My coffee journey began as a young boy introduced to home espresso by my father and Turkish Coffee (Cezve/Ibrik coffee) by my mother. When I was young they would buy freshly roasted beans and grind them at home, each had their favorite roaster and they used different grinding methods. As times changed this fell out of common practice in Turkey as well as in the Middle East and Eastern Europe where pre ground ready coffee became the norm. The tastes of bitterness and over extraction that most people associate with Turkish coffee are a result of the use of inferior quality pre ground coffee and flawed brew techniques. Through this website I hope to introduce people to how wonderful Specialty Turkish Coffee can be.
Although specialty coffee has revived a variety of classic brew methods, from the vacuum pot to the Chemex, Turkish coffee has been largely overlooked. In fact, some coffee experts have gone so far as to say that it is impossible to brew a proper cup of Turkish coffee.
Part TED talk, part ‘Best in Show’, the Cezve/Ibrik Championship is an annual coffee conference that draws competitors from around the globe to Istanbul
Cezve/Ibrik is used in many countries. Improving the quality of this method and the coffee used would improve the foundation of specialty coffee as a whole.
Dateline: Istanbul, where just last week the incomparable Turgay Yildizli was crowned as your new 2014 World Cezve Ibrik Champion! Mr. Yildizli placed first out of nine countries total, in a competition that matched competitors from around the world in a display of mastery over the “Turkish coffee” Cezve / Ibrik brewing style.
… But for now, let us celebrate the fifth annual Cezve/Ibrik Championship, which took place last month in Istanbul, Turkey. The event featured nine finalists, each representing a different country. Similarly, the coffees used varied from origins and roasteries throughout the world, including some well-known North American and European specialty roasters.
One of the more fascinating individual competitions in the World Coffee Events portfolio is the Cezve / Ibrik Championship. We do, in fact, mean “Turkish coffee” when we’re talking about the Cezve / Ibrik, although this term is much more common in North America, and refers to the historic popularity of this method of coffee in 17th century Istanbul.