It was the perfect way to spend a quiet, foggy Sunday afternoon: a gathering of ladies for Albanian treats, fruit, tea, and Turkish coffee.
This was the first time I drank Turkish coffee - there's a whole process to its preparation and how you use the grinds for fortune-telling. We don't take the fortunes too seriously but it was fun, and a bit like cloud-watching, to read into symbols we saw and try our hand at interpreting them.
Canan brought the coffee and the cezve (special small pot) all the way from Turkey. Hava added ground coffee, sugar, and water and placed it over the burner until it started to boil and foam at the top. She poured it into tiny coffee cups and we had it with baklava.
After each of us finished her coffee, we placed the saucer on top of the cup and swirled it three times, clockwise, then turned the cup over onto the table. We had to wait about ten minutes for the grinds to cool and dry against the cups. Canan told us we could place metal jewelry or a coin on top to speed the cooling. When each cup was ready, Canan carefully turned it over and began the reading. My fortune, she said, was very clear, with not a lot of distortion or confusion (strange, because I've certainly felt a lot of confusion in my life). Keep in mind she is not very practiced at fortune telling, and anyway it's all up to individual interpretation. =)
- The first thing she saw was a very clear road leading to a V (which looked a bit like a Y): Could I think of a person or place that starts with the letter V? Or is it a long road to eventual victory?
- She saw a tiny bear paw: plans to commune with nature? Interesting - I have plans to visit Portland soon!
- A heart with someone talking over it: indeed, I had just spent about six hours on Friday talking about relationships, with a friend. Though now that I look at it again, it looks like a snake trying to attack the heart, but there are two hands protecting the heart.
- A camel: no idea what this means. Any guesses?
The number 2
- Anything else?
Check out this blog that is all about Turkish coffee, including common symbols and their interpretations!