Turkish coffee has been included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List as part of the eighth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Baku.
A variety of traditional elements have been proposed to be included in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, during the five day meeting of 780 delegates from 116 countries. Turkish National Commission for UNESCO Chairman Professor Ocal Oguz said the Culture and Tourism Ministry was continuing its works on protecting and preserving cultural heritage in Turkey. “Turkish coffee was recommended for the list through the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism,” adding that Turkish coffee has accepted to the list.
Oguz added that many other assets of Turkey`s culture such as the wedding dinner ke?kek, whirling dervishes, grease wrestling in K?rkp?nar and shadow theatre had been included in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list in previous years.
“The representative list is important as it makes Turkish cultural assets more recognized by the international community,” he said.
Oguz stressed that Turkish coffee was more than just a drink, stating that “it is known as ‘Turkish coffee’ all around the world not only because of its commodity, but also because of its style, preparation method and traditional presentation.”
The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage is established by UNESCO whose aim is to better protect, safeguard and promote important intangible cultural heritages worldwide to showcase cultural diversity and creative expression.