Food & Beverage

Oct 1, 2015

A class of its own

Coffee has been embedded into the Turkish culture for a long time and became one of the country's symbols troughout the centuries. Today Turkish Coffee is a drink and a brand, known across the world.

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Turkish Coffee is made from high quality Arabica coffee beans from Central America and Brazil that are blended and carefully roasted, then very finely ground, and prepared in a "cezve" or "güğüm" - the typical copper vessel- using the technique invented by the Turks.
The coffee is served in small cups and must be left to stand for a short time after serving to allow the grounds to settle at the bottom of the cup.

Coffee was introduced in Istambul in 1543 by Özdemir Pasha, the Ottoman Governor of Yemen, who had grown to love the drink while stationed in that country. Later, the Turks introduced coffee into Europe where for many years it was prepared and consumed asTurkish Coffee. 

Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi

Since 1871, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi has approached coffee production as an art form, passing on the skills, knowledge, experience and intricacies of the craft from father to son and from master to apprentice.

Mehmet Efendi was born in 1857 in the Fatih region of Istanbul. He began to work in his father's shop on Tahmis Sokak, took over the family business in 1871 and began roasting raw coffee beans, grinding them in mortars and selling roasted and ready-ground Turkish Coffee to his customers. Thanks to Mehmet Efendi, coffee lovers were able to enjoy the convenience of buying ready roasted and ground coffee, and he soon became known as "Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi", or Mehmet Efendi, vendor of roasted and ground coffee.

After Mehmet Efendi's death in 1931, the family business passed to his three sons: Hasan Selahattin Bey, Hulusi Bey and Ahmet Rıza Bey.  The eldest son Hasan Selahattin recognized the importance of the international market and went active abroad. Thus, Turkish Coffee began to be promoted abroad as well as in the domestic market. In line with the technological developments of the time, his brother Hulusi Bey introduced mass production.

The Art Déco building of the company, on the site of the original shop on Tahmis Sokak, remains the company's headquarters to this day, as well as the logo, designed in 1932 by İhap Hulusi Bey, one of the leading graphic designers of the period.

Today Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi is run by Mehmet Efendi's grandchildren who took over the company after the death of Ahmet Rıza Kurukahveci. After nearly a century, Mehmet Efendi's mortars were replaced by the latest coffee machinery. What began as a small family business on Tahmis Street in 1871 has now grown into a global brand.

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