Greece may not be the first place in the world that comes to mind when you think about coffee, but the Greeks love their coffee. Coffee is an integral part of Greek culture, and I can’t think of many other better places in the world to sit and enjoy coffee than in a taverna in Greece.
Greece is renowned for its beautiful islands, idyllic beaches, white painted villages and great food. It isn’t so much known for its coffee, but it should be, because it is distinctive. Although for the less-hardened coffee drinker, Greek coffee can be an acquired taste!
Greece is 17th on the list of top coffee-consuming countries in the world. Greeks consume 5.5 kilos of coffee per capita each year. As the Greeks drink so much of the stuff, you would hope they know a thing or two about making it.
I spoke with European coffee packaging experts, The Bag Broker, and they said the coffee industry in Greece is huge and that drinking coffee there is a daily ritual and a serious affair. Visit any Greek village and you’ll see a huddle of older men perched outside the local café (kafeneio) enjoying a traditional Greek coffee at all times of day and night. Drinking coffee is an inherent part of Greek culture.
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