Anyone who knows me well knows of my love for coffee…especially good coffee. My husband and I were just casually looking around for things to do over the weekend and when the Istanbul Coffee Festival came under our radar, it was a no-brainer.
The Istanbul Coffee Festival, otherwise known as paradise, is an annual event that brings together all things coffee. There were TONS of local coffee shop owners, as well as several international coffee brands. There were also many workshops, snack vendors, and fun activities at the event. Obviously, the best part was the coffee. I did my best to visit every stand to taste what they had to offer, determined to find a few favorites to take home with me.
It can be hard to escape the usual Turkish coffee in Turkey, but Istanbul has a fairly vibrant coffee culture if you’re willing to seek it out. There were several great vendors who were offering fabulous filtered coffee, from pour-over to drip to cold brew. You name it, they had it!
After four hours of non-stop complimentary coffee samples, I don’t even want to talk about how caffeinated I was. If not for the lingering cold, I doubt I even would have slept. It was totally worth it though, because not only did we get to drink amazing coffee all day, but we also discovered plenty of new coffee hangouts in Istanbul for future weekends.
We left with some pretty good loot. We got some delicious new coffee beans, some tasty granola, and a new coffee grinder (so we don’t have to rely on our food processor all the time.) We also got some cool t-shirts and a tote bag.
Pretty much all of the coffee we had was good, but my personal favorite was Deal. Their Burundi beans were fabulous and you can order them online, so if you’re looking for some great filtered coffee in Turkey, check it out!
I’m feeling much more prepared for the colder days ahead. I will definitely be back at the festival next year!