Wednesday, June 19, 2013


I started sipping Greek coffee about five years ago. 
Many decades before that
my caffeine concoction of choice was tea,
 as evidenced by the paraphernalia below!

One day, out of the blue,
my brain dropped a bomb 
on my taste buds and
 a chronic craving for Greek coffee 
exploded inside me!

How could this be?
 I hated the taste of brewed coffee.
It was going to take more
than some fancy froth 
to make a convert out of me!

Even dreamy clifftop cafes 
with views of blue hues
serving foamy wonders 
of waves in 'au laits',
fell short!

And that's when I knew
a force more powerful than mankind
was the cause of my chaotic, 
caffeine obsessed mind!

Mother Nature
decided that it was time 
my hormones braved
 the high incline to climb
 menacing Menopause Mountain,

where higher elevations in estrogen
are responsible for many physical changes,
among them, the onset of heart disease.

Was she protecting me
from this scary malady

by tweaking
 my tendency for 
and dependency on

in favor of this 
super powered elixir
hailed for its longevity?

Yes, apparently!
...And so, 
with the help
of her trusted,
mortal medicine man,
they spread the word.

Across the world
it was heard!

this finely ground bean
when boiled, not brewed,
 and on a daily basis
 consumed, in the company
of friends and following a nap

helps your heart 
go pitter pat
eight years longer,
beating stronger
than those who pass
on its long -life powder!

Thanks for visiting!


All images: Google,
  except 2, 7, blue collage: top right, 
and where otherwise stated.

For more information on the super powers of
Greek coffee, click on the following links:


  1. Poppy, nothing like hormones throw us for a loop :) I never heard of this.. Wow talk about an amazing bean!!! where do we get something like this? does it taste different boiled? Well, anything that makes us live longer is wonderful...

  2. I drank tea all my life until in my 50's when the doctor found a kidney stone and said coffee was okay, but tea was not. And I enjoy coffee more than I ever enjoyed tea! Your photos are lovely.

  3. Stunning pictures! I am and always have been a coffee drinker, but I also love tea. Will need to try this Greek coffee :)

  4. I'm going to have to look at those Dr. Oz! My husband is huge fan of his.

    I love coffee! Now I want to try some Greek coffee, it looks so dark and rich!

    Love the dish display!

  5. Hello Poppy

    Well this lover of coffee and tea has learned something new. I know I would lover the Greek coffee. I have a deLonghi exprsso/cappucino maker that gets several workouts daily
    Greece is calling me

    Helen xx

  6. Oh, Greek coffee, there is nothing like it. Of course sitting outdoors at the highest point in Athens with the sun setting, a concert in an amphetheater starting up, the memories. Beautiful times and tasty coffee. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Paula

  7. Hi Poppy! Loved this post:) I am a huge coffee drinker and have never had GREEK coffee!!! I must try it. Coffee is one of the few things that they is NO scientific evidence of it doing any harm to our bodies (other than keeping us from sleeping). I'll have to check out these links:) and I'll be over to try some of that coffee!! xxleslie

  8. Με ένα φλιτζάνι ελληνικό καφέ στο χέρι,
    σου στέλνω την καλημέρα μου !

  9. I love coffee, but I've never tried it Greek style! What wonderful health benefits, loved your rhyming post and thanks for sharing!

  10. Well, my dear. Following that emphatic and inspirationally illustrative post exulting the benefits of Greek (not Turkish) coffee, I am now fully converted. I shall stock up on my Greek coffee supplies next month when I am in Crete and will ensure that the famed black elixir of life is part of my daily diet. Especially since my hormones have been up that dreaded mountain sometime now, and anything that can mitigate their chaotic effects is always welcomed. I also hope to partake in the beverage when I see you, accompanied by some mouthwatering Cretan biscuits or sweet cheese pies (Kalitsounia).



