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guide to making the best armenian coffee

SAKI Team January 25, 2024
Guide to Making the Best Armenian Coffee

Summary: Armenian coffee, a cherished tradition steeped in rich history, is more than just a beverage; it's an experience. Here, we'll delve into the heart of this cultural gem, guiding you through the secrets of making the best Armenian coffee. Plus, we'll introduce you to a modern electric coffee maker for this journey: the Saki Electric Turkish Coffee Maker.

The Essence of Armenian Coffee

Before we get into the "how," let's take a quick stroll down memory lane. Armenian coffee, also known as 'Soorj' in Armenian, is similar to Greek and Turkish coffee in its preparation and intensity. It's a cultural staple, not just a beverage but an invitation to gather, chat, and take a pause from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Understanding the Basics

Armenian coffee uses Arabica beans, often freshly roasted and ground to a fine powder using coffee grinders. The water to coffee ratio is critical. Typically, it's one heaped teaspoon of coffee to one cup of cold water.

  • Coffee Beans: Typically, Armenian coffee uses Arabica beans, finely ground to a powdery texture.
  • Water to Coffee Ratio: The key to perfect balance in flavor and strength.
  • Sugar Level: Traditionally, you can have it unsweetened, medium-sweet, or sweet.

The Brewing Process

Making Armenian coffee traditionally involves a "Jazve," a brass or copper pot with a long handle. In this method, finely ground Arabica beans are mixed with water and sugar, then slowly heated. The key is to carefully watch the coffee, ensuring it doesn't boil over, for that perfect foam and rich flavor.

In contrast, the modern approach uses the electric Turkish coffee maker. This device simplifies the process and providing consistent heat. It's ideal for those seeking the traditional Armenian coffee taste with the convenience of modern technology.

Step-by-Step Guide for Best Armenian Coffee

  1. Measure Your Coffee and Water: For a traditional cup of coffee, use the standard ratio of coffee to cold water. For the SAKI Electric Turkish Coffee Maker, follow the device's guidelines for quantities.
  2. Mixing Ingredients: Combine one heaped teaspoon of finely ground Armenian coffee with one cup of cold water in a cezve or the SAKI Electric Turkish Coffee Machine. If you like it sweet, now’s the time to add sugar – though, purists might prefer it unsweetened, letting the coffee's natural flavors shine.
  3. Stir it Up: Give your coffee and sugar (if you're using it) a good stir until it's all well combined with the cold water.
  4. Heating Process: On a stove, heat the cezve over low heat, watching for the foam to rise. In the Saki Maker, just set it to brew.
  5. The Frothy Finish: The beauty of Armenian coffee lies in its rich froth – a sign of a well-made cup of coffee. Whether in a cezve or the  SAKI Electric Turkish Coffee Machine, look for the signature foam. This indicates the coffee is nearly ready.
  6. Pour and Ponder: Once done, pour the coffee into a small, traditional cup, letting the grounds settle at the bottom. Savor the moment as the coffee’s robust aroma fills the air.

Tips for the Perfect Cup

To elevate your Armenian coffee experience, consider these tips:

  • Stirring Technique: Minimal stirring is recommended. Stir once when the coffee is cold and avoid disturbing it as it heats.
  • Watch the Foam: The key to perfect Armenian coffee is the foam. Remove from heat just as the coffee begins to rise to prevent boiling over.
  • Serving Tradition: Serve in small cups, and remember, the grounds are not meant to be drunk!


Embracing the culture of making Armenian coffee offers a delightful beverage with a rich cultural tradition. Modern coffee machines like the SAKI Electric Turkish Coffee Maker, this experience becomes accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Dive into this exquisite tradition and discover why Armenian coffee holds a special place in the hearts of many.

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Common Questions & Answers

Q: What exactly is Armenian coffee?

A: Armenian coffee is a style of brewing similar to Turkish and Greek coffee. This coffee has finely ground coffee beans, strong flavor and thick froth on top.

Q: Can I use any coffee grounds to make Armenian coffee?

A: For authentic Armenian coffee, you should use coffee that's ground to a fine powder. This is different from the coarser grounds you might use in a drip or French press. The fine grind is what creates the signature texture and strong taste. If you can't find Armenian coffee, you can also use Turkish coffee grounds, which are ground to the same fineness.

Q: Do I need a special pot to make Armenian coffee?

A: People traditionally make Armenian coffee in a 'Jazve,' which is a small, long-handled pot. But, if you don't have one, that's where our handy electric Turkish coffee maker comes in! The electric coffee machine mimics the traditional coffee-making process with a special design. So you get that authentic taste without needing special equipment.

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