Ibrik Cezve - Turkish Coffee Maker
An Ibrik or Cezve is a Turkish coffee maker (pot) designed specifically to make Turkish coffee. In Greece the ibrik is know as briki. Turkish coffee is also known as Greek coffee, and has a lot of similarities with Arabic coffee. The main principle of Turkish coffee making is bringing to boil a mixture of extra fine ground coffee, water and sugar.
Ibrik - Cezve Types
Except for the modern stainless steel coffee pots, there are two different kinds of traditional ibriks. The copper tin lined Turkish coffee ibriks and the brass tin lined ibriks. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. There are people swearing that copper is better and other people swearing that brass ibriks are much better!!! Tin lining is used for each type, for health purposes. This special lining makes the coffee pots safe for your health. Brass ibrik pots are considered even safer than copper ibrik pots.
The Copper IBrik Turkish Coffee Pots
The copper ibriks have the disadvantage that they loose their beautiful shiny appearance much quicker than the brass ones. Their advantage is that copper is more heat conductive which facilitates the brewing process considerably. Nevertheless a purist will tell you that it's best to brew Turkish coffee slowly in a suitably sized cezve.
Turkish Coffee Pots
The Brass Ibrik Turkish Coffee Pots
The brass ibrik pots are generally more resilient and tough. They preserve their shiny appearance for longer time. For many people these ibriks produce a better final result in the cup, and they are also better for your health. The disadvantage of a brass ibrik is that it heats slower than copper. This makes it a poor choice for professional use but a very good choice for home use.
2 Brass Ibriks
Traditional Turkish coffee pots feature long wooden or metal handles. These handles sometimes have decorative patterns to make them more beautiful, and more valuable as collectible items. Decorative patterns on the main coffee pot can also be found in some higher priced ibriks (see picture below).
Turkish Coffee Maker
Brass Ibrik Handle
About the Author
Karolos Tsiligirian is the Founder of FreshCoffeeShop.com, an online coffee store that specializes in Turkish coffee and Arabic coffee products and accessories.
Published: October 2007, Last Modified: September 2011