Greek coffee is poured into cups

What is Greek Coffee?

Greek coffee is a delicious alternative to traditional brews you’ll find at a coffee chain. Greek coffee is well-loved thanks to its strong, bold flavor, a layer of foam on top, and a fine mix of grounds settling at the bottom. Making proper Greek coffee requires more than just your traditional coffee pot you likely have in your own kitchen, but trust us when we say the labor is well worth it! Unlike coffee we make here in America, Greek coffee is boiled rather than brewed. This leaves the coffee with its signature rich and creamy flavors. Not only this but Greek coffee is considered by many to be far healthier than other regional blends of coffee! This is thanks to the high antioxidant and low caffeine levels found in Greek coffee.

How Can I Make My Own Greek Coffee?

What you’ll need: For starters, you’ll need a briki, which is a unique Greek coffee pot, Greek coffee grounds, sugar, water, and a stove.

Steps to follow: 

  1. Fill your briki with approximately 2 fluid ounces of water
  2. Ensure your briki is large enough for your coffee to bubble and foam.
  3. Add as much sugar and grounds as desired. Greek coffee can be enjoyed with no sugar, or loads of sugar, it is all personal preference.
  4. Heat your briki on medium heat and give it a quick stir. As the coffee begins to heat do not stir.
  5. As the foam begins to build remove the briki from heat until foam settles. Add back to heat. Let the coffee start to foam and then remove it from the heat, make sure the coffee does not begin to boil at any point
  6. Transfer the finished Greek coffee to your mug and let it rest before drinking. Not only does this cool the coffee, but it also allows the coffee grounds to settle.

Greek coffee is traditionally prepared in four different ways:

Sketos” (no sugar added): This style is comparable to black coffee here in America. Add only 1 teaspoon of coffee to your briki.
Metrios” (semi-sweet): 1 teaspoon of coffee and 1 teaspoon of sugar are added to the briki
Glykos” (sweet): 1 teaspoon of coffee and 2 teaspoons of sugar are added to the briki
“Vary glykos” (extra-sweet): 3 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of coffee are added to the briki

Enjoy a Greek Coffee at Yoleni’s

Whether you’re a lifelong Greek coffee drinker or eager to try your first cup, Yoleni’s is ready to serve you one of Greece’s most famous beverages. Looking to make your own cup? Visit our online market to purchase authentic coffee grounds right from Greece!

 

 

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