How to Make Turkish Coffee Without an Ibrik

I agree with most people who say that an Ibrik makes the perfect Turkish coffee. But even without it, you can still make yourself a tasty cup of Turkish coffee, hot or cold, using the equipment and ingredients at your disposal. After days of research, I have come up with the right answers on how to make Turkish coffee without an Ibrik.

Grind coffee until it is fine, put 16 ounces of clean water into a pot, add the ground coffee into the water then stir. Boil the coffee on medium heat until foam appears. Remove the coffee from the heat and wait for the foam to disappear before you repeat the heating process again. Serve your Turkish coffee.

Before I take you through a detailed process of making Turkish coffee without an Ibrik, let’s talk about some of the important things you should put in mind.

What Is an Ibrik?

The Turkish word Ibrik, which has Arabic/Persian descent refers to an ewer or pitcher, often used to mean a Turkish coffee pot. The pot is also known as cezve. Almost every family in Turkey has an Ibrik.

How to Make Turkish Coffee With an Ibrik

Follow these steps to make yourself a tasty cup of Turkish coffee using a cezve:

  1. Using a coffee maker with a grinder or just a coffee grinder, grind your coffee beans until they are very fine. Remember that Turkish coffee contains flour-like consistency, which makes it hard to achieve the finest grind. Nonetheless, with the right coffee grinder such as OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, you can make the coffee grounds fine.
  2. Put about 16 ounces of clean water into a small pot or saucepan. This amount of water makes two cups of Turkish coffee.
  3. Add the ground coffee to the water in the pot/saucepan and stir. It is good to add 2 tablespoons of ground Turkish coffee, although, some people add 3 tablespoons. Because of the coffee’s strength, it is prudent to start with 2 tablespoons.
  4. Start to boil your coffee over medium heat but be careful not to heat it to boiling point.
  5. Continue heating the coffee until foam appears.
  6. Remove the coffee from the heat and let it settle for some time until the foam recedes.
  7. Repeat the heating process over the same amount of heat until foam starts to form again.
  8. Remove the coffee from the heat and serve.
  9. Before you drink the coffee, you may want to wait a little bit for the coffee grounds to settle at the bottom of the cup.

How Many Boils Are Ideal For Turkish Coffee?

From the above guide on making Turkish coffee with an Ibrik, we mentioned that you should do two boils. Are the boils necessary? The more boils you make, the stronger your Turkish coffee gets. However, the only drawback with several boils is the coffee gets bitter and harsh to drink. Besides, it will evaporate and in the end, you will get a cup instead of two.

For better results, we advise you stick to two or three boils. More than three boils will make your Turkish coffee bitter and harsh, which are part of the Turkish coffee disadvantages.

Turkish Coffee Recipe Variations

As you can see, we have only told you of fine coffee grounds and water. To make Turkish coffee sweeter, some people add a few more ingredients. Some of the things you can add to make your Turkish coffee sweeter are:

Sugar – It is common to add sugar to coffee to make it sweet. However, authentic Turkish coffee is often served without sugar because the preparing process (more than one boil), makes the coffee authentic, thick, and rich. If after the second or the third boil, coffee tastes bitter, you can add a little sugar to sweeten the coffee.

Milk – traditionally, coffee is taken without sugar or milk. However, some people want to change the status quo. There is no rule on this. You are free to add milk to make your Turkish coffee even healthier and thicker.

Spice Your Turkish Coffee Even Further

To give Turkish coffee an extra kick, some people add ground cardamom or cardamom seeds. When added, these two, give Turkish coffee an extremely different dimension. The coffee becomes extremely tasty and flavorful.

Do you want to make your Turkish coffee thicker and more flavorful the next time you prepare it? Add 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom or one cardamom pod to the coffee before you start to boil the coffee.

How To Make Turkish Coffee Without An Ibrik

After that definitive guide on how to make Turkish coffee with an Ibrik and the various ways to spice it up, it is time to shift the gear. Now, we want to learn the simplest way of preparing Turkish coffee without an Ibrik.


To make Turkish coffee without an Ibrik, you will need the following:

  • A wooden spoon.
  • Small pot/saucepan.
  • 2 espresso cups/coffee mugs.
  • Coffee grinder (we recommend OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder), which produces fine grinds.


  • 16 ounces of clean water.
  • 4 tablespoons of finely-ground coffee beans.


  1. Take your 4 tablespoons of coffee and grind it on the finest setting. It might be hard to attain the finest grind because traditionally, Turkish coffee features flour-like consistency.
  2. Put the water into a small pot or a saucepan.
  3. Pour the ground coffee into the water and stir.
  4. Put the saucepan/pot on your cooker, which you should set at medium heat.
  5. Watch over the coffee in the pot/saucepan to see if the coffee creates foam.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat the moment you see the foam.
  7. Let the coffee rest for some time until the foam disappears.
  8. Once the foam disappears, repeat the heating process again but do not adjust the heat.
  9. Serve your Turkish coffee in espresso cups or coffee mugs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Final Thoughts

If you thought that it is impossible to make Turkish coffee without an Ibrik, then you have seen that you were wrong. It is possible! Besides, you can make the coffee tastier, flavorful, and healthier by adding a little sugar, milk, and cardamom seeds. Yes, even without an Ibrik or cezve, it is possible to enjoy authentic Turkish coffee with your friends.