Istanbul has a long association with coffee. It is said that the drink was introduced to the region in the mid-16th century, and many visitors to Istanbul are familiar with traditional Turkish coffee, a strong concoction served in small cups often by street vendors. A new wave of coffee shops is now emerging, with enthusiasts from Turkey and beyond selecting excellent quality beans and introducing state-of-the-art roasting techniques.
What began as a small café in a quiet street in Beyoğlu has quickly gained a citywide fan base thanks to its meticulous and innovative approach to coffee. Kronotrop, a coffee bar and roastery, trials state-of-the-art roasting techniques and sources small batches of beans from across the globe. Be sure to try Kronotrop’s take on the traditional Turkish coffee, which has delicious berry and dark chocolate flavours. For those who want to delve deeper, Kronotrop organises coffee workshops so that the keenest caffeine drinkers can indulge their passion.
Kronotrop, Alemdar Mahallesi, Profesör Kazım İsmail Gürkan Caddesi, Hadım Hasan Paşa Medresesi 15, Sultanahmet, +90 (0)212 924 1275
Cup Of Joy
Struggling to find the coffee that they wanted in Istanbul, the people behind Cup of Joy travelled to various cities, including Prague and London, to find out how to make the perfect cup. The first branch has opened in Bebek; on a typical day, eight types of single-origin beans will be on offer and these change on a regular basis. Believing that there’s always more to learn, the café’s owners continue to develop and experiment with their coffee- making techniques.
Cup of Joy, Yasemin Pasaji, Cevdetpasa Caddesi 53-55, Bebek, +90 (0)212 263 0006
Ministry Of Coffee
Founded by Australian coffee roasters, Ministry of Coffee has brought 20 years of coffee-roasting expertise to Istanbul. As well as roasting coffee for its own chicly decorated café in Nişantaşı, the company supplies coffee shops across the city and claims to have been the first to introduce cold-brewed coffee to Turkey. Alongside the extensive varieties of coffee, snacks are also available including chocolate croissants, Spanish omelettes and, as a tribute to the company’s Australian heritage, toast with cheese and Vegemite. The in-store micro-roastery and barista-training facilities prove that Ministry of Coffee is serious about this drink.
Ministry of Coffee, Şakayık Sokak 4A, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 234 4465
Petra Roasting Co
Founded in 2013, Petra Roasting Co is known among local coffee lovers for its exacting standards. High-quality Arabica beans are used, including some that are organically certified, and the company takes great care to ensure that the coffee’s natural aroma and flavour are preserved during the roasting process. As well as supplying coffee to some of the city’s most respected cafés and restaurants, Petra Roasting Co has a kiosk in Kanyon mall, which is open seven days a week. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up during your shopping trip, order an Ichor, one of the sweeter espresso blends which is described as a ‘Snickers bar in a cup’ because of its notes of caramel and chocolate.
Petra Roasting Co, Kanyon AVM, Levent, +90 (0)212 356 1053