Greek coffee, also known as “Ellinikos Kafes” is a traditional method of preparing coffee that produces a strong and aromatic brew.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a great Greek coffee:
Freshly ground coffee beans (medium-fine grind)
Coffee pot (Briki)
A small spoon
A heat source (stovetop or open flame)
Measure the Ingredients:
Use a demitasse cup to measure the water. One cup of water typically equals one serving of Greek coffee.
For each serving, you’ll need one heaping teaspoon of coffee and sugar to taste (if desired).
Select the Coffee Pot:
Choose an appropriate-sized coffee pot, also known as a Coffee pot (Briki). The size of the pot should match the number of servings you plan to make.
Prepare the Coffee:
Place the coffee pot on a flat surface.
Add the measured cold water into the coffee pot.
Add the coffee grounds and sugar (if using) to the cold water. Stir everything together well to ensure the coffee and sugar dissolve in the water.
Add Optional Cardamom:
If you like the traditional Greek coffee flavor, you can add a pinch of ground cardamom to the coffee-water mixture. Cardamom is optional and used according to personal preference.
Heat the Coffee:
Place the coffee pot on a low heat source. It’s crucial to use low heat to avoid scorching the coffee and to give it time to develop flavor.
Stir the mixture continuously with a small spoon as it heats. Do not leave it unattended.
Wait for a frothy layer to form on top of the coffee, which is called “kaimaki.” This is a crucial step in making Greek coffee and can take a few minutes.
The Boiling Point:
As the coffee begins to heat and foam, it’s essential to watch it closely. Do not allow it to come to a rolling boil, as this can cause bitterness.
Remove from Heat:
Just before the coffee reaches a rolling boil, remove it from the heat source. The coffee should have a thick layer of foam on top, and it should not be stirred at this point.
Rest and Settle:
Allow the coffee to rest for a minute or two, letting the grounds settle at the bottom of the coffee pot.
Pour and Enjoy:
Carefully pour the coffee into demitasse cups, ensuring that you don’t disturb the grounds at the bottom of the pot.
Greek coffee is traditionally served without milk and is often accompanied by a glass of cold water to cleanse the palate.
Savor the Coffee:
Allow the coffee to cool slightly, as it’s traditionally enjoyed at a temperature that allows you to savor its rich, strong flavor.
Greek coffee is not only about the taste but also about the experience of sharing a moment with friends or family. It’s a leisurely and social process, so take your time to enjoy it.