The recipe was passed down from mother to daughter since the 13th century...
Mr. Takis Philippou, the first man who commercialised Filfar (passed away in 2001), revived the liqueur in the early 1940s, when he was working for the British Army in Cyprus. His grandmother, Chrystallou Kouri, inherited this recipe from her ancestors, who got it from the monks of Kantara where there was a monastery. The recipe was passed down from mother to daughter, (since the 13th century) by word-of-mouth.
Takis took a bottle of his grandmother’s liqueur to his officer one day just to taste, the British Officer liked it so much, he asked him to bring some more for his superior. Eventually he encouraged Takis to start manufacturing commercially.
Demand grew rapidly for his unique drink and Takis opened a small factory soon after the Second World War in Famagusta. He realised that he needed a name and to register a company in order to operate.
The name FILFAR was given by accident. He actually wanted to name it “FILFAB” the three first letters from his surname “FILIPPOU” and the first three letters “FABRIQUE”. The registrar’s office took the last letter as an “R” and registered the name as FILFAR.
Due to popular demand, international and domestic, Demos is relocating to newer larger premises in Monagri Village in order to produce larger quantities of this highly sought after liqueur.