Museum serves up Anatolian coffee culture : Visitors can now go on a journey through the history of coffee at Turkey’s first museum dedicated to the caffeinated drink. The museum in northern Turkey’s Safranbolu, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, was opened by three coffee masters, who want to keep Anatolia’s 500-year-old coffee culture alive.
Naim Koca and Atilla Narin, the authors of “Anadolu’nun Kayıp Kahveleri” (The Lost Coffees of Anatolia), and Semih Yıldırım, the inventor of the coffee made with saffron, the most expensive plant in the world, have revealed the almost forgotten coffee culture thanks to their experience and knowledge.
They opened the Turkish Coffee Museum in Safranbolu, the historical area called as “The Capital of Preservation,” using the materials they obtained by exploring the coffee culture and history.
The museum highlights different variations of Anatolian coffees, prepared and presented in various methods. The shed light on the history of coffee using century-old coffeepots, cups, coffee grinders, coffee roasters, scales, wooden spoons, water jars and sugar bowls.
The museum leads the visitors to a pleasurable journey amidst coffee scents by serving approximately 40 different coffee types, including Burçak, Zingarella, Tarz-ı Hususi, Mirra, Nohut, Cilveli, Şehzade, Hilve, and Dibek.