Greek Coffee

Joanne Hendriksen


This method produces a strong rich but no bitter coffee when made correctly. Crucial that you Do NOT boil!
I can truly state is that this saves calories as no cream is necessary although it's delicious with a small amount of half n half.  Rich in chlorogenic acid, polyphenols, lipid-soluble substances and other heart-healthy compounds, Greek coffee has been shown to help protect the arteries, as well as lower your risk for diabetes and boost overall immune health.
According to the study, those who drank Greek coffee had healthier blood vessels.


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5 Min
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How to Make Greek Coffee


  1. Simple Directions: In A Briki Pot having a narrow top, bring water to a boil then turn off heat. Add 1 Tbsp. Turkish Coffee grounds into pot. Turn heat back on only for second on very low heat, stir coffee. (Stirring is necessary throughout the process) You will see a caramel creaminess appear just before the bubbles appear, when bubbles appear turn off heat immediately. Wait 3 min. Allowing grinds to settle and serve a robust deliciously non-bitter bold & rich coffee.
  2.  Exact Directions:
    Add 2 cups of cold water and 2 heaping teaspoons of Greek coffee to the briki pot or saucepan. (The briki pot is preferred since this traditional pot is wider at the bottom than on top, which helps create a proper amount of foam, adding to the coffee’s unique taste.) Stir 4 to 5 times to blend until the grounds are dissolved and then don’t stir again. Slowly bring to a boil. (According to one Greek superstition, the more bubbles that form as you boil your coffee, the more money will come to you.)
     When you see a ring of foam around the top, it’s about ready. Take it off the heat to prevent foam from boiling over. (According to another superstition, allowing the foam to boil over may bring bad luck.) Evenly divide the foam into the 2 cups and then fill with remaining coffee. Wait to drink until the grounds have settled to the bottom. Since Greek coffee is very strong and rich, it is often served with a glass of water on the side to help cleanse the palette.
     Milk is never added to Greek coffee but sweetener sometimes is. There are basically three versions of Greek coffee: Unsweetened Greek coffee is called sketos (pronounced SKEH-tohss); moderately sweet coffee with 1 teaspoon of sugar is called metrios (MEHT-ree-ohs); and a more intensely sweet cup with 2 teaspoons of sugar is called glykos (glee-KOHSS). If you like your coffee sweet, add a teaspoon or 2 of sugar or another sweetener to the pot, along with the coffee grinds before bringing it all to a boil. 

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About Greek Coffee

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: Mediterranean
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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