Cezve

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A cup of Turkish coffee, served from a copper cezve, in Turkey.

A cezve is a pot designed specifically to make Turkish coffee. The body and handle are traditionally made of brass or copper, occasionally also silver or gold. Though, recently, cezve are also made from stainless steel, aluminium, or ceramics. The long handle is particularly useful to avoid burning one's hands, and the brim is designed to serve the coffee.

Name[edit]

The name cezve is of Arabic origin, but the spelling derives from the Ottoman Turkish spelling in Arabic script (جذوه), based on Arabic جذوة, meaning a burning log or coal (presumably because the pot was heated on them).[1]

Other regional variations of the word cezve are jezve and čezve. In Ukrainian and Russian, the word is spelled джезва (where it exists alongside турка Russian pronunciation: [ˈturkə]). In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia it is a long-necked coffee pot, spelled "džezva".

Other names[edit]

  • In Greece, the device is called briki (μπρίκι), a borrowed word from the Ottoman Turks. The Greek name is more commonly used in English-speaking countries such as the United States and Australia because of their large Greek immigrant populations.
  • In Armenian, the brewer is called jazzve (Ջազզվե).
  • In Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, the cezva is known as Džezva.
  • In Bulgaria, cezve is known as джезве (džezve).
  • In Kosovo the word gjezve/xhezve is used,as Turkish coffee is very popular there.
  • Elsewhere, the cezve is known as an ibrik, which is also its most common name in the United States. The same usage is common in Romania. Ibrik is a Turkish word from Arabic `ibriq in turn a rendition of Persian a:bri:z - a:b water, ri:z (older rêz) a cup.[2][3] In Turkey, 'ibrik' has another meaning, it is again used for long spouts but used for handling liquids like oil and wine, not for brewing coffee.
  • Raqwa (rakwa) — Rakwa is an Arabic word used in the Levant for a small coffee pot of copper, having a long handle (originally a leather bag for water, later a coffee pot).
  • Zezwa — The Tunisian name derived from Cezve.
  • Ghallāye — The Palestinian term.
  • In Russia, cezve is commonly called "turka" (“турка”, 'too-rkuh').
  • Also, the device is sometimes called Susanna after a legendary coffee-maker.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Cezve at Wiktionary.org
  2. ^ See Stenigass Persian-English dictionary under ibri:q.
  3. ^ ibrik at Wiktionary.org

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