This Ancient Tradition Uses Sand to Make Coffee

By Sierra Meisser — / Coffee Talk

What is Turkish Sand Coffee?

A cup of Turkish coffee is thicker and stronger than any other brewing method, and that’s because the finely ground coffee beans are not filtered out of the finished cup. Yes, when you drink Turkish coffee, you’re drinking the coffee grinds, too.

An image of Turkish Sand Coffee being brewed over a stovetop.

Traditionally, a cup of Turkish coffee is brewed using a pan filled with sand, heated over an open flame. The sand-filled pan allows for total control over the heat. Cups left on the surface stay warm and the heat used for brewing can be adjusted by the depth of the coffee in the sand.

The fine coffee grinds and water are added to a cezve, mixed, and placed in the hot sand. The sand creates an even heat, and the coffee foams to the top almost immediately. The cezve is removed and added to the sand three to four times and served in a small cup. The coffee grounds quickly settle to the bottom making for a strong, thick cup of coffee. 

While this may not be your go-to brewing method for early mornings, this brewing method is the real deal and might be the most authentic way to get a cup of Turkish coffee.



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