Mesmerizing Turkish Coffee Culture

While doing research about Turkish Coffee Culture,

we found interesting facts that really differ from other coffee cultures around the world.

In terms of how the Turks make their coffee to what it represents to them. 

Nevertheless, we’d like to represent the Turkish Culture 

and traditions in general, including its coffee culture,

because it is rich with its traditions, customs, tea and coffee drinking rituals. Let’s dive in!

 

Interesting Facts about Turkish Coffee Culture

 

Istanbul is on two continents

 

  Ankara is actually the capital of Turkey,    not Istanbul

Ankara is the capital of Turkey

 The Turks love their tea

In spite of the country’s long history of coffee consumption,

tea is the most commonly consumed hot drink in Turkey.

In fact, it is a symbol of Turkish hospitality to offer guests a cup of tea.

Turkish people prefer to drink tea all day long, so there is never a bad time.

 

The “Evil Eye” is

the best-selling souvenir

 Throughout the ages, the evil eye has always been considered

a powerful protective symbol to conquer

and defy evil forces and negative energy.

 

Turkey is home to the Kebab

 

Santa Claus was born in Turkey

Are you surprised?

 It is believed that he was born in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey.

Social Importance of the Turkish Coffee

 Hopefully, you got to know Turkish Culture a little bit better

with these awesome fun facts.

It’s time to introduce you to Turkish Coffee

 

Turkish Coffee is also a symbol of hospitality and friendship

It’s an invitation for intimate talk and the sharing of daily concerns.

It’s very important and profound in Turkish Culture 

making it one of UNESCO’s Items of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

 

How can you make your

Turkish Coffee – kahve?

 

To do it right, the process demands careful attention.

 First, grind the beans ultra-fine.

Take your cezve

– a metal jug with a long handle, add a cup of cold water

and a teaspoon of coffee grounds for each person you’ll be sharing with. 

To give the coffee a rounded sweet taste,

you may want to add sugar at this point,

without stirring in order for the sugar to settle

and caramelize at the bottom.

Once you warm the jug slightly, whisk the ingredients together gently

with a teaspoon to combine them.

The cezve will begin to form a thick foam;

when you see this,

remove the jug from the heat

and skim the foam into a cup (traditionally a fincan 

before returning the coffee to the stove.

Your Turkish Coffee is now ready.

The coffee culture in Turkey is definitely different

than all of the other coffee cultures in the world.It’s pretty unique and you won’t find it anywhere else.

You can always try and make your own Turkish coffee

at home. 

 

 

Coffee Culture in Thailand: Kafae Boran

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Choosing Thailand as your next travel destination 

is going to be the best one you could ever make.

Thai cuisine is going to steal your heart, 

as well as its rich architectural history

and breathtaking beaches.

 

 

We are pretty sure though if you were asked to talk about Thailand,

the fact that this country is a specialty coffee producing country

wouldn’t even cross your mind.

 

 

The interesting fact is that the average age of coffee producers 

in Thailand are between the ages of 25 and 35.

Working in farming provides better prospects 

than attaining a PhD degree

and this is not something we usually see in the world today.

 

May I have a cup of Kafae Boran?

 

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Kafea boran is a traditional Thai coffee. 

It is a very strong coffee, most often made with only Robusta beans 

and served with sweetened, condensed milk.

It was developed during WW2 as an answer to the expensive coffee. 

 

At 20 baht ($0.60), it’s no wonder it has been the standard for decades.

 

Note though that the Thai cafe culture is blooming and

you can of course find a latte and an espresso on the menus now.

Locals still make Kafae boran 

but you can’t leave Thailand without trying it,

 especially if you like your coffee sweet.

 

The traditional iced coffee

 is called Oliang

 

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“O” means black and “liang” means cold.

It’s a mixture of several other ingredients next to the coffee of course.

While recipes vary, the most common additives are corn, soy beans, 

cardamom, sesame seeds and rice.

 

The good thing is you could totally make Oliang at home, 

without having to go to Thailand, although it would be well worth it.

 

Chiang Mai is known as

the Coffee Capital of Thailand

 

Chiang Mai is known as the Coffee Capital of Thailand

 

 We are going to write about coffee culture in this beautiful city

but we can’t resist and say a few other things about 

the largest city in Northern Thailand. 

