Migration Adventure of Turkish Coffee to Germany

The program Kültür TV by Cologne Yunus Emre Institute hosted historian and author Dr. Latif Çelik, who talked about how Turkish coffee was introduced to Germans.

This week, Kültür TV by Cologne Yunus Emre Institute hosted historian and author Dr. Latif Çelik. During the online chat titled 'The Immigration of Turkish Coffee into Germany' on November 5, 2020, Dr. Latif Çelik explained the arrival of Turkish coffee at Germany by the Turks captured in Vienna after the Second Siege of Vienna.

Dr. Çelik said that Turkish coffee was first tried under the name 'Turkish drink' (Türkentrank) in 1697 in Würzburg, Germany by Mehmet Sadullah Pasha, who was a prisoner in Germany. Mehmet Sadullah Pasha first distributed coffee without sugar to people walking by the Dom Church, but the sugar-free coffee was not appreciated. Pasha said, "Wait, don't go! I have some syrup," and added the syrup into the coffee. German women who came out of the church service liked this sweet form of coffee, and then coffee became famous as a Turkish drink.

During the program, Dr. Latif Çelik shed light on the European adventure of Turkish coffee, emphasizing that Turkish coffee came to Ottoman lands from Yemen, but spread to Europe from Turkey.


On its online platform called Kültür TV, Cologne Yunus Emre Institute hosts competent researchers from Turkey and abroad, and discusses the cultural and historical aspects of Turkish-German relations in their current and historical dimensions.

You can watch the event on Yunus Emre Institute's Youtube channel.