Amanda is the author of 20 Quick & Easy Delicious Mediterranean Biscuits and Family Favourites! Recipes handed down from her Greek family.
How to make a Greek Coffee - strong brew recipe!
Making Greek Coffee at home is easy!
It is a simple recipe that requires five minutes of your undivided attention. Once you have mastered the technique, you will be enjoying home brew coffee every day.
The smell of coffee brewing in my grandparents' Greek kitchen was a familiar smell. My grandmother would be tentatively at the stove top watching for the crema to form on top of the Briki. She would serve her coffee in an assortment of fine boned china tea cups and saucers, that she had collected over the years, which would hold about 150ml per cup. Perfect for sipping a short Greek coffee and accompanying biscuit or sweet!
Briki's come in all different sizes. From individual sizes (100 ml) to family size (500 ml). You can usually find these at your local Greek or world cuisine delicatessen. They are often copper in colour. The unique shape helps the crema to form, so it is well worth investing in one.
You will need to practice this recipe a few times as there are a few tips to ensure the perfect Greek coffee. Once you have mastered the technique, it is a quick, easy and fun process.
The ingredient order is very important when making Greek coffee. I suggest placing water into the Briki first. Next, add the ground coffee and lastly, the sugar. I recommend one teaspoon of sugar initially, to acquire the taste, as Greek coffee is very strong. Then you can adjust your sugar to taste. I like to give a very, quick stir at this stage, although not necessary.
Once you have placed the Briki onto the stovetop, resist the urge to stir! This is an important step as the mixture will slowly brew, then boil up. Stirring will halt this action.
Medium heat is another trick. It allows the process to happen slow enough for brewing but fast enough to stop the coffee boiling over and burning.
Attention at the stove top is also a must. Recognizing the foam bubbling around the edges indicates that the coffee is very close to its' full brew time. Eventually, the brown crema will form on top of the brew. This is when the coffee can be removed from the stovetop.
Again, resist the urge to stir. The coffee can be poured into the cups, gently, so the crema remains intact.
Allow your Greek coffee to settle for a few minutes. Greek coffee leaves a thick, brown coffee sediment at the bottom of the cup, after drinking.
Traditionally, Greek coffee is served with a long glass of iced water. Enjoy!
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- 100ml water
- 1 heaped teaspoon coffee, Greek or Turkish brand
- 1 teaspoon sugar, white or raw
- Measure 100mls of cold water and pour this into your Briki (or small pot). Add one heaped teaspoon of Greek or Turkish coffee. Repeat this step depending on how many cups of coffee you would like to make and depending on the size of your Briki.
- Then add sugar depending on how sweet you would like your coffee. Sketo = no sugar, Metrio = one teaspoon of sugar, Glyko (sweet) = two teaspoons of sugar.
- Place your Briki onto medium heat on the stove top. The coffee will begin to boil, foam and rise up. Be quick to remove the briki once it rises as it is very quick to boil over or burn.
- Pour the boiled coffee into the cups with a small amount of the froth on top. The coffee will continue to settle and the grounds will remain on the bottom of the cup.
- Serve your Greek coffee with a small sweet or biscuit on the side and a tall glass of cold water to accompany.
© 2020 Amanda Moraitis
Liza from USA on February 11, 2020:
Thanks for the tip!
Amanda Moraitis (author) from Queensland, Australia on February 10, 2020:
Hi lizmalay, Greek coffee is very strong and thick in texture.Make sure you let the coffee settle for a few minutes before drinking. I like it sweet, to counteract the texture. And be sure to have a long, iced glass of water served with the coffee, like they do in Greece!
Liza from USA on February 07, 2020:
My husband and I are coffee lovers. Coffee is something that we must have in the morning before we started our day. However, we have never tried Greek coffee yet. The other day we just thought about to get one of that ibrik. Thank you for sharing how to make Greek coffee at home.