Turkish Coffee

I’m such a line eavesdropper. That’s one reason I don’t mind waiting in them. I usually opt out of the fast pass at Disneyland, because to me waiting in line is part of the ride: based on the STUFF YOU HEAR!

This post is from a series here called Coffee Vocab Tuesdays

Okay, so I went into my favorite Starbucks this morning and had a new adventure in caffeine. I joked in “Coffee Vocab pt. I” about how I usually say: “If I can’t chew it, it’s not coffee.” Well, I kid you not, the guy in front of me literally meant that when he ordered something called “Turkish Coffee.” In a 10 minute wait, I learned a new term, and got a new drink!!!

I’m such a line eavesdropper. That’s one reason I don’t mind waiting in them. I usually opt out of the fast pass at Disneyland, because to me waiting in line is part of the ride: based on the STUFF YOU HEAR! Anyway, at Starbucks, the guy was Middle-Eastern and spoke with a heavy accent. The girl didn’t seem familiar with it. Poor thing, she was really cute too. She showed wisdom when she asked a fellow barista for some help in preparing it correctly. Another came over, guided her through a series of steps which I watched in dumfounded amusement. Finally, with trepidation she gave him the strange concoction. He drank it with questioning relish and said: “That’s good, I can almost chew it!” I was in shock. It was my clever line! Yet it wasn’t clever, it was APPLICABLE!

I of course had to break with my routine order of a mild-coffee-of-the-day black with no room for cream to get a TURKISH COFFEE! Have you ever had one? If you have, you know that there is indeed a coffee drink out there in the repertoire of drinks that indeed . . . is chewable.

I need a new line now that mine is no longer outrageous . . . any suggestions? I like to make the baristas laugh. Can’t fail to please ya know?

Author: Damien Riley

Damien Riley is a blogger, film reviewer, & podcaster who writes a column at RileyCentral.blog once a week. He has an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. He married a high-desert princess (now his queen). They have 3 children.

13 thoughts on “Turkish Coffee”

  1. I had Greek coffee once..probably similar. It was soooo strong. I like coffee but I really only like the milder Folger’s or Dunkin’ Donuts variety. I don’t even care for Starbuck’s regular old coffee…

    Jessica

  2. Starbucks can make Turkish coffees? I wonder if they can in the little town beneath us. Hmmm.

    If you suck it through a straw, it’s not coffee.

  3. I like really strong coffee and expresso- so I’d most likely love turkish coffee. I didn’t know Starbucks had that on their menu- but then I don’t have many opportunies to go there much.

    Glad you posted this. Now I’ll have to check it out. Can’t wait to shake, rattle and roll! :)

  4. I have tried Turkish coffee a couple of times at a Turkish restaurant and I think the coffee grounds is the best part. If you can chew it, it must be Turkish coffee then?

  5. @M: Exactly ;) It’s pretty intense but everyone should try it at least once. I had customers when I worked at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf who swore by it. I’m pretty easy though, I’ll take a dark mild roast black every morning and I’m a happy camper.

  6. I don’t know how do you drink Turkish coffee at Starbucks but here in Turkey, we drink it in little cups and “fortune telling by reading the coffee grounds” is a popular tradition in turkish culture.

    Funny thing is i don’t think Starbucks produce turkish coffee here, they are in the business of selling other coffee products.
    .-= Kuday

  7. Turkish coffee and Greek coffee are the same. The Greeks call it Greek coffee after Turkey invaded Cyprus. I haven’t had it in a long time, but it is good, and strong, and sometimes they make it with sugar. The Greeks serve it with a slice of lemon peel. Good stuff, especially with baklava.

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