(CNN) — Nearly every culture has its own tradition involving a hot beverage -- whether it be tea, mulled wine or spiced apple cider.
For the Turkish, the hot beverage of choice is dark, muddy coffee known as Türk kahvesi. The drink has captivated the hearts and taste buds of generations, infusing flavor and meaning into the social experience in equal parts.
而对于土耳其人来说，他们的热饮是一种名为 Türk kahvesi 的土褐色黑咖啡。 这种饮料俘获了几代人的味蕾和心灵，它将味道和含义平衡的融入到了社交体验中。
Mesude Isikli has dedicated the past 12 years to collecting coffee cups of all different shapes and sizes.
Art teacher Mesude Isikli, from the Osmaniye province, was fascinated by the ways in which the beverage represented the best of her culture. (For context, Turkish coffee was included in UNESCO's 2013 Intangible Cultural Heritage List for its significance in Turkish history.)
来自奥斯马尼耶省的艺术老师Mesude Isikli，对饮料如何呈现她文化中最好的一面非常感兴趣。 （背景：因为土耳其咖啡在土耳其历史上的重要性被联合国教科文组织列入2013年非物质文化遗产名录。）
She was so touched by this part of Turkish life that she decided to start collecting the vessels which make enjoying it possible: coffee cups.
After a friend gifted her an antique Turkish coffee cup as a present -- the vessels are typically made of porcelain and adorned with stunning Turkish designs -- she made it her mission to collect the largest number of coffee cup styles in the world.
"Conversations start with coffee in our special days...Me and my family, we really like coffee. My passion for coffee has created curiosity for the coffee mugs," Isikli told CNN.
Turkish coffee -- or Türk kahvesi -- dates back to the Ottoman Empire and continues to play an important role in the country's customs.
Over 12 years, Osikli has amassed over 3,000 coffee cups, most of them Turkish antiques. The collection is comprised of over 1,000 different types of unique cups, all of varying shapes and sizes.
12年来,Osikli 已经积攒了 3000 多个咖啡杯,其中大部分是土耳其古董。她的收藏由 1000 多种大小造型各不相同的独特杯子组成。
"Most of them are antiques, including 120 years and 80 years [old]. They all have a memory story, because these are used and lived cups," Osikli explained.
Though she cherishes how much the collection has grown thanks to the support of friends and family, her very first mug continues to hold the most special place on her (somewhat crowded) shelf.
"We have a saying: 'One cup of coffee is worth 40 years of friendship.'"