GREEK CYPRIOT COFFEE

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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.

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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 (” ,)

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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.

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GREEK CYPRIOT COFFEE

Yield: 1 coffee

Ingredients

  • Greek coffee
  • Sugar (if you don't want it plain)
  • Water
  • Equipment
  • Briki or small pot
  • Teaspoon
  • Cup

Instructions

  1. Fill your drinking cup to the top with water and add it to your briki
  2. Add your heaped teaspoon of coffee and sugar if desired to you briki
  3. Put you briki on the lowest heat and start stirring your coffee continuously until you see a light coloured swirl on top, this is your kaimaki froth. (The kaimaki will be a light golden brown and the coffee below will be a dark brown, check my video below to see the colour I mean)
  4. Now wait patiently and loving, looking at your coffee for a few minutes waiting for it to rise. Don't try to stir your coffee again coz you will disturbed your foam and end up with none, and don't walk away coz you may come back to an overflow of coffee.
  5. When a ring starts to rise around the edges like leather turn off the heat and pour your coffee into your coffee cup. Do this really slowly trying to keep as much of our kaimaki in your briki so you can lay it gently on top.
  6. Serve with a glass of water to counterbalance the bitterness with some freshness. If you want to be authentic serve with something sweet or savoury like some kourabiedes or koulouri (",)

gg Tips

Coffee options - Serves one:

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

The best Greek Cypriot Coffee video

 

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