On Holy Saturday morning, the streets of the Greek island of Corfu are transformed into a sea of ceramic as locals throw pots, pans, and other earthenware filled with water from their balconies. The spectacle attracts large numbers of tourists and residents.
Many people come to the local event to enjoy watching pottery being shattered. Visitors stand close to the site where the pottery is broken, although the locals say no one has ever been injured during this event. Some visitors take home a piece of broken pottery as a souvenir. The locals believe that throwing pots is a way to welcome spring and to symbolize new crops that will be gathered in new pots.
Coffee was first introduced by the Turks who invaded in the 15th century. Greeks were not very keen on the idea of coffee at first, since they thought it caused sterility and even leprosy! Once the Ottoman. Coffee made its way into society through the Venetians and other traders after Turks were out of Greece.
The first coffee shop opened in 1841, and by 1880 there were over 400 coffee shops in Athens alone. This number rose to over 2,000 by the end of World War II. At this time, coffee was served with no cream or sugar; it was black, bitter, and strong. Greeks still prefer their coffee this way today.
In recent years, Greece has been cultivating Arabica and Robusta varieties of coffee plants extensively around the country. However, it only produces about 0.2% of global coffee production; most of it is exported to Italy for roasting and packaging.
Tzatziki is the most popular coffee in Greece. It is an afternoon coffee that is made with a lot of sugar. This coffee is sweet, so it makes a great pick-me-up for those who want to go for long walks or run errands in the afternoon.
Ingrid is a type of coffee usually served at dinner, but it can also be taken during the day when you need a boost. It is made with heavy cream and a lot of sugar, so it provides extra energy without making you feel lethargic.
Halkidiki is another very popular Greek coffee that is served with whipped cream and cinnamon on top. It's very sweet and tastes very much like the dessert cinnamon buns (without the nuts).
Mancharica is a Greek coffee that is rarely found outside the country's borders because it's difficult to make. It's made with egg yolks and chocolate bits. When you want a coffee like no other, only Mancharica will do.
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