Turkish Coffee Reading Rules and Methodology
Turkish coffee reading the future of a person after consuming a cup of Turkish coffee is an ancient practice started in Turkey during the 16th century. Nowadays, Turkish coffee reading is known everywhere as coffee tasseography.
What is Turkish coffee reading?
Turkish style coffee is consumed in many countries of the world but mostly in the Middle East, Balkans and North Africa. Fortune telling via Turkish coffee reading is another aspect of coffee usage. There are people who believe that images and shapes created in the coffee ground in contrast with the white color of the cup have predictable future happening meanings.
Turkish coffee reading may be practiced “professionally” by some people who make a lot of money as well. Fortune telling is not a science but due to the fact that people who worry about their future exist and are willing to spend money to solve their problem the Turkish coffee reading business is flourishing in certain countries (well- known are Turkey & Greece). Turkish coffee reading is also practiced by “amateurs” in house gatherings for fun and nice time spending.
What brand of Turkish coffee is suitable?
The traditional Turkish coffee recipe of making the coffee might change a little bit by adding an extra half teaspoon of ground coffee. This addition will create a thicker amount of grounds that is needed in the final practice of the Turkish coffee reading. No special Turkish coffee utensils or brands of coffee are used.
Who can perform Turkish coffee reading?
During Turkish coffee reading a “special” person takes a look at the dry grounds left at the bottom and the sides of a cup after the consumption of the liquid part. An adequate preparation of the cup must be followed in order to become ready-for-Turkish coffee reading. The “coffee teller” translates the patterns and not only predicts the future of the interested person but also advises how to proceed in solving any kind of problems.
Coffee cup preparation
- In a calm environment the interested person should drink the coffee slowly from the same side of the cup. After the last sip the person should make a personal wish.
- The top of the saucer is put on the lips of the coffee cup making sure that is well sealed.
- The cup is hold at chest level and is given three horizontal circles (clockwise) in order for the grounds to move around.
- The cup is turned upside down on the saucer by a quick movement. It is let there for a few minutes to cool and dry. At the same time though the coffee ground will slowly slide in the saucer and will create certain patterns-symbols inside the cup.
- The cup is removed from the saucer and it is turned around again. Turkish coffee reading begins. The created shapes inside the cup and the saucer as well are considered having some meanings.
Turkish coffee reading might also be seen as starting with the color of the grounds in the cup. Light color means that the wish made in the starting process will be fulfilled. Dark color means wish-failure.
Finding the positive and negative signs
(a) From the cup’s handle imagine two lines, one horizontal and one vertical that divide the cup into four sections.
(b) The right hand section of the vertical axis is read as positive things that will happen to you and the left hand as negative.
(c) The section above the horizontal axis is read as things that will happen to you in the near future and the below as long future.
There are some mutual accepted types of symbols among Turkish coffee reading experts. Nevertheless, two different persons can read the same cup in a diverse way. The meanings are always left to the coffee teller’s opinion. In Turkish coffee reading it is very important though how well this person uses language to create stories and gestures to convince the interested individual for the rightness of his/her findings in the cup.
The meaning of some shapes
TRIANGLE: Gift or money
TWO WAVY LINES: Travel using sea transportation
FLYING BIRD: Good news
WINDOW: Health in your home
GUN: Argument or fight with someone
RING: Marriage or a new love affair
Reading the saucer’s grounds
After the ground of the cup is read then the final Turkish coffee reading takes place. A translation must be also given to the saucer. The coffee ground of the plate is emptied into the coffee cup. The saucer is hold vertically and the created symbols on it can be read. This action is usually a confirmation of the findings in the cup.