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Turkish Coffee Happy Hour 10th Edition

Washington D.C. - The Yunus Emre Institute hosted the 10th edition of the Virtual Turkish Coffee Happy Hour on August 6th with nearly 20 guests. They entered the virtual meeting room with a curiosity for Turkish culture and left with a fulfilling experience. One lucky trivia winner claimed a Turkish coffee set.

To fully convey Turkish coffee culture, Virtual Turkish Coffee Happy Hour has four sections. The guests entered the meeting room to begin their evening and were welcomed by the Yunus Emre Institute’s Public Relations Intern Maddy Rothfield. The program began in the virtual misafir odası, or guest room, where the guests learned about the basics of Turkish coffee. Public Relations Assistants Harper and Matt elaborated on the history and social significance of Turkish coffee, then led the guests into the virtual mutfak, meaning kitchen. In the mutfak, guests learned about the brewing process for making a good cup of Turkish coffee. In the subsequent sohbet session, meaning chat, guests told stories about their past experiences with Turkish coffee and asked a few questions. After competing in a lively game of Turkish coffee trivia, the guests took a group picture together to commemorate their evening.

The guests had a great time at Turkish Coffee Happy Hour. They had a spirited game of trivia with the top five competitors finishing up within a few points of each other. The first place guest won a Turkish coffee set after getting all the questions right. In the sohbet section, the guests posed great questions. One guest asked about how different regions prepare coffee and they learned how each province can have their own local traditions. For instance, coffee is prepared and served very differently in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa versus in the city center of Istanbul in the northwest. Another person asked if international coffee chain locations in Turkey sold Turkish coffee, to which the answer was yes they do. The group was extraordinarily curious about coffee’s role in Turkey, and they all agreed that Virtual Turkish Coffee Happy Hour was an invaluable learning experience.

The Yunus Emre Foundation is a public foundation designed to educate the public about Turkey and its language, history, culture, and art. The Foundation makes such related information and documents available for use in the world. Facilitating cultural exchange between Turkey and other countries is a central objective of the Foundation. If you are interested in receiving more information, please email

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