 

There are beautiful temples 

that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. 

Also, one of the best things you can do 

is visit an elephant sanctuary.

These elephants were saved from the tourism industry

or purchased when they were in poor health.

 

You can spend a full or half of a day playing with them and feeding them.

While, during the night, 

you shouldn’t miss the shopping moment at the bazaars.

 

Chiang Mai Coffee

 

Did you know though, that Chiang Mai coffee

is among the best coffee in the world?

You can walk around this vibrant city literally not being able to find 

one single bad cafe serving bad coffee.

 

In case you are ever in Chiang Mai, make sure you visit 

one of the coffee plantations called Doi Chang. 

 

Doi Chang Coffee in Thailand

 

Doi Chang village is situated in the northern highlands

of Chiang Rai Province.

Over the past twenty years, 

the villagers have been cultivating excellent coffee.

 

Doi Chang was given coffee plants to start growing

on their land in place of opium, 

and due to the area’s higher elevations 

and cooler temperatures, coffee began to flourish. 

 

For years, the tribes around Doi Chang grew organic coffee, 

but they also were forced to

sell their high quality beans to third parties 

who didn’t do their coffee justice

by mixing it with lesser quality beans 

and selling it as generic coffee. 

 

 

After growing coffee for over 20 years,

the heads of Doi Chang decided to 

form their own alliance 

and sell their high quality coffee themselves, 

calling it Doi Chaang Coffee.

 

While doing the research, 

we came across this video where you can get a feeling

of what Thailand Coffee Culture 

represents and how much it means to their people.

 

From serving traditional coffee to being third in Asia 

for coffee producing Thailand has come a long way from

its very start until this age.

 

 

Known for its emphasis on organic and fair trade practices,

this region has produced some extraordinary coffee.

After reading the article, we hope that now when you think of Thailand,

you’ll also think of coffee.

 
 

 
 

 
 

What is “to procaffeinate”?

What is procaffeination?

Are you a Procaffeinator?

procaffeinate

(v.) To delay or postpone action; put off doing something until you’ve had coffee.

(Urban Dictionary definition)

 

Do you have a tendency to not start anything 

until you’ve had your first cup of coffee?

If the answer is YES, congrats! 

You are officially a Procaffeinator.

 

We are all familiar with those moments

 when we have a project or an exam to study for 

and all we do is watch Netflix. 

We have all been guilty of it. 

People are creatures of habit.

The alarm clock goes off in the morning, 

you jump out of bed and go straight to the kitchen

without doing much thinking.

You finally take that first sip and a smile appears on your face.

The aroma, the taste, 

everything is suddenly all sunshine and rainbows.

 

People all over the Internet talk about what the right time for a morning coffee is.

We can’t say that for you. 

Your time is a perfect time. 

What we agree on though is 

that we shouldn’t drink coffee on an empty stomach.

Do you procaffeinate?

 

Basically, most of us see coffee 

as the START sign for everything that we do throughout the day.

Coffee is a great stimulant that can enhance concentration. 

Besides people being creatures of habit, they also engage in rituals.

And drinking that first cup of coffee in the morning, 

feeling its warmth, smelling its aroma, is a ritual.

No wonder then why we procaffeinate.

By the way, the good news is – science is on your side!

It is proven by various studies

 that coffee consumption can enhance creativity and concentration.

It improves work morale and in-house collaboration.

Therefore, give yourself a break, take a sip of coffee,

 and let it fuel your creative thoughts.

This is why we know that having a coffee machine in the office is a must.

Let us state a few benefits of having a coffee vending machine in the workplace:

  • It boosts productivity at work
  • Better creative workflow
  • Better motivation and quality work thanks to coffee
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Welcome to the procaffeinating club!

If you are starting everything with a cup of your favorite coffee beverage,

 then you are one of us!

Welcome to the club.

What does to procaffeinate mean?

We wonder which beverage is your favorite choice for procaffeination?

We would love to read your answers down in the comment section or

get your DM on our Instagram Page.

 
 
 
 
 
 

7 Most Common Coffee Questions

7 questions about the coffee

Enjoy the ride, we are going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions related to our favorite beverage!☕

 

How much caffeine does one cup of coffee contain?









