Greek coffee is a strong brew, served with foam on the top and the grounds at the bottom of the cup.
What You’ll Need
• Greek coffee
• Sugar (optional)
• A briki (The pot used for making Greek coffee is called briki)
• Demitasse cups
• Cold water
• Water glasses
Start with very cold water. Use the demitasse cup to measure the water needed for each cup of coffee. Pour the water into the briki and add coffee (and sugar if desired).
- Greek coffee is brewed to taste and there are three standard types. They vary by sweetness and by the amount of coffee used. Experimenting will help you find the exact brew for you.
- For unsweetened coffee, add one heaping teaspoon of coffee to the briki. In Greek, this is called sketos.
- For medium-sweet coffee, add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 heaping teaspoon of coffee to the briki and stir. In Greek, this is called metrios.
- For sweet coffee, add 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 heaping teaspoon of coffee to the briki and stir. In Greek, this is called glykos.
Turn on the heat to medium-low. Stir the coffee until it dissolves and then don’t stir again. Heat slowly. The foam will start to rise in the briki before it boils. This foam is called kaïmaki. The foam can rise to the top of the briki very quickly once it starts. When it reaches the top, remove from the heat and serve with a glass of cold water.