A great deal of importance is given to coffee-making. Sometimes the task falls to the only member of the household who possesses the right touch. Brazilian coffee beans are the favourite, passed through the grinder two or three times to achieve the correct fineness of powder. The coffee is measured by the spoon, 1 teaspoon per person; the water by the tiny cylindrical cup, 1 cup per person. It is made in a cezve, a long-handled, tin-lined brass pot which differs in size depending on the number of cups to be catered for. The choice of how you have your coffee ranges from sade, no sugar, az şekerli, slightly sweet, and orta şekerli, medium-sweet, to tatlı, sweet — all must be served with froth on top. In some parts of Anatolia cardamom seeds are crushed into the ground coffee to enhance the taste.
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