Which coffee is this?

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Gilad Almosnino is an internationalization expert. I’m reading his post “Eight emojis that will create a more inclusive experience for Middle Eastern markets,” in which he mentions “Turkish or Arabic Coffee,” which reminded me of my last visit to Athens. When, in one restaurant, I asked for a Turkish coffee, the waiter looked at me harshly and said: “It’s not Turkish coffee; it’s Greek coffee!”

Turkish, Arabic, or Greek

By Boris Gorelik

Machine learning, data science and visualization http://gorelik.net.


  1. Having been raised in a Greek culture, I can emphatically state that it is truly Greek coffee but I will ask for Turkish coffee in Greek restaurants just to see the reaction.
    I still have fond memories of my Mother trying to diving the future by reading the cup after you drink it; you reverse the cup on it’s saucer so the sludge drips down the sides and “read” the patterns in your best oracular voice.


    1. The funny thing is that they took coffee power from a bag that only had Turkish text on it, and prepared it in a Turskish-made Beko machine. But still insisted it was Greek.


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