Unesco declares Dec 5 as ‘World Turkish Coffee Day’

 
Turkish coffee has become an indispensable part of the cultural and social structure of Turks
 

by HIDAYATH HISHAM

TURKISH coffee, one of the most remarkable and enjoyable experiences you will have while visiting Turkiye, is an integral part of Turkish customs. It fills homes, offices, cafés and streets with its wonderful aroma.

 
The traditional Turkish proverb “Every cup of coffee carries 40 years of memories” underscores the profound significance of coffee in Turkish culture.
 
Marking the 10th anniversary of Turkish coffee’s recognition on the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2013, The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) had the opportunity to savour a few cups today, as Dec 5 is now celebrated as World Turkish Coffee Day.
 
Turkiye’s Ambassador to Malaysia Emir Salim Yüksel, highlighted the central role Turkish coffee has played in social life since its origin in the 16th century.

“Turkish coffee, which has spread worldwide under this name, has become an indispensable part of the cultural and social structure of Turks.

“From a gastronomic perspective, undoubtedly, Turkiye is not a coffee-producing country. However, Turkish coffee has permeated the vast Ottoman geography and transcended borders with its rituals, traditions and role,” he said in his speech at the event held at the official residence of the Turkish ambassador, in Kuala Lumpur.