Coffee Lesson #26


  • a briki is a small long-handled pot used to make coffee
    • coffee made with this pot, and in this style, is most common in Armenia, Greece, Turkey/Türkiye, and throughout Eastern Europe and the Balkans (these two regions have some overlap–)
    • coffee made with this pot, and in this style, is often referred to as Greek or Turkish coffee
  • a briki is a small long-handled pot used to make coffee
    • the pot is traditionally made of brass or copper; however, nowadays, it is routinely made from stainless steel, aluminium, or ceramics
  • briki – Greek; cezve – Turkish — term referenced in two previous coffee lessons (#25 and #24)
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What is Coffee?

What is coffee?

I’ve tried humorous, alliterative, repetitive phrasing, positive affirmations, with this one . . . what’s left? What other angle or answers are out there?

Coffee is . . .

  • fashionable
  • in vogue
  • mainstream
  • popular
  • trendy

Yes, for better or worse, coffee has become a staple drink. Ubiquitous. Universally known and accepted.

A thing with more than acceptance, it has [in some places and spaces] quite the cult-following. I tend not to worry about its popularity though–whether that is the pressure to drink it or the pressure to drink it in a specific way. It’s been in existence for far too long to be anything but timeless and beyond any sort of passing fad, and in this way I will continue to enjoy it, and enjoy it according to whatever my mood and needs are . . .

Happy New Year!

For many of us, the new (Gregorian) calendar year means a fresh start; I can’t think of a better way for that fresh start to begin with . . . than a warm cup of coffee ☕

Whether it was another day, the start of a new year, or the start of a new week for you — I hope it began with your favorite coffee, and I wish you many more to come 🤗

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Happy Holidays!

Whether it’s simply winter break for you, a much-deserved break, that you’re celebrating, or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Christmas, Winter Solstice . . . Happy Holidays; have fun, and savor the coffee!

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Coffee Lesson #25

Greek Coffee:

  • similar to, at times argued to be the same as, Turkish Coffee
    • a particular way to brew, serve, prepare coffee . . .
      • coffee is prepared in a briki, using very finely ground coffee beans without filtering
        • briki: a small pot with a long handle, traditionally made of copper or brass
    • coffee brewed with very finely ground coffee beans
      • when served, do not drink the entirety of the serving–in this preparation coffee grounds are not removed from the coffee when served
    • coffee preparation style that can be found throughout the world, though it has particular prominence in Turkey/Türkiye, Greece, Armenia, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans

Greek v. Turkish Coffee: similar to one another, argued to be exactly the same . . . however:

  • Greek coffee tends to be lighter roast
  • Both can be sweetened, but generally Turkish coffee will add sugar directly into the cevze (“briki” in Greek), while Greeks add sugar afterward . . .

  • In my experience Greek coffee was larger–had more that I could actually drink. When I ordered Greek coffee I was always asked if I wanted sugar, and then how much or what kind (sketos/black; metrios/semi-sweet); glykos/sweet). When I ordered and received my Greek coffee, it was generally served alone, sometimes an unsweetened cookie might be served with it, it was just the coffee; whereas, in Turkey, Turkish coffee was almost always served with something sweet (Turkish delight).
MS Rooftop Garden–Attica, Athens, Greece

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