If you’re longing for a break from your usual routine and dream about a coffee that is different from your usual espresso, you’ll love discovering how to make a perfect Greek coffee, a very popular drink in Greece that has become an essential part of the local lifestyle. It is quite similar to American coffee, but with a much more intense and aromatic flavour.
This ancient speciality fully reflects the Greek culture and tradition but to try it you don’t need to get on a plane and head to its splendid Mediterranean homeland: today learn how to make a few cups of this delicious beverage in the comfort of your own home.
How to make a perfect Greek coffee
Just like Turkish coffee, this unique preparation method entails bringing powdered coffee to the boil in the traditional pot (called a briki) to favour the extraction of a high number of nutritional substances.
Greek coffee: ingredients
- 2 teaspoons of ground coffee for every cup you want to make.
- A cup of water for each single portion.
- Spices such as cinnamon or cardamom, if you like these.
Greek coffee: preparation
- Pour the water into the briki.
- Add the ground coffee to the water, stirring with a teaspoon.
- Add sugar if desired.
- Bring to the boil over a low heat.
- Turn the heat off when a dense, dark foam appears.
- Pour the Greek coffee into the cups and leave to stand for a minute or two, allowing the residual powder to settle on the bottom.
Ways of savouring Greek coffee
Based on your personal taste, we recommend that you taste Greek coffee (slowly) in one of the following ways:
- Sketos: with no sugar, a particularly intense version.
- Metrios: with one teaspoon of sugar.
- Glykys or glykos: with two or three teaspoons of sugar.
- Vrastos glykys: sugared but boiled several times.
How to make an iced Greek coffee
In addition to the traditional version of Greek coffee, there is also a more “modern” variant. In fact, it’s basically a new take on the iced coffee.
It is made in exactly the same way as the traditional version, except that here you add a teaspoon of condensed milk and a few ice cubes. You then shake it and your iced Greek coffee is ready to be savoured!