Though it can be found being sipped in abundance in offices and homes all over Georgia, Adjara has become something of a hub of fame for the thick ridiculously sweet Turkish coffee.
You’ll find it on practically every street corner, its heady, warm and inviting aroma floating down many a street in Batumi, but here are our top 3 favourite cafes to get a taste of Batumi on caffeine:
RUSUDAN PETVIASHVILI ART CAFE-GALLERY (7 Gamsakhurdia Str., Batumi)
PIER BATUMI (Batumi Boulevard)
PRIVET IZ BATUMA (39 M. Abashidze Str., Batumi)
OR TRY MAKING IT YOURSELF:
It requires a special coffee pot- either plastic stand-alone (like a mini electric kettle) or a small metal pot for the stove-, a spoon, sugar and coffee that has been ground to a fine powder.
1. Measure the exact amount of cold water you need.
2. Place your pot of water on the stove and heat it to medium-high. The water must not boil.
3. Add about 1 tablespoon of fresh powdered coffee per demitasse cup and then add sugar to taste. Do not stir- let the coffee float on the surface until the water has warmed up.
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4. When the coffee starts to sink and the
water is warm enough to dissolve the sugar, stir it and then turn down the heat. Stir until the mixture starts to foam.
6. When you see bubbles forming on the surface, turn down the heat again or take the pot off the heat.
7. Stir gently. DO NOT LET IT BOIL as the mixture must be frothy- the more froth, the better it will taste! If the coffee gets too hot and begins to rise, take it off the heat or turn the heat down. Repeat this process of heating and cooling twice.
8. Pour into your cup quickly for the foam and slowly for the thick coffee underneath.
9. Cleanse your palette with a drink of water (at which time the loose grinds will sink to the bottom of your cup), then sip away and enjoy a real taste of Adjara!
Why not try... Sand Coffee?
Sand coffee is essentially the same as the Turkish Coffee described on this page, except it’s prepared more slowly by nestling the coffee pot a few inches into a bed of heated sand. The slower prepara- tion makes Sand Coffee smoother and more flavorful. Try it.