We’re so used to regularly brewed coffee and espresso that we forget there are dozens of coffee styles around the world.
Our favorite seed is ubiquitous; they enjoy it in every corner of the earth. That means an exciting array of options to enjoy coffee. One of our favorites? Greek Coffee.
Greek coffee is not dissimilar to Turkish coffee, which is also basically the same as the one from Cyprus, Serbia and Bosnia. This entire part of Europe has a deep appreciation for coffee, and they particularly like it strong.
Yes, Greek coffee is quite strong, and it’s because it’s brewed with a special coffee kettle, a briki, sometimes called a cezve or ibrik. The method also produces a lovely foam called kaimaki — that the oils in the coffee doing their magic.
Unlike other methods like the French press, the briki is a small kettle in which you boil fine-ground coffee (as smooth as powder) in water. There’s no filter, so all the coffee stays there, giving body and flavor to the brew.
Sipping your Greek coffee slowly as the fine-ground coffee precipitates to the bottom of the cup is part of the charm. That means you have a long coffee break to catch up and gossip with your loved ones.
There are a few other peculiarities about Greek coffee. People serve it in demi-tasse cups, which you should totally have at home. These are medium-sized cups, right between an espresso cup and a regular one. They hold between 1 and 3 ounces.
So, what’s the goal here? How does the right cup of Greek coffee look like? The perfect cup of Greek coffee has plenty of sediment, a strongly brewed coffee and a nice natural foam.
Interestingly, this coffee style leaves you with a muddy, empty cup with all the sediments stuck on the surface. This is the type of coffee that lets those that believe read your future.
It is said the sediment at the bottom of the cup is all about your past, the residue in the middle section tells you about the present, and the very top is your future. Here’s a tip: If you end up with large amounts of coffee grounds in the saucer, that means all your problems and worries will disappear soon! Isn’t that cool?
Pour the water into the briki.
Add the coffee and sugar and stir until dissolved.
Heat in the stovetop for over medium heat.
Serve immediately as soon as it boils.