Athens, Greece, Restaurants

Coffee, Iced or Hot and Gritty – Athens

August 8, 2011 | 5 Comments

greek coffee @ cafe akamantos

When jet-lagged in a foreign country, easy access to coffee is priceless. Fortunately, Athens is a coffee city, so wherever we went, a caffeinated beverage wasn’t more than a coffee bean’s throw away.

David’s coffee of choice was always a Greek coffee. If you’ve never had Greek coffee, you may be surprised to find your mouth full of fine coffee grounds after a sip. The first time I had one at Kefi, my initial thought was that something had gone terribly wrong at the coffee station or the busboy was playing a cruel trick on me. After a little googling, I realized the grounds were intentional. I’m still not completely sold on this style of coffee, but David is a huge fan. He seems to think the grounds are good for him. To each his own…

The picture above is the first of David’s many Greek coffees in Athens. It was from Café Lontos in Thissio. After getting off the plane in Athens, we were directed to Thissio by the concierge in our hotel since we’d arrived before the official check-in time. The neighborhood of Thissio is packed with cafés, but Lontos was the most crowded and had the best view of the Acropolis. David’s Greek coffee (€3.80/$5.40) came hot with a foamy head and a sweet biscuit on the side. David was quite happy drinking his coffee as he gazed upon the Acropolis.

frappe @ cafe lontosI ordered another Greek favorite, a frappé (€3.90/$5.55), a frothy iced coffee drink made with instant coffee. It quickly became my caffeinated drink of choice in Greece. There’s nothing grand about instant coffee, but there’s something about frappés that got me hooked… and it wasn’t the caffeine, at least not entirely. The best frappés have a thick, stiff head of foam, almost like whipped cream but caffeinated, and the frappé at Lontos had just that. In fact, it was the frothiest and most caffeinated frappé I had on the entire trip.

It got me thoroughly buzzed, in more ways than one.

Café Lontos
Apostolou Paylou 33-35 (map)
Athens, Greece
210-3463844

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5 Comments

  • Meister @ The Nervous Cook at 6:44 pm on August 8, 2011

    Ah, so Greek coffee and Turkish coffee are similar-slash-related! I’m definitely into it.

    All of my favorite bloggers seem to be traveling to Greece lately. It’s got me with feta on the brain, for sure.

  • Jenny at 9:10 pm on August 8, 2011

    I love coffee!

  • someguy at 9:11 am on August 9, 2011

    Sounds interesting. I wonder why they use instant coffee.

  • bionicgrrrl at 11:52 am on August 9, 2011

    @Meister – Loved Greece, it’s full of great food!

    @Jenny – Me too!

    @someguy – According to Wikipedia: “Frappé dates back to the 1957 International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki. The representative of the Nestlé company, Yannis Dritsas, was exhibiting a new product for children, a chocolate beverage produced instantly by mixing it with milk and shaking it in a shaker. Dritsas’ employee Dimitris Vakondios was looking for a way to have his usual instant coffee during his break but he could not find any hot water, so he mixed the coffee with cold water and a shaker.”

  • Charissa at 12:55 pm on August 9, 2011

    I have never heard of coffee like that before…not sure I’d be a huge fan either! But the other coffee drink, yup…that’s my thing! I recently made my own coffee drink like that and it’s AMAZING. Sometime soon I should share it on my site…love it when I can have those delicious foamy drinks at home at the fraction of the price!
    Thanks for sharing your fun coffee experience!

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