It brings Turkish Cypriots together and it is the heart of every event of a Cypriot family. Turkish women gather in their houses while the men gather in a local coffee shop for a morning gossip and Turkish coffee. The Turkish coffee is symbol when a Turkish family asks for a girl to be married to their son. Turkish coffee is offered before the parents of the groom ask for the bride for the hand marriage from her parents. The bride shows there coffee making skills while the groom has to drink the coffee with pepper or salt inside the coffee to show he wants to marry the girl.
Moreover it is used in events such as barbecue party after the barbecue the coffee is cooked on coal with olive tree brunches on the coal to bring out the bad eye. On the overhand the Turkish women enjoy looking at the coffee residue left in the cups to read the future of each other. The Turkish coffee can be ‘sade’ (no sugar), orta (half of 1 tbp spoon of sugar) and sekerli (1 tbp spoon of sugar).
How to make Turkish coffee:
Step 1: You get a ‘cezve’ known as sieve.
Step 2: You will add Turkish coffee to it. You add one spoon of coffee per person into the sieve.
Step 3: You then add water. The measurement is one cup of water measured by the Turkish coffee cup per person.
Step 4: If anyone wants it with sugar you add the sugar (You could make it separately or add the sugar at the end once you cook the coffee and pour the sade coffee into a Turkish coffee cup.
Step 5: While you are cooking you need to mix the coffee. The coffee is ready when it rises up.
Turkish coffee can be enjoyed with Turkish delight or chocolate. It is served in traditional way with a glass of water next to it, and the host’s choice of small sweet.