Uses for a Turkish Coffee pot


Turkish coffee pots, or cezve/ibriks, are *perfect* for melting butter to pour over air-popped popcorn. Trust me, I do this all the time. For the uninitiated, Turkish coffee is served in a similar manner to the way a shot or two of espresso is served. The grounds, however, are ground very coarsely, and are served with the drink. They fall to the bottom of the cup. After drinking the coffee it is popular practice to turn the cup upside down on the saucer and wait for it to set into a pattern, which is read as a fortune. As a child, I would watch my aunts and uncles sip their Turkish coffees and discuss the images and fortunes they saw in the readings.

I spent many summers with my Mom's family in Michigan and Texas, and sometimes our Uncle Koko would babysit us. I remember us sitting at a round table in my grandma's kitchen, my uncle sitting with me and my two cousins, blowing smoke from the cigarette dangling from his lips, and then read us our fortunes, which were usually dismal. To his credit, when we complained about our dire futures, he would immediately change them to something more appealing. 

Below are some alternative uses for the Turkish coffee pot. 

  1. Melting butter to pour over air-popped popcorn
  2. Drawing a bath for a gerbil
  3. Heating up small amounts of things for baking 
  4. A makeshift vase for tiny wildflowers
  5. Last but not least: making Turkish coffee