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The key to a long life could be simpler than we thought - maybe even in our morning cup of coffee. A cup of boiled Greek coffee to be exact - could improve cardiovascular health and increase longevity. But how can you make a cup of Greek coffee?
Nicki Karakatsani, Panos Apostolou, Argyro Vourdoumpa

SBS Greek
1 Oct 2018 - 12:21 AM  UPDATED 6 Dec 2018 - 4:45 PM

What You'll Need:

  • Greek coffee

  • Sugar (optional) 

  • briki (μπρίκι, pronounced BREE-kee)

  • Demitasse cups

  • Cold water

  • Water glasses

The pot used for making Greek coffee is called a briki. It comes in 2, 4 and 6 demitasse cup sizes to create just the right amount of foam — a very important part of the process. If you plan to make coffee for more than six people, doing it in stages is recommended, making more than one pot.

Start with very cold water. Use the demitasse cup to measure the water needed for each cup of coffee (one demitasse cup of water is about 1/4 cup). Pour the water into the briki.

Different Preparations of Greek Coffee
  • Plain pronounced Sketos: Only coffee and no sugar

  • Strong pronounced Varis: 2-3 teaspoons of coffee with 1 teaspoon sugar

  • Light pronounced Elafris: ½-1 teaspoon of coffee + 1 teaspoon sugar

  • Sweet pronounced Glykos: 1 teaspoon coffee +2 teaspoons sugar

  • Strong-Sweet pronounced Variglykos: 3 teaspoons coffee +3 teaspoons sugar

Let the foam (kaimaki) rise

Turn on the heat to medium-low. Stir the coffee until it dissolves and then don't stir again. Heat slowly. The foam will start to rise in the briki before it boils. This foam is called kaïmaki (καϊμάκι), pronounced kaee-MAH-kee. The richer the foam, the better!

Share the kaimaki

The kaimaki can rise to the top of the briki very quickly once it starts. When it reaches the top, remove from the heat and serve. Evenly divide the foam among all the cups, then fill the cups with the remainder of the coffee, taking care not to disturb the kaimaki.

Serve Greek coffee hot with a glass of cold water for each person. 

Good luck!

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