On our quest for the best Turkish coffee brands out there we’ve now sampled a fair few Turkish coffee vendors in Turkey as well as Greek coffee who also use the same roasting and grounding method as Turkish coffee makers. Here’s a breakdown of the best, in no particular order.
Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi
Kuru kahveci in Turkish means “roasted ground coffee vendor” and Mehmet Efendi is the name of the founder of the company. In the old days, Ottomans used to buy raw coffee beans, roast them and grind them at home to make their own Turkish coffee. Mehmet Efendi took over his family’s small business in 1871 and started to roast and ground coffee on a larger scale, thus he becoming Kuru kahveci Mehmet Efendi. Mehmet efendi uses a mix of Arabica and Brazilian beans, roasted in purpose built electric ovens.
The store he set up in Tahmis Sokak in Eminönü near the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul is still serving up freshly ground Turkish coffee and there’s always a queue!
Nuri Toplar in Eminönü, Istanbul
Nuri Toplar is unique because they still persist in roasting the coffee beans under wood fire, rather than electric ovens like many of the big vendors do nowadays. Founded in 1890, Nuri Toplar strictly uses Arabica beans and their coffee is ultra finely grounded. Their secret according to them is slow roasting under wood fire. That’s it, no magic ingredient. There’s also their highly recommended double roasted Turkish coffee, which has a cult following.
Nuri Toplar has also set up shop in the Eminönü district of İstanbul, less than a minute walk from Mehmet Efendi’s shop.
Nuri Toplar is not so well known in Turkey, let alone globally. Only real Turkish coffee enthusiasts know about this wood fire roasted gem and they would definitely list Nuri Toplar as one of the best Turkish coffee brands.
Özerlat Mozaik Coffee
Founded on the island of Cyprus in 1917 by Dervis ‘Tahmis’ Özerlat, this family run business has been going on for almost a century now. Being the first person to introduce Turkish coffee to the island is how he earned the nickname ‘tahmis’ meaning ‘coffee roaster’, in Greek.
Özerlat is sticking to their traditional methods of roasting and grounding 100% Arabica beans and has recently launched in the UK. Their packaging certainly reflects the quality of their coffee. Ozerlat is definitely one of the best turkish coffee brands we’ve come across.
Their specialty blend Mozaik is worth trying for a whole new Turkish coffee experience, as noted on their website;
Under a luscious crema, Mozaik offers sumptuous roasted nut and red berry aromas, with a buttery smooth palate showing hazelnut, cranberry and tangy citrus notes.
Charalambous Coffee roasters in Nicosia, Cyprus.
This Greek coffee is absolutely exceptional in its rich aroma and smoothness. During the early days, the founder Mr. George Charalambous used to deliver fresh ground coffee to nearby cafes on bicycle. The oldest roaster in Cyprus, established in 1943, Charalambous made a name for itself both on the small mediterranean island and abroad, where dense populations of Turkish, Cypriot and Greek expats live.
There are many Turkish people who prefer the roast Charalambous gold offers versus Mehmet Efendi. On par with Nuri Toplar, Charalambous is much less bitter and full of aroma.
So this is the first part of our Quest for the Best Turkish Coffee Brands.
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