Coffee of all kinds is delicious, but Greek coffee has something a little bit extra about it that makes it unique and ultra-smooth.

The smell wafting through the air of freshly made coffee is something that you can enjoy in our Finchley bakery - and of course, the smell of fresh bread and pastries.

Traditional Greek coffee is part of Greek culture, just as much as the food. Authentic Greek coffee is very distinctive in flavour and something that every coffee connoisseur should enjoy.

What is the history of Greek coffee?

You can enjoy a hot cup of Greek history when you order coffee in Finchley. Greek coffee shares many traits with Turkish coffee. Coffee across the Middle East has a long history, and there are even some questions about who truly invented Greek Coffee.

Greek coffee is made with the finest ground coffee. Unlike many other coffees, the grinds are boiled in a tall, thin pot called an briki.

The authentic Greek coffee is served with the coffee grounds in the cup and typically in a demitasse cup, which is close to the espresso-sized coffee cup.

Once the coffee is poured into the cup, the ground will settle to the bottom of the cup, and it can be slowly sipped and enjoyed.

Greek coffee is the perfect accompaniment for long chats and a side of baklava. In Greece, you might notice that sitting in a coffee shop for up to 90 minutes is typical. It allows the coffee grounds to fully settle and release even more of the coffee’s flavour profile.

Are there different types of Greek coffee?

The apparatus used to make Greek coffee makes the process very simple, but there is still a fine art to making great coffee. The briki typically produces a strongly brewed coffee that has a delicious foam on the top. The foam will be shared between all cups as the coffee is poured - so each cup is perfect.

There are several characteristics of greek coffee that make it unique:

  1. The foam, called kaimika, should be rich and creamy and settled on the top of the coffee.
  2. The Greek coffee itself will be strong and thicker than regular coffee.
  3. And finally, the grounds will be settled in the bottom of the cup.

So when you order one of our traditional greek coffees, that is what you can expect.

There are four styles of Greek coffee, and much of it comes from the fact sugar can be added as it’s brewing rather than when it is in the cup.

  • Unsweetened, which has no sugar - Sketos
  • Semi-sweet, which has one teaspoon of sugar - Metrios
  • Sweet, which has two teaspoons of sugar - Glykos
  • Very sweet which has three teaspoons of sugar - Poli Glykos

The coffee content will also be adjusted with the sweetness.

Another variation of the Greek coffee is glykos vrastos which is sweet boiled coffee, which is boiled multiple times and has no foam.

Often Greek coffee will come with a glass of water and with a small cookie or sweet. Many people order a double greek coffee and then add milk to taste.

Traditional Greek coffee has a unique flavour profile, and if you enjoy coffee, it is a must-try.

Whether you want a loaf of bread, coffee, breakfast or looking for a birthday cake or a wedding cake, and catering for an event, Apollo Bakery is here to help.
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