Authentic Greek coffee is an experience.
It’s not just a drink—it’s an event. It starts with the beans, which are roasted over open flame before being ground to order and brewed in small batches.
The result? A dark, thick liquid that smells like heaven and tastes even better. There’s no cream or sugar added; instead, people sip it black as they chat with friends or read the newspaper for hours on end at one of Athens’ many outdoor cafés.
1. What is Greek Coffee:
Original “espresso”. It is made with a unique, fire roasted coarse grind that is not filtered. Some people refer to it as Turkish Coffee but while some recipes for Turkish Coffee are similar to Greek coffee, many more use fine ground beans and often include spices or flavorings.
Said to have first been served in about the 1850’s by Greek merchants in Istanbul, Turkey. Since then it has become a part of Greece’s rich culture and tradition; today most people can’t start their day without it.
2. How to make a cup of coffee ?
A high quality water and coffee is a must. Coffee: To prepare authentic Greek coffee, first the beans need to be roasted over open flame and ground to order.
1) Use 1 heaping teaspoon of coffee per each 5 oz cup of water .
2) For each serving you should use ¼ cup (50 ml) water.
3) For a 6-ounce cup of Greek coffee, use 3 tablespoons ground coffee and add ¾ cup (188 ml) water.
4) Heat the water to boiling in a small saucepan or kettle. You can heat the water in a microwave oven as well .
5) Remove from the heat and let the coffee grounds settle to the bottom of the pot.
6) Pour into a traditional Greek coffee cup (can be found in large Greek communities, Greek specialty stores or online).
7) Let sit for 1 minute before serving so sediment can settle at the bottom of the cup.
8) Serve black without sugar.
3. What are the Greek coffee benefits?
Beans are the finest shade grown and sun-dried Arabica Coffee Beans, which contain a rich source of antioxidants.
Antioxidants such as Polyphenols and Vitamins C and E can help protect you against cellular damage from toxins, inflammation and aging. For more information about the health benefits of Greek coffee please see below:
– Has less caffeine than regular drip brewed coffee. This type of coffee is said to have about half the amount of caffeine as your typical cup of tea.
– Is an excellent source of antioxidants, specifically Polyphenols and Vitamins C and E which can help protect you against cellular damage from toxins, inflammation and aging.
– Caffeine in this type of coffee may help lower your risk for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver damage.
– Drinking an average of 2-3 cups of Greek Coffee a day is revealed to lower blood pressure.
– By drinking Greek Coffee you are able to better absorb calcium which can help prevent osteoporosis.
– A study on the antioxidant levels in Greek coffee suggests that it has 4 times more antioxidants than what is found in regular brewed coffee. Since Greek Coffee is only made with 100% Arabica beans, the high antioxidant levels may be attributed to components such as cafestol and kahweol.
– Has been found to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
– Known to have a positive effect on mood and memory. Its well-known ability to promote mental acuity has been attributed in part to its caffeine content, but may also be due in part to the presence of L-theanine. The psychological benefits of Greek Coffee are said to be due to its caffeine content, but may also be attributed in part to the presence of L-theanine.
4. Where to find authentic Greek coffee in Athens, Greece:
For those of you that are planning on visiting Greece, there are still some Greek coffee houses where you can have a cup Greek style coffee.
The Old Coffee House : If you’re looking to taste the real Greek Experience then look no further. Here they know their stuff, even though it’s not very diluted. It’s quite strong to say the least, but it’s very tasty and smooth.
– Santorini: Kyma : This is a great place for a full authentic Greek coffee experience. The service is friendly and you can feel the nice vibes from here. They serve a mean traditional Greek Coffee! It’s definitely worth a try to see what the fuss is all about.
– Mykonos: Café Avissinia : A beautiful little coffee house in the center of Mykonos Town, a very nice and relaxing place where you can enjoy a cup of Greek Coffee at any time in the day or evening. They serve very tasty traditional Greek Coffee that’s definitely worth trying!
4. Tips and tricks for enjoying your coffee the right way:
– Always add water to coffee and not the other way around. This is known as “pr boiling.”
– Use filtered or bottled water if possible. If you don’t, then at least use filtered water.
– The proportion of coffee and boiling water should always be 2:1 (2 parts hot water for 1 part ground coffee).
– Should always be made in a briki (traditional pot). Never use an automatic drip coffee maker or espresso machine.
– A medium coarse grind of the beans is recommended. Grind your own with a hand grinder or any other manual type of grinder. Make sure you only grind enough for one cup and do not grind for more than 30 minutes in advance or the coffee will lose its flavor.
– A briki should be preheated with hot water before adding any grounds. Then, after you have added the ground coffee, it is important to immediately start stirring the mixture at a moderate speed until the boiling stage begins. Once this happens, remove from heat and begin to pour the mixture back and forth between your serving cup and the briki, making sure that you stop pouring before it starts to bubble over.
– For a better tasting coffee, try adding a tablespoon or two of sugar just as the boiling stage begins. This will help bring out all of the flavors present in your grinds.
1. What kind of beans should I use?
You can use any kind of beans that you want to make Greek Coffee. The most commonly used beans are a dark roast.
2. Can I add anything to the coffee?
It’s not recommended because you will diminish the taste of your coffee. However, some people like to add sugar, honey, or even milk when making Greek Coffee with a French Press.
3. How do I serve Greek coffee?
Sometimes served with the dark sediment in the cup and other times it’s left clean. It just depends upon preference, but never mix sugar into your Greece Coffee before you drink it as it will leave a bitter taste that will ruin the flavor of your coffee.
You can also use an espresso machine to make Greek Coffee. All of the steps are exactly the same; however, many people like to add a bit more coffee into their cup before they begin making the coffee because it makes it stronger.
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Greek coffee is a very strong and traditional beverage that was born in Greece. Greeks love their coffee just as much as they love eating delicious food, so it’s no wonder why this drink has become an important part of Greek culture.
If you go to Greece, I highly recommend trying out some Greek Coffee. It can be hard to find good abroad, but it’s worth the search.