When passing by the Spice Bazaar in Eminonu, a great coffee smell is given off standing out among all the other scents. It is impossible for one to get lost because you are passing through the Tahmis Street. Tahmis means ‘a place where coffee beans are roasted’. As is evident from it is name, it is obvious that coffee beans are roasted on this street.
Before making a coffee, beans used to be roasted at home, grinded in hand mill in the end of 19th century. But, it is Hasan’s son, Mehmet Efendi, who started to sell coffee in Istanbul after roasting and grinding beans that his father sold raw before. After his success, Mehmet Efendi was titled as ‘Kurukahveci’ (Roasted and Ground Coffee Seller). The place that sells freshly roasted coffee to people who form long queues in front of the shop in the same street is a survival of Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi.
Bear in mind, they sell only roasted coffee. You are not able to drink coffee at Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi.
For detailed information about Mehmet Efendi’s coffee store, check their web site: mehmetefendi.com