Also known as Turkish coffee, Greek coffee (Ellinikos kafes) is made by boiling finely ground coffee beans. Like Turkish coffee, it is unfiltered, and one of the simplest coffees to make.
How to Make Greek Coffee
What you'll need:
Greek coffee pot (briki)
Freshly roasted coffee
Conical burr or Greek coffee grinder
To make, begin by grinding freshly roasted coffee beans into an extra-fine powder the coarseness of talc. (To achieve this fine grind, you'll need either a traditional Greek coffee grinder or a conical burr grinder.) Next, fill the briki 2/3 full and add the recommended amount of ground coffee; for thicker foam, add a little more coffee than needed. Heat the briki, and watch as the boiling water bubbles through the coffee grounds; remove from heat when the water begins to foam. Let coffee settle, then bring back to a boil twice more, allowing it to settle between each boil.
Greek coffee can be made in four different ways:
Sketos: Strong and bitter, without sugar
Metrios: Medium strength, with a teaspoon of sugar
Glykys or Vari Glykos: Medium strength and honey-sweet
Glykys Vrastos: Sweetened, but boiled more than once to lose its froth
Serving Greek Coffee
Traditionally, Greek coffee is served in demitasse cups or decorative discs, and paired with dessert cookies like koulourakia, baklava, or halva.
With the proper equipment and coffee beans, you can enjoy a strong, sweet cup of Greek coffee from the comfort of home. Or, present it as a coffee gift with an international flair by creating a custom coffee gift basket complete with a briki, Greek grinder, and pound of freshly roasted Greek coffee beans.