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Spiced Turkish Coffee Recipe


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Warming spices set this version of Turkish coffee apart from the standard recipe.

Lindsey Goodwin
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.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: One serving


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


  1. In an 8-oz. 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.
  8. Allow the coffee grounds to settle in the ibrik for about a minute.
  9. Pour the coffee into the cups, taking care to leave the grounds, spices and sludge in the pot.
  10. Serve immediately.
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