Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi understood already centuries ago that coffee is the best excuse and means to enjoy each other’s company in Turkish society. Needless to say that locals prefer a nicely prepared cup of Turkish coffee over the more traditional version. Also fortune telling, by looking at the bottom of a finished cup, is most […]


Turkish coffee (Türk kahvesi) plays an important role in Turkish society. It was like that in the past, when coffeehouses were the place to meet the fellow countrymen and have a conversation about politics, religion, social and even scientific matters. But even today, almost 500 years after coffee was first introduced in Turkey, it still […]


Wine-making in Anatolia dates back 6000 years. Today, Turkey is a world leader in grape production. But the bad news ( for wine lovers of course ) is that only 5 percent of the production is used for wine making. The rest, we consume dried and fresh — I love fresh red grapes. Not surprisingly, […]