Turkey’s history with coffee is long and significant. First introduced to the country in the 15th century by traveling merchants from Yemen (where the popularity of coffee can be traced), the beverage bridged the gap between elite and commoners — a disposition that continues today. The first coffee shop in the world opened in Constantinople in 1475 and the new technique of grinding the coffee in a mortar and then brewing it in a cezve pot was immensely popular for over a hundred years before it was eventually taken to Europe by the Ottoman Empire.
Today, however, the Turkish style of coffee, in which the grounds are left inside the pot without filtering, is rare on a cafe menu in the United States. Likewise, few brands have made practical and desirable versions of the cezve for the modern market. Enter OTTO, a new product from GOAT STORY that seeks to popularize Turkish coffee for the home brewer.
With a design-forward aesthetic that looks good in your kitchen, the OTTO sports a curvacious body made from powder-coated stainless steel with a silicone cover on its handle. Making up to 5 cups per batch, the handled pot has a shape that lends itself to the optimal brew flow for maximizing flavor. After the grounds settle at the bottom, you’re able to enjoy a richer, fuller-bodied cup of coffee.
Available in either gray, black, or “brick” red, the OTTO is currently funding on Kickstarter until January 27. Early-bird prices start at €42 (~$45) per pot.