Although coffee is not the first thing that one would think is associated with Greece, nevertheless, Greeks really love coffee. At a quick glance, you will notice that many people walk down the street holding a paper or plastic cup of coffee in hand, while most who go to work in the morning do not miss to pass by a coffee shop to get their first coffee of the day. Others, after work, choose to meet with their friends in a cafe to drink their afternoon coffee, relax and discuss their news.
Coffee is now considered an integral part of the Greek culture, either it is a take-away or a relaxing moment of the day. Every city and region of Greece is flooded with various cafes, some more cozy and youthful, others more modern while the classic cafes are not missing. For instance, the city of Thessaloniki is famous for the hundreds of cafes found along the famous Niki Avenue, right next to the waterfront and of course, around Aristotle Square. On the other hand, the capital of Greece, Athens hosts some of the most beautiful places in the country to enjoy coffee. The famous Monastiraki with the roof-gardens that offer an exceptional view of the Acropolis or the charming spot of Plaka, which is among the most photographed places in Greece.
In fact, Greece is considered one of the top countries with the highest coffee consumption, as it has been assumed that thousands of tons of coffee are consumed every year by Greeks. At this point, it is possible not to make a small reference to the types of coffee that Greeks love to consume. These preferences of Greeks in coffee are so widespread now, that they are slowly beginning to be adopted by various cities abroad.
A timeless type of coffee that Greeks love to consume is the famous Greek coffee. Similar to Turkish coffee, it has its roots back in time, as it comes from Istanbul as well. With a thick cream (kaimaki) and rich aroma, it can be consumed pleasantly all year round, while it is perfectly combined with a handmade spoon sweet. But the “original” iced coffee that has been loved by both Greeks and visitors, and that has become very famous worldwide, is the Frappe. It is an instant coffee, where it is widely known as Nescafe. You can enjoy it either shaken with sugar or even black, while its taste and texture take off when milk or ice cream is added. Last but not least, among the list of the top 3 Greek types of coffee, while it is the most preferred one in recent years among Greeks, is the renowned Freddo Cappuccino. Served with cold foaming milk, it goes perfectly with the addition of cinnamon or cocoa as a topping.
The sparkling sun and the exotic beaches of Greece, the green landscape, and the warm hospitality, create the most idyllic setting to enjoy your coffee like a local whatever part of the greek countryside you visit!