Posted by: nikusjka | March 13, 2011

Greek coffee. Step-by-step instruction.

Having a Greek blog and not having a post about making traditional Greek coffee is a shame. So I decided to improve:)

Here you go a step-by-step instruction with photos on “How to make a cup of Greek coffee”. The coffee was made by my friend and almost sister – Katerina, a great Greek girl.

Before we start, I wanna let you know that there is a big discussion on how much this coffee is really of a Greek origin. People all over Balkans make similar type of coffee, but it is believed that the origin comes from Turkey, a territory of a previous Ottoman empire. Previously in Greece, when passing an order it was simply referred to a ‘tourkiko’ (τούρκικο) – “Turkish”. However, this reference was changed after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974, when Greek-Turkish relations became strained. The recipe remained same but today it is called an “elliniko” (ελληνικό) – “Greek”.

To make a Greek coffee you`ll need:

  • very finely grounded coffee
  • sugar (if necessary)
  • cold water
  • a teaspoon
  • demitasse cups. The name is used for small cups normally used for espresso coffee.
  • briki (μπρίκι) – a special pot for making this type of coffee.
  • fire. By fire I mean a place where you warm up briki. It can be a cooker or gazaki (γκαζακι), which is a special small heating thing, that exists in probably almost every Greek home.

So when you got all we need – let`s begin!

Step 1.

Put water into briki and put it on the fire. Use the demitasse cup to measure the water needed for each cup of coffee.

greek coffee how to make

Briki with water on gkazaki

Step 2.

Put one heaping teaspoon of coffee into briki. The biggest briki can make up to 6 cups of Greek coffee.

greek coffee how to make

2 teaspoons of coffee in briki

Step 3. (optional)

Add sugar. As I described in the post about making frappe, Greek coffee can be also classified by it`s sweetness. You can make it as you like most:

  • plain (“σκέτο” – sketo) – no sugar
  • medium sweet (“μέτριο” – metrio) – 1 spoon of sugar and one spoon of coffee
  • sweet (“γλυκό” – gliko) -2 spoons of sugar and one spoon of coffee
greek coffee how to make

Metrio Greek coffee

Step 4.

Heat coffee at medium low fire, stir it until it dissolves, leave and continue to heat slowly.

greek coffee how to make

Stir the coffee until disolves

Step 5.

Foam will start to rise in the briki before it boils. This foam is called kaïmaki (καϊμάκι) and the richer the foam, the better Greeks like it. This process might be very fast so don`t miss the moment, until the coffee will go over and make dirty all the surface 🙂

greek coffee how to make

Coffee foam rising

Step 6.

Take briki from the fire and serve. Evenly divide the foam among all cups, then fill cups with the remained coffee.

greek coffee how to make

Serving Greek coffee

greek coffee how to makeStep 7.

Greek coffee is usually served with a glass of cold water and some sweets. On the photo u can see traditional “spoon sweets” (glyka to koutaliou – γλυκά του κουταλιού). Their preparation is somehow similar to the marmelade`s (jam) preparation, but usually the fruit remains firm and whole. Spoon sweets can be made from almost any fruit, though sour and bitter fruits are especially prized. There are also spoon sweets produced without fruit.

greek coffee how to make


Greek coffee is enjoyed with friend or family and a cup might last for couple of hours.




  1. It seems you have a real,real passion for Greece .
    You couldn’t have found a better photo….to display your liking for our country…
    The presentation of the ritualistic procedure to make “GREEK” coffee,is so vivid in every detail. I totally enjoyed every step of it.
    You are very welcome to join us and our culture at any time..
    Thank you

    • Euxaristw polli! I`m really glad that you enjoyed reading my blog – that`s why it`s worth to write it 🙂 So thanks!
      Stay in touch for more of my Greek experiences and I hope to see you in Greece next time I`m there:)

      • Your limitless enthusiasm for Greece and your great interest in our history and culture have deeply impressed me.Certainly I will stay in touch with great pleasure.Hope to see you sometime.
        Best wishes

      • I`m really flattered :))
        yea I know, I`m kinda a Greece freak in a way 🙂 but really, I could go hours and hours talking about Greece, cos it`s an incredible place, and people, and food, and and :)))
        Where in Greece you are from and what are you doing in life, my new found friend? 🙂

  2. […] Put everything is a small pot or better in briki and warm everything, without boiling the ingredients, on a gas stove. How to make rakomelo at home. […]

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