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Making a Rich and Thick Coffee with Turkish Ibrik
Updated Friday 07 July, 2000
By: Sergei Pikovsk

It is a fact that coffee has become a huge industry these days that is why there are different ways in brewing them that includes using an Ibrik from Turkey. As a matter of fact, it is the industry that is second largest to oil all over the world. In addition, coffee has always been one of the favorite beverages that many love. Coffee can be brewed in different ways.

There are different recipes that people can make using the Turkish apparatus called the Ibrik. Turkish coffee is known to be really strong and at the same time flavorful. However, the coffee that the said apparatus produces is not recommended for those who are faint-hearted.

According to history, Ibrik is a traditional pot that is handmade. It has an open top with a long handle. The most common materials that it is made of are copper, brass, copper, as well as other metals. On the other hand, there are some who use ceramic.

The Ibrik is a small pot that can only hold enough coffee. It makes about a cup or a couple. The top of the pot is known to be narrower as compared to its bottom area. The long handle of the pot is designed to be able to accurately prevent burning the users' hands because the end of the pot is directly placed in the source of the heat.

Most people use dark roasted coffee that is extremely and finely ground. It is put into the Ibrik along with a similar amount of sugar. Usually, a spoonful for each individual is enough to make a cup. In addition, a small quantity of water is also needed. Typically, it would require about 4 fl oz every spoonful of coffee.

There are times when the grinders in the coffee pot are unable to thoroughly grind the coffee fine. That is why most people use a pestle as well as a mortar in order to pulverize the coffee before using. If the coffee is too course, it will not be able to produce a Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee is rich that provides coffee drinkers an intense pleasure. It is also sweetened and is often spiced. Often, sugar as well as cinnamon is added to the pot with the coffee.

The process of making a Turkish coffee is very simple. Sugar and water are boiled together in the Ibrik. When they are boiled, finely ground coffee is then added. When the water simmers, the coffee begins to foam up on top of the Ibrik's neck. The foam has to be stirred in and then heated again until it comes up one more time. The process has to be repeated many times. The whole process takes about seven minutes to finally brew. And then, the pot is taken off the heat that makes the coffee grounds to settle.

As a result of the said process, the coffee is thicker and more intense. Moreover, the Ibrik coffee is more sediment, and it has a certain "chewiness" as compared to a cup of French press coffee.
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