Armenian Coffee (Soorj)

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Make traditional Armenian Coffee (Soorj) at home using my easy step-by-step recipe. You will not be disappointed, I promise.

You can try some more coffee recipes at home: Nutella Coffee, Oreo Cold Coffee, Chocolate Cold Coffee, Iced Horchata Coffee, and Mexican Mocha.

Armenian coffee served in an espresso cup.
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About Armenian Coffee

Armenian Coffee, traditionally known as “Soorj,” is a beautifully brewed coffee with a unique crafting method that coffee connoisseurs love.

This coffee is a must in every Armenian household, and you can find many small stalls selling it on the streets of Armenia.

Some people say that this coffee is an acquired taste, but although I didn’t grow up drinking it, I loved it the first time I had a sip.

This coffee is made in a special pot known as “Jazzve” or “ibrik.” You can find it in any Middle Eastern grocery store or online portals like Amazon. Look for an Armenian or Turkish Coffee Pot.

Drink this coffee in the morning to kick start your busy day or in the evening to calm yourself after a hectic day.

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free. I used a 10 oz Jazzve, which is fit for making 2 cups of coffee, but if you want to make more cups in one go, use a bigger pot.

Armenian-style coffee is served in espresso cups, so ensure you have them.

History Of Armenian Coffee

This beverage has a long history dating back to the early 19th century.

It is believed to have originated in the Eastern regions of the Ottoman Empire, specifically in the now modern-day Armenia area.

The coffee was traditionally brewed in a small pot called a “jezve” or “ibrik” and served strong and black, often with sugar or spices added.

Coffee culture in Armenia was an important social tradition. Families gathered around the coffee pot to share news and stories.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Armenian coffee, both within the Armenian community and among coffee lovers worldwide.

Ingredients

Armenian coffee ingredients

This coffee recipe needs three ingredients: finely ground coffee, sugar, and green cardamom.

Buy the finest coffee powder to make Armenian-style coffee. You can also grind your coffee beans to a fine powder using a coffee grinder.

I like to use a mix of dark and medium roast, half and half, but you can use any roast that you like.

Sugar is optional, but you can add the quantity to your taste.

Cardamom is also optional but highly recommended as it adds a distinct flavor and aroma.

How To Make Armenian Coffee

Add 4 oz (120 ml, ½ cup) of cold water to a 10 oz (300 ml) Armenian or Turkish coffee pot.

Add the following ingredients to the pot. Don’t stir.

  • 2 heaping teaspoons of finely ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 crushed green cardamom pod

Turn your stovetop on medium heat and place your coffee pot over the heat.

Water, coffee powder, sugar and cardamom added to the coffee pot.

Note – Keep a close eye on the pot to ensure the coffee doesn’t boil. A boiled-over Armenian-style coffee is no good.

The coffee will begin to form bubbles on the edges and rise in some time. Don’t let it boil over!

Coffee is rising.

As soon as you see bubbles and coffee simmering on the sides of the pot, remove the pot from the heat quickly and wait for 6-8 seconds.

Tip – Use a kitchen cloth to hold the handle if it gets hot.

Return the pot to the stovetop and let the coffee rise again. Remove the pot again from heat.

Repeat this process one more time before completely removing it from the heat.

Repeating the process.

Gently pour the coffee into 2 espresso cups. Enjoy!

Pouring the ready Armenian coffee in an espresso cup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Armenian-style coffee different from Turkish coffee?

No. There has been a great debate about whether this coffee is Turkish or Armenian, and both countries want to claim it as their own. But at the end of the day, it is the same thing.

Pro Tips By Neha

Finely ground coffee powder is essential to making this coffee. If you can’t find it, grind your own using a coffee grinder.

The correct pronunciation of “jezve” is “yez-vay”.

Do not let the coffee boil; otherwise, you will not get the crema (foam) on top.

When you are done sipping the coffee, coffee solids will settle at the bottom of the cup. You are supposed to discard them.

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Armenian Coffee Recipe (Soorj)

Make traditional Armenian Coffee (Soorj) at home using my easy step-by-step recipe. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Equipment

  • 10 oz (300 ml )Armenian or Turkish coffee pot (jazzve)

Ingredients 

  • 4 ounces cold water (½ cup, 120 ml)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons finely ground coffee powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 pod crushed green cardamom (optional)
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Instructions 

  • Add water to the coffee pot.
  • Add coffee, sugar, and cardamom pod to the pot. Don’t stir.
  • Turn your stovetop on medium heat and place your coffee pot over the heat.
  • Note – Keep a close eye on the pot to make sure the coffee doesn’t boil over. A boiled-over Armenian style coffee is no good.
  • The coffee will begin to form bubbles on the edges and rise in some time. Don’t let it boil over!
  • As soon as you see bubbles and coffee simmering on the sides of the pot, remove the pot from the heat quickly, and wait for 6-8 seconds.
  • Tip – You can use a kitchen cloth to hold the handle if it gets hot.
  • Return the pot back to the stovetop and let the coffee rise again. Remove the pot again from heat.
  • Repeat this process one more time before completely removing it from the heat.
  • Gently pour the coffee into 2 espresso cups. Enjoy!

Video

YouTube video

Notes

I used a jazzve (300 ml, 10 oz) fit for making 2 cups of coffee but if you are looking to make more cups in one go, then use a bigger pot.
This coffee is served in espresso cups, so make sure you have them with you.
Buy the finest coffee powder to make Armenian style coffee. You can also get your choice of coffee beans and grind them to a fine powder using a coffee grinder.
I like to use a mix of dark and medium roast, half and half but you can use any roast that you like.
Do not let the coffee boil, otherwise, you will not get the crema (foam) on top.
When you are done sipping the coffee, you will find coffee solids settled at the bottom of the cup. You are supposed to discard the.

Nutrition

Calories: 8kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 0.02mg, Potassium: 0.04mg, Sugar: 2g, Calcium: 0.02mg
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