Coffee lovers converged on the Turkish capital Ankara on Sept. 28 for a good cup of brew.
The Ankara coffee festival, now in its third year, brings together the leading brands and tastes of the third-generation coffee trend, professional baristas from the region, design products, live music performances and seminars and workshops.
“Coffee means for me a friendship on sleepless nights while I’m studying,” said Pelin, a student who attended the first day of the festival.
Hülya Aktağ, a lifestyle blogger, said coffee for her means addiction, happiness and something that helps her calm down.
“If I don’t drink one or two Turkish coffees per day, I get a headache,” she added.
“It’s especially nice to have a cup of coffee before you go to classes, and the chats which come along with it are also very nice,” said Ege Polat, a law student.
With different beans from regions across the world, coffee is not only a drink but also an international taste experience.
“I feel like the soil of different countries across the world comes to me when I’m drinking coffee,” said Gamze, another student.
Increasing demand in Turkey
He said Kafeingo operates as an online platform with nearly 15,000 subscribers and is now in its fourth year.
Noting that some beans are directly traded from local farmers abroad, Cilsal said the platform offers beans from a variety of countries such as El Salvador, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Colombia.
While demand for coffee has risen over the years, the barista preparing it plays a large role in how it tastes.
Baristas not only serve coffee but pour their passion into the process of preparing it.
The serving of coffee from the hands of a barista often looks like an art show, which is why coffee lovers often prefer not only their favorite shops for a good coffee but also their favorite baristas.
“It‘s not just coffee. It‘s an experience, and having it specially chosen for your taste and the mood you are in at the moment, from a variety of beans grounded and hand-brewed by someone who puts just enough amount of love, passion and effort into it makes it even more special. It makes it automatically taste better, if you ask me,” she said.
“Good coffee can have enough impact to make your day slightly better,” she added.
Erdem Aksoy, co-founder of Tetra N Coffee Shop, said coffee festivals are important for introducing small businesses to people.
“Coffee festivals are very important for third-generation coffee shops like us who want to showcase themselves,” he said.
The three-day festival — organized by Dream Sales Machine — kicked off on Sept. 28.
The festival, which features 90 brands, is being held at Bilkent Station shopping mall.