This really depends on the kind of coffee you are drinking.

So the caffeine content can vary and

rely on the size and the type as well. 

For example,

if you drink an Espresso in the average cup (8oz), it will contain around 63 mg of caffeine and

if we take Cappuccino into consideration,

it has 75 mg of caffeine on average. 

Don’t worry,

this quantity of caffeine will do no harm to your health or

keep you up all night whatsoever. 

 

How long does caffeine last in coffee?








After only 15 minutes of consuming the coffee,

you can feel its effect.

Already? I know! 

The highest percentage of caffeine in your blood will be around one hour after you finish your drink,

and it will stay at that level for several more hours. 

After about five or six hours

the caffeine content will be halved,

which creates the need to have another cup of coffee during the afternoon.

Fun Fact Alert:

If you are a smoker the sustainability of caffeine is twice less.

This means that the coffee effect lasts for only 3 hours.

 

Is coffee good for you?









Coffee enthusiasts,

you probably know that there are some pros and cons to drinking coffee.

Let’s clear some dilemmas and check the coffee effects!

The good sides of drinking coffee are that you have a lower chance of getting type 2 diabetes,

as well as reducing the probability of getting certain types of cancers.

Coffee also has a good effect on boosting your memory and

increasing cognitive functioning.

There are researches that claim that coffee decreases the risk of dementia

and prolongs life span.

What is maybe shocking for cinephiles or maybe coffee virgins,

is that coffee has a large number of nutrients, including:

  • Vitamins B2, B3, and B5

  • Magnesium

  • Various antioxidants

 
The bad sides or the cons of drinking coffee are
lack of sleep due to huge caffeine income and
the type of addiction that you developed which
may result in a certain headache.

Also, it is not recommendable to drink coffee before you eat,

because of the acids that can create stomach problems.

Overall conclusion, coffee has more pros than cons! 

Plus if you follow this advice and drink coffee in certain quantities without exaggeration,

you are good to go!

How many calories are in one cup of coffee?









Coffee is probably NOT the reason you gained weight,

but as well as caffeine depends on the type, the same goes for calories. 

Black coffee, for example,

has only one calorie per cup.

But if you add milk, sugar, cream, or even syrup

then the number of calories will increase for sure. 

If you want to keep your coffee healthier

try to switch whole milk to soy or skim milk and

instead of sugar try to use sweetener. 

As regards cream and syrups,

they are usually the ones making our coffee the most calorish.

Try to avoid them,

but using them once in a few weeks won’t do harm to your body,

treat yourself!

 

 

Can I Drink Coffee If I’m Vegan?

If you are not using milk or cream, you can!

Black coffee for e.g.,

as well as Espresso without milk or

any other coffee that is free from animal by-products.

 

 

Where does coffee come from?

Everything about the coffee origin

you can check out in our article The Myths of The Great Brownish Beans

So according to the stories,

the first coffee was discovered in the lands of Ethiopia and Yemen.

Today the most popular coffee producers are in Africa,

Asia, Indonesia, and Latin America.

Coffee beans grow at a different range of elevations,

like the countries of Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Vietnam. 

The largest coffee producers in the world are located in South America.

With 5.7 billion lbs, Brazil takes first place,

and the fellow neighbor at the third place,  Colombia with 1.7 billion. 

The first runner-up is Vietnam with 3.6 billion,

and the fourth place takes Indonesia with 1.4 billion.

 

Who drinks the most coffee in the world?

 









No dear Americans, fortunately,

or unfortunately we are not in the first place. 

Shocking!? I know!

To tell you the news…We are not even in the top 10…

Okay, okay, I am lying. Not even in the top 20!

Yup, that’s the fact.

Scandinavian countries, to be precise Finland,

is taking the crown of the world’s most consuming Coffee nation per capita.

The biggest coffee drinkers drink around 26 lbs of coffee per person each year! 

This is actually confirmed by Nordic Coffee Culture.

They found out that Finnish people drink more than ten cups of coffee per day.

Wow, amazing, right?

The first runner-up is Norway,

then Iceland,

and the third place takes Denmark. 

And my dearest U.S. citizens, we are in 26th place,

believe it or not.