At Özerlat they have matched their authentic Turkish coffees with lokoum from the legendary confectionery house Haci Bekir, which was established by master confectioner Bekir Effendi in Istanbul in 1777 and is still family owned today.
They believe lokoum (pronounced ‘lock-hume’) was made to go with coffee. Bite a piece, let it melt on your tongue, then take a sip of dark, sumptuous Turkish coffee and the complex flavours just envelop your senses.
Özerlat have been making and selling gourmet Turkish coffee for just under 100 years. The company’s founder, their great-grandfather Dervis ‘Tahmis’ Özerlat, started the business in 1917 in Nicosia, when he became the first person to introduce freshly roasted Turkish coffee to Cyprus. This earned him the nickname Tahmis, meaning ‘coffee roaster’.
Today, their father (Thames’s grandson) Dervis Özerlat maintains the traditions and standards set by their great-grandfather, roasting and grinding fine Arabica coffee in their Nicosia premises. And now they are taking up the challenge to bring exceptional Turkish coffee to the UK and revive a tradition that’s been overlooked for far too long.