The Daily Mouthful: On Turkish Coffee

*Ed. Note: Sometimes even Twain can be a fool. Maybe he should have asked the Turks how to drink it.

"Of all the unchristian beverages that ever passed my lips, Turkish coffee is the worst. The cup is small, it is smeared with grounds; the coffee is black, thick, unsavory of smell, and execrable in taste. The bottom of the cup has a muddy sediment in it half an inch deep. This goes down your throat, and portions of it lodge by the way, and produce a tickling aggravation that keeps you barking and coughing for an hour."


--Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad (1869)

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