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The Etymology of Cezve Down to Simple Coffee

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Both the Arabic as well as Turkish coffee need a cezve to make. It is a tool that is needed in order to prepare a great cup of coffee. In general, it is a name intended for a small coffee pot. It is featured with a long handle. Over the years, the English language is unable to adopt an alternative name for the said device.

There are some people that call cezve as jezve or djezve. It is a Turkish word, ja*dh*wa(t), which means a burning log or a coal. Many people presume so as the coffee pots used to be heated with coals. On the other hand, the term cezve is also used in Russian language as [d(zh)Ezva], along with the term tyrka. In addition, the Greek word for the term is Mbriki, which is pronounced as briki. In Greek, cezve also means a ship.

There are many other names that are rooted to cezve. There are some countries that call it Ibrik, Finjan, Raqwa, and many others. However, those names always boil down to a coffee pot in English nonetheless. It is used to make a rich and aromatic cup of coffee. Popular with Turks, Armenians, Cypriots, Greeks, Bosnians, and other ethnic groups, Turkish coffee has different names and customs in the Balkans, Anatolia, the Middle East, and even North Africa.

There are some stores that have it categorized as a milk steamer. However, you need to make sure that you are able to get the one that has the narrowest opening especially for one serving. Always remember that if you choose the one with a wide opening, it can lead to a worse coffee experience. Wide opening coffee pots are unable to form the froth properly. In addition, if the volume is too big, the water will begin boiling at the bottom of the pot even before the coffee gets ready.

Greek coffee started its name soon after the pogrom against Greeks in Constantinople that happened in the year 1955. Older people who are aged more than 50 call it as "tourkikos." On the other hand, Turkish as well as Greek coffees are different from the ones that are brewed in south of Urfa. The coffee from south of Urfa have coffee beans that are less roasted, the ground beans are finer, they are also boiled lesser where you can pull it out immediately when it begins to boil, and it does not have other flavors such as cardamom and others.

Qahwah is the Arabic word for coffee. The Arabs somewhere in the 13th or 14th century were ruled by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. The sad ruling lasted until the end of World War I. The Turks are unable to properly pronounce 'q'. In fact, they have a tendency to pronounce a letter "w" as a letter "v". Therefore, instead of qahwah, it became kahveh. It is then cafИ or caffИ in different European languages. From cezve down to different terms which eventually made it to 'Coffee' in the English language.


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