When I was growing up the smell of Greek Cypriot coffee was always around.
My dad would drink it a few times a day and still does, and whenever we would have visitors or we would go and visit family and friends the adults, mainly the men would drink it.
I don’t drink coffee coz I don’t like the bitter taste,
Well apart from the phase I went through where I would order a cappuccino and end up adding 7 tsp of sugar into it just so it wasn’t bitter and then I’d only drink the creamy froth ha ha (“,)
Even though I don’t like the taste of coffee I really like the smell and love making it.
Well you kinda have to if you are bought up in the Greek Cypriot culture, coz us Greek Cypriots love our coffee, with me being the exception (“,)
So as a kid I’d watch my mum making coffee after coffee and loved watching the kaimaki rise.
Kaimaki (καϊμάκι) is the foam that sits on top of the coffee, and the richer and creamier it is the more likely it will pass the Greek Coffee test and get drunk.
If your kaimaki isn’t on point then your coffee is going to get sent back.
My mum though never had her coffee refused,
She would get given a £1 coin from my papou for every coffee she would make him, and my other Papou until this day greets her coffee with a “eeeaaaahhhh!” It’s a Greek thing lol
Just to prove she has still got it My hubby tried Greek Cypriot coffee for the 1st time when we first got together when my mum made it for him and he instantly loved it. So when we went to Cyprus he had some and boi was he disappointed.
The coffee was watery – because they hadn’t added enough coffee, stingy people, and….
The kaimaki was non existence – they ever stirred it too much or too little or cooked the froth out.
When he told my mum how disappointed he was with the coffee and her Greek Cypriot coffee was the best he had, she was over the moon, as many Greek Cypriots are about their food coz they take a lot of pride in their hospitality.
Hubby put me to the test and asked me to try and recreate my mums version and I’m proud to say I’ve passed the test,
Plus my dad said I’ve nailed it too and he’s Mr fussy (“,)
So if you follow my technique you’ll be guaranteed to be drinking the best Greek Cypriot coffee ever (” ,)
Before we get into the technical first you have to decide how you want to drink your coffee:
Sketos (σκέτος) – Plain coffee, bitter and strong; 1 heaping tsp Greek coffee
Metrios (μέτριος) – Medium coffee, half sweet half bitter; 1 heaping tsp Greek coffee and 1 tsp sugar
Glykos (γλυκός) – Sweet coffee; 1 heaping tsp Greek coffee and 2 tsp sugar
Just remember when you are measuring out your coffee you don’t add just a teaspoon of coffee but you add a big heaped spoon of coffee.
To measure out the amount of water you will need fill the cup you will be serving the coffee in and repeat this for the amount of people you will be serving.
It’s best to make your coffee in a briki (μπρίκι), or a small coffee pot, like the one I’m using in the video below.
The best Greek Cypriot Coffee video