Turkish coffee is very finely ground coffee brewed by boiling.
It is thought that it was brought to the Ottoman Empire by travelling merchant traders and reached Britain the mid to
late 17th century. The first coffee house in Britain was opened by an Ottoman Jew in the mid-17th century.
Turkish coffee is unfiltered and is made very finely ground coffee brewed by boiling. Coffee and water, usually with
added sugar, is brought to the boil in a special pot called cezve in Turkey, although it can also be unsweetened. It is
served in small, handleless cups and usually not drunk until the grounds have settled to the bottom of the cup.
It is often said that drinking Turkish coffee is a lifestyle and is meant to be sipped rather than drunk quickly like a shot.
There is also a tradition of reading the grinds at the bottom of the cup to tell fortunes, known as tasseography.
Are there any health benefits to drinking unfiltered coffee?
While there have been many beliefs that there are significant benefits, according to the latest research, it seems that
drinking unfiltered coffee could be linked to a greater risk of disease.
This is because substances in coffee increase homocysteine levels, known to negatively impact cholesterol.
Large scale research by scientists in both Sweden and Norway tend to back up this theory.
Swedish researchers conducted a recent study which found filtered coffee to be healthier form of brewing. They
found that filtered coffee is less likely to lead to cardiovascular problems compared to coffee that is boiled or pressed.
However, there is some good news in that over the years, epidemiologists have noted a change in the relationship
between coffee consumption and mortality rates.
In 1990 the converse was true and research revealed that countries that drank more coffee had higher rates of death
from heart disease.
However, by 2018 the converse was true and a study found that countries consuming more coffee have lower
coronary mortality rates.
When newer studies adjusted for such factors as a sedentary lifestyle and tobacco consumption it was found that
coffee may offer some protection against Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, Liver disease, including liver cancer,
heart attack and stroke.
We’ll leave the last word to the USA’s Mayo clinic:
“The bottom line? Your coffee habit is probably fine and may even have some benefits. But if you have side effects
from coffee, such as heartburn, nervousness or insomnia, consider cutting back.”