Virtual Turkish Coffee Happy Hour 6th Edition
Washington D.C. - Virtual Turkish Coffee Happy Hour has become a regular program at the Yunus Emre Institute in Washington D.C. and a real fan favorite from the guests. The sixth edition of Virtual Turkish Coffee Happy Hour kicked off in April with over a dozen guests who entered the Zoom room with a curiosity for Turkish coffee and culture. They left the room with a fulfilling cultural experience and one of the lucky guests will receive a Turkish coffee set as a reward for winning the Turkish coffee trivia game.
In order to get an authentic Turkish coffee experience and to properly know the importance of Turkish coffee, Virtual Turkish Coffee Happy Hour has four sections. The guests entered the Zoom room to begin their evening and were welcomed by the Yunus Emre Institute in Washington D.C.’s Public Relations Assistants Harper and Matt. The program began in the virtual misafir odası, or guest room, where the guests learned about the basics of Turkish coffee. After discussing the history and social traditions of Turkish coffee, the guests entered the virtual mutfak, meaning kitchen. In the mutfak, guests learned about the brewing process of Turkish coffee and the resources needed for making a good cup of coffee. In the subsequent sohbet session, meaning chat, guests told stories about their past experiences with Turkish coffee and asked questions. After competing in a spirited game of Turkish coffee trivia, the guests took a group picture to commemorate their informative and entertaining evening.
The attendees greatly enjoyed the Happy Hour and thanked the institute for hosting an online program while everyone is staying at home. They had a very competitive round of trivia as the winner started in last place and steadily worked their way up the ranks to receive a Turkish coffee set. They had several questions about Turkish coffee traditions. One of the guests asked about how different regions prepare coffee and the guests learned how each province can have local traditions and that coffee is prepared and served very differently in Şanlıurfa versus in Istanbul. This group of guests were extraordinarily curious about coffee’s role in Turkey and all agreed that Virtual Turkish Coffee Happy Hour proved to be an invaluable cultural learning experience.
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