Authentic Cyprus coffee is made from fresh finely ground beans. The coffee is brewed in special saucepans known as mbrikia traditionally made of copper.
Sugar is added to the cold coffee and water mixture. You need to specify whether you prefer glyko (sweet), metrio (medium), or sketo (no sugar). The mixture is heated to dissolve the sugar, then the coffee is boiled until a froth forms which begins to bubble up the pot.
Cyprus coffee is served in small cups along with a glass of cold water. As it is strong, sip it slowly between slugs of water.
Tip: Do not drink the dregs!
Fortune-telling with coffee
If you are invited to someone's house for coffee, they may turn the cup upside-down onto the saucer and allow the dregs to dry. Much like in the UK where some fortune-tellers read tea leaves, it's considered fun by Cypriots to read your coffee grounds.
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