Yesterday it was International Coffee Day, so to celebrate the occasion I made myself this cup of Greek coffee, then I had the notion to blog about it. I thought it would be nice to present Greek coffee to you and then tell you all about this amazing article I read the other day… it lists the benefits of coffee-drinking for everyone, and especially for professionals like… authors! Intrigued? Good! I guarantee you’ll be amazed by the end of this post!
So, to start with, let me share with you a little about Greek coffee!
In case you didn’t know, Greek coffee is prepared in a small pot called a briki. It has a long handle and a spout so that when the beverage is ready, you can pour it into your tiny, special teacup. You don’t have to buy a set of six if you’re ever in Greece and want to take your new favorite habit home with you! Any souvenir shop is bound to stock individual teacups so you can buy one or two that sport a nice image from your holiday destination.
Greek coffee is strong so I wouldn’t recommend drinking it after 5 p.m. unless you’d welcome insomnia. Another word of warning, careful when you drink it, not to get to the powdery yukiness at the bottom. Doesn’t taste good – so leave some liquid towards the end, just in case!
The coffee itself tastes something divine. Make sure to pick either of the two classic brands: Bravo or Loumidis (my favorite is Loumidis despite the old Bravo tin in this photo!) They don’t all taste the same so don’t go for anything else or you’ll never know what a unique experience this coffee can be! Having said that, there’s wonderful coffee on offer in all ‘kafekopteia’, i.e. shops that sell freshly ground coffee by weight – the divine smell will lure you in if you pass one by!
How to prepare Greek coffee!
Fill your tiny teacup with water, stopping just before the rim. Empty the water into the briki. Turn on the heat and leave it on high. Add 1 heaped teaspoon of coffee. Now, the sugar depends on how you like it, and that’s how you’ll order it to the waiter, by the way:
Enan kafe, SKETO (this means neat, so no sugar)
Enan kafe, METRIO (this means moderate, so use 1 level teaspoon of sugar)
Enan kafe, GLIKO (this means sweet, so use 2 level teaspoons of sugar)
For your first cup, try METRIO (that’s how I enjoy mine, by the way)
So, add the sugar (if using) to the liquid and wait till you hear sounds from the briki which obviously indicates the contents are starting to heat up. Take your teaspoon and start stirring continuously (and fast) for about 20-30 seconds. You’ll see froth and vapors in the briki. Stop stirring and watch the contents. As the coffee rises, it froths more and more. Take it off the heat anytime you like, before it reaches the top. Serve immediately, let it settle for a few minutes and then enjoy it with your favorite brand of biscuit (or cookie). Mine is Miranda Papadopoulou. Do give them a try if you’re ever in Greece!
Important: Don’t dunk cookies in the coffee. Drink the coffee on its own and only then have cookies or anything else sweet, otherwise it will taste bitter and awful.
Now, on to the blog post I promised you earlier. I found it on this awesome site called Lifehack.Once you get on there, you become addicted! There’s a whole lot of subjects on offer, and some incredible posts indeed. Take the specific post for instance:
Did you know that coffee drinkers live longer or that coffee makes you smarter?
Head over to LifeHack to read all about it: 8 Reasons Why Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely to Succeed
Enjoy it with a steaming cup of coffee!
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