Istanbul has been the center of coffee trade between East and West for centuries. Now Istanbul has its first Turkish coffee museum where visitors can learn how to make it correctly and have the opportunity to receive a certificate.
The newspaper Hurriyet reports that the first museum of Turkish coffee opened in Istanbul on February 11 at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. The museum, opened by the Bilintur Culture Initiative (BKG), which is carrying out a number of works with Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry, is considered the “first place where Turkish coffee is cooked and served in the most prominent way” by the Turkish Coffee Culture and Research Center.
The ceremony was conducted with the participation of Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay, who said Turkish coffee had been presented at a ceremony in the Far East and that tourists showed great interest in it there. He also said coffee was very important in Turkish culture, but that no steps had been taken so far to officially reflect this.
BKG CEO Orhan Hallik said their mission was to protect Turkish coffee, which is a significant part of Turkey’s cultural heritage. “Here we will serve tourists traditional Turkish coffee. We will enable them to drink the ‘real’ Turkish coffee and experience the way it is cooked and served.”
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