The memory of a single cup of coffee lasts forty years! This Turkish expression reveals the significance of coffee in Turkish culture. Coffee was first introduced to the world by the Turks. The first coffee beans of the Ottoman capital were brought to Istanbul by Ozdemir Pasha, governor of Yemen during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. Since then the Tahtakale quarter near Golden Horn is intoxicated by the haunting smell of freshly roasted coffee. After mid 1500's Istanbul became the hub of coffee culture, where Turkish coffee was served in delicate coffee cups following a refined ritual of roasting and grinding.
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