Turkish Coffee Cups for the Best Serving Occasions
The Turkish coffee cups (demitasse) are the proper tableware for serving Turkish Style Coffee. Since it is a strong coffee it is not offered in full regular coffee cups.
Turkish coffee cups are unique coffee utensils. They play a significant part in the presentation and serving of the coffee. There are different criteria to consider when choosing to buy them.
- The material (ceramic, porcelain etc.) used to manufacture them.
- The purpose (daily or special occasions) needed to use them.
- The designing theme (if any) preferred to show.
TURKISH COFFEE CUPS HISTORY
In the early stages of the drinking history of Turkish coffee the hot caffeine liquid was served in metal cans, clay pottery, glass, and or wood cups. Around 1850 porcelain and bone china replaced the old materials used. The potters started producing demitasse cups in different forms and handmade designs.
Turkish coffee cups were introduced to the public around 1800 in France. They usually hold 60-70 ml (2-3 fl. oz.) of liquid. They have a height of 5-6 cm (2-2.5 in.). Their accompanied saucers have a diameter of 10-12 cm (4-4.5 in.). Some of them can be found as “singles” (cup & saucer) or as a set (usually 6 cups & saucers).
In the beginning, Turkish coffee cups appeared without handles. They were put on footed metal holders. These holders exist even today. Some of them are considered as art pieces. A Turkish coffee cup holder could be made of nickel-plated copper, tinned copper, silver or gold with exclusive motifs. Very popular during Ottoman times it is nowadays used for serving “special persons”.
TURKISH COFFEE CUPS CLEANING TIPS
- Wash the Turkish coffee cups by hand, using neutral-aroma detergents (best without any scent) and warm water. Then rinse them with a lot of cold water.
- Dry the Turkish coffee cups either by letting them upside down on a towel or by rubbing them with a paper towel or very soft cotton cloth.
- DO NOT place Turkish coffee cups in a dishwasher. There is a possibility to ruin the existing designs or for the plain ones to diminish their sparkling appearance.