Greek Coffee is consumed all day long- in the morning, lunchtime and evening!
The coffee culture in Greece is a daily ritual for most, that is enjoyed alone while reading the newspaper, or when catching up with the parea at a busy cafe.
Bonus: Worldwide studies throughout the years have shown that Greek coffee has major health benefits, going as far as to say that drinking a cup of Elliniko kafe a day can increase your lifespan!
Two of the most popular brands of Greek coffee are Loumidis and Bravo.
Depending on the level of sweetness there are four way to enjoy Greek coffee, based on the amount of sugar added:
- Sketos: no sugar, unsweetened coffee
- Metrios: 1 teaspoon of sugar, medium-sweet coffee
- Glykos: 2 teaspoons of sugar, sweet coffee
- Very Glykos: 3 teaspoons of sugar, extra sweet coffee
Remember, Greek coffee is meant to be sipped and enjoyed over many hours.
To celebrate International Coffee Day, below is an easy to follow recipe that makes 1 Greek coffee-
Ingredients and Equipment→
- 1 tsp Greek coffee
- Sugar (optional)
- 1/4 cup water
- Demitasse cups
- Add the Greek coffee, water and sugar (optional) to your briki.
- Place the briki over low-medium heat, and stir until coffee and sugar are mixed.
- Once coffee starts bubbling, and foaming, remove the briki from the heat.
- Pour the Greek coffee into the demitasse cup.
- Enjoy the coffee by sipping it slowly and when you are towards the end of the coffee, do not drink the powdery coffee grounds that settled on the bottom of the cup.
*To compliment the coffee, you can also add homemade cookies or sweet biscuits.