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  • Istanbul: Half-Day Turkish Coffee Tasting and Tour

    1. Istanbul: Half-Day Turkish Coffee Tasting and Tour

    Discover the secrets to the national drink of Turkey, on a half-day coffee tasting tour and lesson in Istanbul. Your coffee adventure begins at a museum with exhibits dedicated to the history of Turkish coffee. Learn why it became Turkey’s national drink after the Ottomans brought the 1st beans from Egypt in 1519. Hear about the 1st coffee shops that opened in the Eminönü district just a few years later, and the prohibiton decrees set by some of the Ottoman sultans. Next, learn how to make the perfect Turkish coffee in an historic coffee shop. Follow the “Coffee Route” of the city center, going down tiny streets to interesting old bazaars and storage buildings. Pop into some of the most historic coffee shops en route to get your caffeine fix.

    I had a great time on this coffee tour of Istanbul. My guide, Tuncer, was fantastic. He not only explained the history of coffee in Istanbul, but also he was a great conversationalist. We easily passed the time talking about Turkish culture, art, and history. Of course, he guided me towards three great coffee shops in the city, and he showed me a few places to buy fresh-roasted coffee beans for use at home, yet it was his kind, friendly, professional nature that was the real highlight. I would highly recommend this adventure in Istanbul.

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Fun evening with good food and excellent entertainment.