The fact that coffee is associated with the daily life of the Greeks is well known. And if it isn’t, you’ll soon find out when you visit Athens. There are so many cafes serving a huge variety of really good quality coffee. But in the case of Rizopoulos, coffee has a history.
The story of the Rizopoulos family’s involvement with coffee begins in the early twentieth century, specifically in 1901, when Andreas Rizopoulos arrived in Athens, where he rode his bicycle through the neighborhoods of Athens. He used a small hand-operated grinder to grind coffee beans for passers-by and customers of the traditional cafes of the time, who insisted on the quality blend and the traditional way of making Greek coffee (in the hovoli). Today the tradition of the Rizopoulos family in the art of coffee is continued by his grandchildren.
It is one of the oldest coffee spots in the center of Athens, near Kotzias Square. ‘The oldest coffee house, founded in 1901’ is written on the signboard. The three types of Greek coffee on offer (blonde, dark, and black) are made from a blend of the best Brazilian varieties. It is a bestseller, together with the espresso and filter coffee produced by the Rizopoulos family.