Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi Eminönü
Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi Eminönü. The name is nearly synonymous with Turkish coffee. This Eminönü shop-cum-institution is not only world famous but has become a kind of pilgrimage for coffee lovers worldwide. This coffee roaster was founded in 1871 by Mehmet Efendi and has since been passed down from one generation to another.
While its reputation as one of the oldest coffee makers precedes it, the taste of the coffee does not leave much to be desired. The quality, too, of the coffee is extremely good. For most restaurateurs and households, you can be sure that when sipping your Turkish coffee, you are sipping the alchemy that is the result of Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. It is hard to miss in the Eminönü market; you will surely find it, but from the long line of patient customers, rather your nose will probably find it before you do. It is most definitely a heavenly smell. While we, as most do, highly recommend their Turkish grind coffee, Mehmet Efendi has since expanded their products to include filter, espresso and moka pot roasts as well as ground cocoa.
Not only has the Arabica taste grown in popularity but the Mehmet Efendi design has also become iconic. Look out for the distinctive tribal design and copper-colored packaging of the product, which is sold worldwide. This branch was and still is the headquarters of the company, on the site of the original shop. Matching the geometric aesthetics of the logo is the roaster's original and current building in Eminönü; an Art Deco structure designed by architect Zühtü Başar early in the 20th century.
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