How to Make Greek Coffee

Greek coffee may also be known as Turkish coffee. It can be made with different amounts of sugar or no sugar at all, depending on your taste. This kind of coffee develops froth on its surface that can be controlled by regulating a gas flame. Follow these steps to make Greek coffee.


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    Grind freshly roasted coffee beans. This can be done with a Greek coffee grinder or a conical burr grinder. The texture of the ground beans should be a fine powder.
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    Fill 1 small coffee cup or demitasse cup with cold water.
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    Add the cold water to a briki. A briki is a small sort of pot used to boil Greek coffee. It is made of brass or copper and has a long handle.
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    Put 1 tsp. (5 ml) of the ground coffee beans into the briki. More coffee may be added to achieve a thicker foam, but less than 2 tsp. (10 ml) of ground coffee should be sufficient.
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    Add your desired amount of sugar to the briki. A "medium" coffee has 1/2 to 1 tsp. (2.5 to 5 ml) of sugar in it. A "sweet" coffee has 11/2 to 2 tsp. (7.5 to 10 ml) of sugar in it.
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    Use the measuring teaspoon to stir the coffee and sugar into the briki's water. Let the coffee sink to the bottom of the briki and dissolve the sugar into the water. Remove the teaspoon from the briki.
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    Place the briki over a gas burner. A gas camping stove works well for this.
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    Heat the briki on low until the water just starts to boil. An incomplete ring of foam should form on the coffee's surface.
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    Remove the briki from the heat before the foam ring closes. Pour the coffee into its cup and serve.


  • Try serving Greek coffee with a glass of ice water or Greek dessert cookies.
  • You can heat your coffee over an electric stove's burner in place of a gas burner.
  • A sign of a well-executed Greek coffee recipe is if your foam is thick and does not have noticeable particles in it or the boiled coffee.
  • Use a small saucepan if you do not have a briki.
  • Allow the coffee's foam ring to close and let the coffee rise up to brew a weaker cup of coffee.
  • Try grinding dark roasted beans for this Greek coffee recipe.
  • You can order Greek coffee based on its level of sweetness. "Sketo" or "sketos" has no sugar and may taste strong and bitter. "Metrio" or "metrios" is medium strength and contains up to 1 tsp. (5 ml) of sugar. "Glykys," "glyco," or "vary glykos" is sweet and can have up to 2 tsp. (10 ml) of sugar. "Glykys vrastos" is a sweetened coffee that has been boiled more than once to lose its foam.


  • Do not stir the briki's contents once it is heating on the burner. It will destroy the developing foam.
  • Do not drink the sludgy coffee grounds at the bottom of your cup.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee grinder
  • Coffee beans
  • Small coffee cup or demitasse cup
  • Cold water
  • Briki
  • Measuring teaspoon
  • Easily dissolved sugar
  • Gas stove

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Categories: Coffee | Greek Cuisine