A complex espresso full of wild aromatics and a balance of both bitter roasted and fruity notes, with a touch of acidity and an almond finish that hints at sweetness. The thick, velvety character of World Explorations Istanbul Espresso is a modern tribute to the ancient traditional Turkish brewing method—that lovely long-handled brass or copper coffee pot that goes by the names of cezve and ibrik. The taste of this oldest of coffee brewing traditions is celebrated by the blend’s Ethiopian Arabica beans—a coffee as old as time. The Indian Robusta tells the story of how coffee first escaped and journeyed out of Africa. These coffees come together to bring a wonderfully complex profile—of both bitterness and acidity, wild fruitiness and roasted notes. A coffee as eclectic and simultaneously harmonious as the bustle of activity in the world’s earliest coffeehouses found in this cosmopolitan city of the bygone Ottoman Empire. And it’s as dynamic as the story of coffee on this crossroads of the ancient trade routes centuries ago. This beautifully intense cup leaves only one thing to be desired—its pairing with the thickly sweet taste of a Turkish Delight.