Turkish Coffee Grinders
Today we are going to be looking at Turkish coffee grinders. These machines have been made for over 300 years, and are the best way to make authentic Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee is very different to what we drink in America, and is definitely something everyone should try at at some point! To start with we are going to be talking about Turkish coffee, what it is, and how you can make it. After that we will take a look at some of the recommended grinders you can currently get on the market. If you want, you can skip right onto the recommended models section over here.
What exactly is Turkish coffee, and how do you make it?
Lets talk about Turkish coffee for a minute. Many of you may have heard about Turkish coffee, or might be curious to try some after hearing about it. Turkish coffee is very different to the coffee we normally drink, as it is made with a very fine grade of coffee. Note that Turkish coffee simply refers to how it is prepared, there isn’t any kind of different coffee bean used!
There are differing ways to make Turkish coffee, but all of them follow a rather basic pattern. First, the coffee is ground up as finely as possible. This is accomplished using a Turkish coffee grinder, as pictured above. There are one or two electric grinders that produce a fine enough grade of coffee to use, and we will look at one of these a bit further down the page.
Once you have your finely ground coffee ready, put some water in your cooking pot, and leave it on a medium heat. Once the water has warmed up a little, you add your coffee. After this you can add a little sugar if you want, however do not stir the mixture until the water is warm enough to dissolve the sugar. At the point it dissolves the sugar, you need to start stirring the mixture, and after you have stirred it a few times, you should turn the heat to a low setting and allow the mixture to start foaming. Once you start to see a small ring on bubbles on the top, then you are on the right track. You should turn down the heat even more to this point – remember to not let the mixture boil as this could ruin the entire batch of coffee! Try to keep the temperature consistent, so that the foam stays on top as long as possible. To help it keep foaming, you can stir it very gently to try to encourage this. If you find the foam rising too much, then turn down the temperature and allow it to cool briefly. Some people actually suggest you do this to get the most out of the coffee flavor.
Generally, when the foam gets darker in texture, this is when you know the drink is ready. Pour the foam into each cup first, and then the liquid afterwards. You now have some delicious Turkish coffee to enjoy!
Remember to serve your coffee with fresh water first, to clear your taste buds!
What kind of grinder do I need to make this kind of coffee?
Traditionally, Turkish coffee has been made using a brass grinder, as seen at the top of the page. These have a long and interesting history, and are still made today for the purpose of making coffee. These are specially made grinders which are also used to grind peppers, and are otherwise know as pepper mills. They are adjustable, but the adjustment isn’t very noticeable, and tends to make a fine and a superfine grade of coffee or pepper. These mostly cost in the range of $50, though you should expect to pay more for a larger model. Most of them come in a 8″ or 9″ size.
These are the only way you can grind the coffee to the required size. Some modern day day electric grinders will grind coffee to the required fineness, although this is somewhat rare. This is an easier way to get your coffee, however it is quite a rare feature to see on most modern machines.
Now lets have a look at some of the more popular grinders currently for sale.
Recommended Model – Atlas Pepper Mill
First up we have the Atlas Pepper Mill. Don’t let the name fool you however, as this is also designed to make the finest grade Turkish coffee possible. This unit is entirely made out of brass, and is 8″ in size. The mill is handmade in Greece to exact standards, and has an adjustable setting for flexibility. The base is flanged for stability, and is very easy to use. This is a traditional mill, and is what most people to make their coffee. Aside from being able to crush beans with ease, the brass design also looks fantastic in any home or kitchen.
If you want a slightly different design, then you can also take a look at the Atlas Brass & Copper Pepper Mill. This is virtually the same price, and has a almost identical set of features except for the base which is slightly taller (9″), and uses a combination of copper and brass instead.
Both these mills are great choices, and are very affordable choices. These units are both handmade, and are designed to last for many years. You can see the user reviews and current price on Amazon for the Brass Mill at this link, and for the Brass/Copper mill using this link.
Recommended Model – Caspresso Infinity
If you are looking for a easier solution, then the Caspresso Infinity machine can do this for you. This is a 100watt electric grinder, that comes with 16 settings to choose from. The finest setting on this machine will create coffee that is perfect for Turkish coffee. This is one of the few electric machines that can grind coffee this finely, so it is definitely something to consider if you haven’t decided between a manual or a electric grinder yet. This machine comes in three color choices of black, brushed silver or stainless steel. With a retail price of under $100, and over 2500 5-star customer reviews on Amazon, this is probably the cheapest and most efficient electric machine that can make Turkish coffee. You can check the current price and see the many positive customer reviews on Amazon over here.