What I’ve Got: Turkish Coffee Pots


I was just at Algier’s coffeeshop in the Square (not having realized that it was back open after being shut for a while!), and ordered some Turkish coffee to deviate a bit from my obsession with espresso. I was amused that it was served in a small pot with an interesting design, along with a small cup which was the size of an espresso shot. This pot had about three full pours of the coffee.

Even just from an initial look at this spot, I knew that this had an interesting functional purpose (designed in such a way that I’d never really seen a coffee pot designed), as well as aesthetic, of course. It turns out that, for one, these coffeepots that are typically used to serve Turkish or Arabic coffee are made of copper because it’s considered the best conductor of heat, so it requires very little heat to heat the coffee. And, copper is supposed to last for years without requiring much tending to.

From a design perspective, I find it was interesting that you can’t drink right out of the coffee cup and instead have to pour it out into a smaller, more “traditional” drinking vessel. The positioning of the handle is also strange, protruding out at a 45 degree angle. But it does look “vintage” and has a nice feel to it, so I really enjoyed my experience drinking this Turkish coffee! 

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