Greek Coffee Readings

A spoonful of Greek coffee that is in front of a briki that is pouring hot coffee

The Marine House

During my tour in Lisbon I was lucky enough to have have connected with a few Portuguese locals that were friends, or friends of friends, of those that were working at the embassy.  The Marine House, as it's most often referred to, is the Marines' on-site living quarters that also serve as the local watering hole, with its fully-stocked bar and social activities that were open to the diplomatic community.  In more restricted posts, as seen with my first tour in Riyadh, it's common to see this hospitality extended to the expatriate community, with its flourishing population of Western workers.

The Marine House in Lisbon is not unlike the other houses that I have visited, although this one was surrounded with the sunny warmth of the Atlantic Ocean, and remained relatively peaceful throughout the year.  Other Marine Houses aren't so lucky, as you can imagine, and are either located directly in combat zones, or within politically sensitive host countries, and the amount of hospitality can vary greatly.

About half way through my tour in Lisbon I befriended a young Portuguese couple that were in attendance at one of our gatherings.  Suzanne, as I shall call her, and her absent-minded spouse soon invited a few fellow Marines and myself into their lives.  And, in the following weeks and months, the two or three or four of us quickly became friends as we were happy to leave the embassy compound, and enjoy the countryside of our host nation.

Suzanne, as I was to learn, came from a Portuguese-Greek family that is connected to the royal lineage of Greece, and was also adept at the ancient art of Greek coffee readings.  In fact, her non-spouse male companion, Nicolás, was also an intuitive by nature and the two of them would spend hours, if not more, discussing this ancient art while teaching me how to properly brew, drink, read, and then interpret the dried coffee grounds.

The Briki and Drinking of Coffee

Beginning in the dimly lit kitchen of her downtown apartment, we would start with the briki, or the small stove top brewing pot, that was just the right size to hold a cup or two of water for brewing.  Then she would add a few heaps of Greek coffee grounds, a spoonful of sugar, and just the right amount of heat that would bring the pot of water to a slow boil.  Not too much stirring, she would say, as we'll need the coffee grounds for reading, and this is a hard thing to imagine for someone that's never received a Greek coffee reading.

It's easy to confuse this with Turkish coffee, which is a popular variety of Middle Eastern coffee, and I've found there is a common misconception between these two types of brew.  Yes, both are finely ground and served in small doses, with each having its own distinct flavor profile.  Greek coffee, in my own experience, has a softer flavor to it, that while is still strong in its own right, does not compare to the more robust Turkish variety.  Of course, these were made with sugar, to help crystallize the dried grounds in the cup, and that may have added to my experience.

The joy of coffee is in its drinking, and the coffee reading ritual has a very specific process to it.  First, a sip, then as it cools, the flavor intensifies into a sugary, bitter, concoction that is thicker than American coffees.  The brewed coffee grounds, now settled into a sludgy mix at the bottom of the demitasse cup, can't become too dry or we won't have anything to read from.  And the recipient of the reading, or the drinker of the coffee, must have a saucer for their cup, for once the drinking is complete, and after a few swirls of the wrist, we cover the entirety of the inside of the cup with this watery concoction, quickly flip it upside down, and allowing it a few minutes to dry prior to scrying.

By this point in time both the reader and the reading are well-caffeinated and psychically tuned into one another, allowing their brows to fully open, while receiving this channeled information.

The Greek Coffee Reading Symbols

Intuitive readings, by their very nature, are mostly a subjective experience that give the reader a broad amount of leeway in what he or she perceives as a valid message, and is a message that is worthy of communicating.  Some messages that the reader receives can be subtle, and remain unnoticed as they are passed off as insignificant, or only partially received.  When you're centered and properly tuned into your higher channels, the messages coming from our spiritual allies can be clear, concise, and in alignment with the reader's intentions.

An intuitive person that is coming from an authentic source is tapped into a psychic ability that extends beyond the physical senses, and comes to us from realities that exist beyond our own.  Greek coffee readings are one example of how an intuitive, or psychically gifted person, may communicate a verbal, or non-verbal message, that is coming to them from their spiritual allies and includes the use of their fully-awakened third eye, throat, and heart chakras.

These readings do come with a structure, however, and the following examples illustrate how the linear application of time is viewed within the Greek coffee reading:

  • The dried grounds that are located at the bottom of the cup represent past events.
  • The dried grounds that are located near the middle and top of the cup represent present events.
  • The dried grounds that are located nearest the top of the rim represent future events.

The signs and symbols that are seen within the cup can vary with their universal interpretations and what I've learned in providing readings to a lot of different people, is that cultural differences will influence how we perceive their meaning.  I would not assume, for example, that an American providing a coffee reading will absolutely have the same experience that a Greek person would have under the same circumstances.  It's common to receive similar messages from multiple readers, although each reader is connected to their Source in their own way, and will often have a different style of receiving and communicating these messages.

Many of the signs and symbols that you will see when using your vision are tied into their archetypal relationships, and you will know their purpose instinctively, and without thinking.  Most often, these signs and symbols are very specific to the reader, and to the recipient of the reading, and in many cases their full meaning remains unknown to the reader.  From my own experience in both giving and receiving the many messages throughout the years, the clarity of the psychic imprints that come to us through our extrasensory perceptions dictate the hows and whats, of what's being communicated.

This is the difference between psychically scrying with your brow wide open, while remaining connected to your spiritual sources of power, and projecting a conditioned belief onto an inanimate object.  With the inanimate object comes speculation, and with the gifted reader comes a valid spiritual truth that's relevant to the recipient's intentions.