they have set up a Turkish coffee house in the courtyard. Here they roast, grind, and make Turkish coffee all from scratch, and if you’re interested they’ll school you on how to do in about 30 minutes. At the end you’ll receive a certificate and some goodies such as this box filled with Turkish coffee.
So let’s do a side by side comparison. I think my grinder here passes the ultimate test. It looks pretty much identical to the coffee I picked up from Istanbul, packed by an organization that teaches locals and tourists the tradition of Turkish coffee.
Maybe I’ll write another article on how to make Turkish coffee soon.