  11. Greek coffee sounds interesting I've never had it before. I'll have to check it out and it has great benefits.

  12. Wow! The perfect post, Poppy! Beautiful, informative, and fun! Love it! Hope you are having a lovely summer! Bess

  13. I would love to enjoy Greek coffee with you in beautiful Greece!! :) Do they also serve it as iced coffee? When the temps are in the 90s and 100s, I need something cold! xLoi

  14. What a beautiful post!! And full of so much info too!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  15. Greek yogurt is soooo good, so I'm sure coffee is too, although I must say I'd rather brew mine than have the 'instant kind' here....but I take your word:)

  16. Poppy,
    My heart and soul feel refreshed and renewed after my lovely visit to you-and oh such useful information for us Ladies of a certain age! With the salty sea,
    sunshine on our shoulders and good conversation we will all find ourselves renewed from visiting you!
    Happy Hugs and Happy Weekend-

  17. What a very clever post. I was traveling in Greece many years ago and found that I loved the coffee. I enjoyed watching people sitting out and enjoying their coffee. Now, I can't drink anything with I'm an herbal tea drinker, but I do remember that wonderful coffee.

  18. I'm so glad you've found your drink of choice, Poppy! I'm still a tea drinker, but then again, I've never tried Greek coffee. I do remember seeing it on Dr. Oz, though.
    Happy weekend!

  19. That sounds delicious! I used to be a tea drinker, but began to enjoy coffee in my mid- twenties. I've never had any coffee that looked anything like your lovely brew!

  20. I am an unabashed fan of coffee but I have never had Greek coffee. The fact that it is boiled intrigues me. I'll have to try it someday!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.


  21. I have never had Greek coffee and did not know that it was touted for healthy benefits....what a fun post !:)

  22. Fabulous, is this also referred to as Turkish coffee?
    Thank you for this wonderful post!

  23. I loved coffee when we were in Greece!! I drank tea for many years and then suddenly started drinking coffee at work, perhaps because they opened a Tim Horton's nearby LOL!

  24. What a gorgeous blog! I'm so happy I stumbled upon this post via Mosaic Monday. Your pictures make my heart sing! And I will definitely be looking into trying some Greek coffee, too! Have a beautiful day!

  25. Brilliant Poppy! Things do change when you head up the menopause mountain. Actually for me, it was just after my first pregnancy that I started to drink coffee and didn't even like the smell of it before.
    Never looked back, coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.

  26. Hi: What a beautiful place in live in. I have a room mate right now for there. It looks delightful. Blessings, Martha

  27. You have shared such a beautiful post! Just looking at those images of Greece really lifted my mood. Blue sky and white buildings...bright flowres...all lovely. Your china cabinet is gorgeous with all your china.
    I am glad you found your blessing in this coffee. I haven't heard of it at all. Thanks so much for sharing.

  28. Poppy - we love your blog and your post today is AWESOME!! The pictures of Greece are so beautiful and 'Menopause Mountain' - we totally understand. Let's get to the coffee - WE LOVE COFFEE too! Fabulous fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT and appreciate you always linking back to BeBetsy.

    The very best to you-
    Sharon and Denise

  29. We shared your wonderful post on Facebook - -
    Sharon and Denise

    1. Hi Girls,

      Just had a look...thank you SO much for the shout-out; very much appreciated!!:))


  30. Great post, I would love it! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  31. Great story Poppy, and AMAZING photos! I just rediscovered coffee myself, after a long hiatus. I even saw coffee extract supplements on a vitamin website the other day! Thanks for joining us at the Hop, please come join in again!
    xoxo, Andrea

  32. Really! Fascinating post, Poppy - I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

  33. You live in such a beautiful part of the world, Poppy. I always begin my day with coffee and I have drank coffee most of my life. {I only really started to drink tea the last twenty years or so.} I've never tried Greek coffee though. The yogurt is fabulous so I'm thinking you're right about the coffee too. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Have a beautiful day.



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