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mel harjono

oh my. i am so envious as i can't seem to find a decent coffee shop in Makassar...

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Great post.
Making me miss coffee even more.
"Old coffee" made here in Thailand in a 'sock' filter from Chiang Mai coffee beans is great, but not available here where I'm staying right now.
In the Middle East it was just great. Coffee, mint tea. Repeat daily.
Thanks for sharing and making me miss my caffeine fix :-)


Great post. thank you

I have been to your site several times now, and this time I am adding it to my bookmarks.

Keep it up with the great work.


thank you for all the posts, i am a convert of your blog. i cannot get enough reading and re reading of all your posts. kudos to you and Dave. through this site my love, passion for food is strengthened and gives me inspiration to pursue my long standing love affair with food. but with your blogs/posts i can reach through reading, places i never heard of and food that is really awesome and looks too appetizing with excellent photos incorporated. keep up the good work, and looking forward to a lot of blogs to read...


that last bev is almost like a cereal...is it only drunk at bfast?

I must say that while I like the variation in the way coffee is consumed, I'm not a great fan of the grounds in the drink ways of that part of the world (Greece also),and def must be had with sugar, don't you think.

Just finally, out of interest, are these coffee shops in Mardin (and Turkey in general) largely the domain of men?


Mel - yes we had the same problem. Strange, given that there are so many great places to have a good strong cup of coffee just 9 hrs away in Toraja. We found an OK place in Makassar's tiny Chinatown -- I'd give you the address but my notebook is in KL.

Chef -- I've posted on Thailand's kafe booran before. Seems it's harder and harder to find a good, authentic cup though. We had good luck with a few Chs-Thai-run stalls in Klong Toey.

Thanks Steve and Sophie, glad you're enjoying.

Sticky, I think menengic is any any-time-of-the-day bev. I agree re: the grounds, though I have honed my drinking skills to the point where I can get maximum liquid w/minimum grounds.
As to your last question -- I'm working on a longish post on that very topic! (Great minds think alike?)

Migration Mark

That mırra sounds like it would give a serious boost. After boiling for an hour, surely all of the caffeinated goodness is extracted. I could definitely use a double dosage these days during the World Cup!


About that 'last question' - I did wonder why you always seemed to be finding men to talk to in the streets :-) - and in some of Dave's photos too - Male Turks seem to be enjoy each other's company and look after each other quite a bit here and there too. Though it might be more than what it looks I guess.

I was going to ask you has Yusuf introduced you and Dave to his wife (if she exists)which would be the common thing to do in the West, but thought that would be rude!!


Hi Katy - ask away, no questions out of bounds here! Eastern Turkey is conservative. But as a foreign woman, and an 'older' and obviously married woman at that, I am able to cross boundaries. Some local men are more comfortable with it than others. More on that in the post.
We did meet Yusuf's wife, very briefly as she was on her way back up to their apartment (we were hanging out in the shop with Yusuf and his son). She was surprised and, dare I say, a bit confused when she saw us.
It's complicated. I'll write about it. :-)


In spite of being foreign and 'older', you might find different reception without the company of Dave - ie not so 'obviously' married.

You met her but you weren't introduced to her, that's the difference.Perhaps she was thinking : "Not another two!" :-)


I do have another silly question actually (now I've been given the 'no questions out of bounds!) - in these poorer, rural regions -do they use mobile phones and home computers?

Sui Yin

menengic sounds heavenly, love the photos and write up. are you both still based in KL? .


Yum yum yum yum yum! That last drink sounds divine, I really want to try it.


Katy - true (abt if I wasn't with Dave). The east is very traditional. Women are not much out and about. Mobile phones everywhere. Home computers not so much. But internet cafes. (Man zones.)

Sui Yin - we are based in KL and as I write this we've been back 3 days! We are on the road about 6 mos out of the year.

Ashlee - it's fabulous.


Can I ask you a detailed recipe for mirra?

I can't believe: I have been in mardin and fell in love with that cay evi, I always tell about it to anyone and now I found this post, I'm struggling for nostalgia.

It would be great to make mirra at home and share it with my friends and family.

Thanks a lot.



Hi Davide -- small world! I love that cafe, and Mardin.
I found this article about mirra -- scroll down and there is a fairly detailed description of how it's made. Good luck!


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