A cheap and easy way to make really good and strong coffee!
Positive Product Points
Small, inexpensive, easy to learn and easy to use, great way to try something new in the way of coffee, very portable
Negative Product Points
If you don‘t like strong coffee, this is not for you. Does take some practice to master the technique, but it's still not that difficult. You also have to keep an eye on the pot as you're making the coffee, as it could boil over and make a mess/ruin the coffee.
What it is/How it‘s used --------------------------- An ibrik is a pot (size varies) that it wide at the bottom and narrow at the top with a lip for pouring and a handle sticking out of the side. Coffee is made by filling the pot half to 2/3 full with water and then adding about one tablespoon (varies depending on the size of the pot) of very finely (Turkish) ground coffee. The pot is then heated on a stovetop (or over a fire for you camping enthusiasts) until the mixture begins to foam at the top.
Where I got it/How much ------------------------- I went to a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean specialty wholesale grocery market (that‘s a mouthful) and picked up a plain one cup ibrik for $3.00 (US). They can also be purchased online for a little more. I‘ve seen them at Natasha‘s Cafe (natashascafe.com) and Sweet Maria‘s (sweetmarias.com). I believe you can also get them at your local Gloria Jean‘s, but expect much higher prices.
Review of product ------------------------ I love my ibrik and I use it all the time. I was able to find detailed instructions on how to use it at Natashascafe.com and was able to master it right away. It‘s extremely portable and those who go camping a lot AND love coffee will love having an ibrik. You have to like strong coffee in order to like using an ibrik, though. The coffee is finely ground and mixed right in with the water. You can, however, add other ingredients to the pot before heating such as sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, vanilla, the list goes on and on. Be creative!