Greek coffee is thick, deeply flavored and full-bodied. Make this coffee when you entertain, to top off the perfect meal or just when you need a litle pick me up!
Greek coffee has always been such a big part of my life, yet I always forget to share it. Many of us love coffee, it gets us going in the morning, picks us up in the afternoons and partners nicely with our desserts. But to Greeks, coffee is more than just a beverage, it’s a process and an experience. Greek coffee demands to be savored.
My own family treats Greek coffee with the same reverence as the men you’ll find in any Greek village. It’s served coffee when we want to slow down time, when we want to sit, talk and enjoy the moment. Holidays are the perfect example of this. After out Thanksgiving feast has ended and the remains of dinner are being cleared and the table is getting readied for dessert (koulourakia or baklava bites) my mom will begin the process of making coffee. When it is ready we serve up small cups and saucers to whoever is present. We sit, we sip, we talk, we refrlect and give thanks. It is the perfect way to end our time together.
As mentioned above Greek coffee is a process. It is not complicated, it’s just not the instant gratification we are accustomed to, which is why it is so special. Greek coffee begins with a small coffee pot. A small, narrow saucepan will work as well. The grounds are special. They are fine and dark. Greek coffee has a very deep flavor that is similar to espresso. This is the coffee I use.
The coffee can be prepared without sugar. This is for the purist only, I find the coffee to be too strong and bitter. I like to add SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener along with my coffee grounds into my coffee pot. I used two packets for this recipe (serves 2) along with 2 demitasse cups full of water. The natural sweetener took just enough bitterness out of my coffee. Not sure what demitasse cups are? See them here. You must add the sugar to the coffee before you add the water; Greek coffee is never stirred and don’t forget to serve the foam!
My mom always asks us turnover our cups when we are finished. Supposedly she can “read the future” by the way the grounds make patterns in the inverted cup. Whether she can actually predict anything is irrelevent; its just all part of the experience.
- 2 teaspoons Greek coffee
- 2 packets SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener
- 2 demitasse cups of water
- Combine coffee grounds and sweetner packets in a small pot or narrow saucepan. Add two cupfulls of water and place over medium heat; do not stir. Allow coffee to boil and to froth up; lift from the heat and set back on the stove top. Allow coffee to boil and froth up again. Pour and serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories 5Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g