Who would have thought that the first coffee shop that we visited in Goreme in Cappadocia Turkey would have a Melbourne Australia trained Barista!
We were on our way to visit the Open Air Museum in Goreme to explore the unique cave monasteries, chapels and churches which date from the 11th century when we were enticed into Café Safak by the smell of coffee brewing. The black board sign at the front of the Café alerted us to the fact that the Barista was trained in Australia, that was good enough for us to detour for a short coffee break.
The extensive coffee menu boasted Lattes, Mocha, Flat White, Short Black, Long Black, Espresso, Cappuccinos and of course the traditional Turkish Coffee.
After placing our order we started to chat with Ali the owner. In 2005 the Cingitas family established Café Safak and as well as their extensive coffee menu they offer home style cooking which the women in the family prepare that includes their famous Safak Special Gozleme. Gozleme is traditional Turkish bread that is filled with sweet or savoury toppings and cooked over a griddle.
Café Safak is a small family run business in Goreme, with a cosy interior filled with books. You can choose to sit inside or outside depending on the weather.
Our coffee did not disappoint us and Café Safak became a regular spot during our weeklong stay enjoying not only their coffee but also their savoury Gozleme.
Cappadocia, which means ‘the land of the beautiful horses,’ is a unique destination in Turkey and one that should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you are a Star Wars fan, you may not know that the eerie landscapes that you see in the movies are actually filmed in and around Cappadocia. If you visit Cappadocia be sure to stay in one of the many cave hotels for a unique experience.
You can find Café Safak at Muze Cad. No. 28 Goreme.
with thanks To Travel Too for this post.