In a briki or small Greek coffee pot with a long handle, add 1 demitasse cup of water, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 1 heaping teaspoon of pulverized coffee per person. (A butter warming pot will do just fine if you can’t find a briki.) Bring just to a boil, letting a few bubbles come to the surface. Remove from the heat and pour a small amount of the thick foam to each cup and continue pouring a little into each cup until full. It would be a bad sign if you hand someone a cup without at least a few fouskas, or bubbles, showing!
After drinking the coffee, swish around the grounds and some leftover liquid. Pour into the accompanying saucer making sure to coat most of the cup’s inside surfaces. Place on a napkin upside down to dry a little. With a calm bravado, begin to read your friend’s fortune in her coffee cup. (Only the first born daughter of a woman who reads flitzania can have the knowledge handed down to her to read the cups of others. But the exception begins with you!) Within your cup, you might be able to see some of these common signs:
peacock, bird, turtle, rabbit, deer = good news or fortune
cat = bad sign
2 dogs fighting = bad sign
road with/without obstacles
round-faced person with a gift
a number = as in “4 hours/days/years” something good/significant will happen
a letter = someone whose name begins with that letter is thinking of you (or in some cases, is an enemy of yours!)
tiny bubbles on the cup’s lip = mail or packages (count them!)
If you see a large blob of mud at the bottom of your cup, major worries are still with you. If the blob is partially up on the side, your worries are moving out. Or, you just didn’t swish your cup enough!
Very important rule: The recipient of the reading never says thank you. When the reader returns the cup to your hands, just say, “Good health!” or “Have a good day!”
I published this item in Literary Lunch, an anthology by the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, 2002.