Unveiling The Mysteries Of Life With Turkish Coffee Cup Reading!

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Two women sit across from each other, a small cup, turned over onto its saucer, is in front of them. The smell of rich, roasted coffee permeates the air. As one woman carefully flips the cup over and gazes into its void, the other asks her questions! You may call it corny, or you may call it a farce! It involves predicting one’s future by reading coffee grounds. Turkish coffee cup reading is one of the oldest fortune-telling practices, also one of the most widely practiced art to this day!

Turkish Coffee 2In Picture – Turkish coffee cup reading session with our host.

The art of Tasseography:

In a world full of uncertainty, humankind seeks answers from every imaginable source. The stars, the moon, the earth, in each other, within one’s self. From these unknowns were born astrology, evolution, creationism, atheism, and hundreds of constructs. Humans define mysteries of the universe, events from the past, and predict the future from it. This also includes the centuries old practice coffee cup reading. Its the art of interpreting images and symbols in leftover coffee grounds, settled at the base of a cup.

Turkish Coffee 7In picture – Coffee cup set and copper pot called cezveor ibrik.

Tasseography, known as tasseomancy or tassology, is a divination or fortune- telling method. The interpretations are based on patterns in tea leaves or coffee grounds. The term is derived from the French word ‘tasse’ (cup) and Greek suffix ‘graph’ (writing)

Exclusively crafted elaborate cup sets designed to aid in fortune-telling are used. It is traditional to read a cup from the present to the future. Reading starts along the rim at the handle of the cup and following the symbols downward in a spiral manner. The bottom of the cup symbolizes the far future.

Preparation of the Turkish Coffee:

The origin of the Turkish coffee cup reading dates back to the 17th century. Inhabitants of Levant around the Middle East and Turkey were the pioneers in this. To this day, Turkish coffee is the most commonly served type of coffee in the area. To be labeled as a ‘Turkish’ coffee, Arabica beans are roasted and then very finely grounded. The grains for Turkish coffee are even finer than they are for espresso. To brew the coffee, one or two teaspoons of finely ground coffee is dropped into a small container.

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Turkish Coffee 1 In Picture – Freshly made Turkish coffee being poured from a cezveor ibrik.

It is usually a copper pot, long-handled and is called a cezveor ibrik. The vessel is then filled with water and placed on a stove or over a fire to heat. Sometimes sugar is added. The dark mixture is boiled for several minutes and is cooled slightly. It is poured into espresso-sized cups and served. The coffee is strong, but not bitter, and its strength is often tempered by sugar.

The Turkish coffee is not filtered or strained. As the coffee is consumed, a dark, muddy sediment forms at the cup’s base. To avoid drinking the grounds, one stops drinking when about one fifth of the coffee remains. The most widely practiced traditional Turkish coffee cup reading is called ‘fal’. Fal literally means ‘fortunes’, depicting the course of fruitful events in one’s life!

Method of coffee cup reading:

Turkish coffee reading practice started in Turkey in the 16th century. This special type of coffee leaves are not only thick but they also leave muddy sediments at the bottom of the cup. When you swirl the cup and turn it upside down, the grounds will fall down. Consequently, they will leave some patterns on the surface of the cup. The images and shapes created in the coffee ground have predictable meanings.

After a specially prepared cup of Tukish coffee is poured, it is drunk, leaving the residue behind. The cup should then be shaken well and any remaining liquid drained off in the saucer. The diviner now carefully looks at the patterns in the cup. They might look like a letter, a heart shape, or a ring. These shapes are interpreted intuitively or by means of a system of symbolism.

Turkish Coffee 3In Picture – coffee cup reading in progress


Symbols can be interpreted as people, animals, and inanimate objects. Usually, the fortune teller will group nearby symbols together for a prediction.

Interpretation of symbols based on shapes and sizes:

House – harbinger of change, success
Mountain – journey of hindrance
Snake – symbolizes enmity or falsehood
Spade – good fortune through industry

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In Picture – A typical cup with white background and coffee residue , used for symbols interpretation

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30 of the most known Turkish coffee symbols:

  1. Ring: Marriage, new love affair
  2. Square: Happy marriage, new home
  3. Bow: Happy event, engagement
  4. Door: Opportunities coming up
  5. Bird: Good news
  6. Mermaid: Business & Love success
  7. Moon (full): Love
  8. Moon (crescent): Good luck
  9. Angel: Protection, good news
  10. Palm tree: Wealth, vacation
  11. Flower: Happiness
  12. Spider: Money coming to you
  13. Nest: Pregnancy
  14. Fish: Career achievement
  15. Dog: True friendship, faithful person
  16. Broken ring: Divorce, separation
  17. Flag: Danger at home, business
  18. Gun: Argument
  19. Knife: Break up with friend / lover
  20. Raven/Crow: Bad news
  21. Mountain: Obstacles
  22. Volcano: You are out of control
  23. Claw: Enemy around
  24. Devil: Danger ahead
  25. Coffin: Death, severe illness
  26. Rope: Bad illness
  27. Mosquitoes: Beware of enemies
  28. Nail: Injustice, dissatisfaction
  29. Octopus: Risk, warning
  30. Cat: Argument, wrong friendship

Variations of Turkish Coffee Cup Reading:

There are several variations of coffee reading. They commonly require for the cup to be covered with the saucer and turned upside-down. In the Turkish tradition, coffee-readers interpret the cup as divided into horizontal halves. Symbols appearing on the bottom half are interpreted as messages regarding the past. Symbols on the top half are messages regarding the future. The cup may also be interpreted in vertical halves to determine ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. Some fortune tellers may read symbols in the left half as ‘negative’ events or outcomes. While symbols in the ‘right’ half are read as ‘positive’.

The Saucer represents the person’s home. Saucer signs give a lot of explanations about private or love life. The Cup represents the person’s out-of-home activities. Cup signs concentrate in answers in regards to business, work, and investments.

Turkish Coffee 5In Picture – The cup represents a person’s out of home activities, while the saucer represents a person’s life.

Others believe that the cup is capable of revealing insights majorly about the past. When it comes to future, it can’t predict events beyond forty days into the future. The saucer may also be incorporated into the reading. As with the cup, different variations exist for what the saucer representations. The saucer sticking to the cup indicates a ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ outcome for some! The coffee grounds are given time to dry against the cup before a reading begins.

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Some interesting facts about Turkish coffee and weddings:

Turkish coffee is not just an everyday beverage in Turkey. It is also a part of the traditional Turkish wedding custom. The bridegroom’s parents visit the girl’s family to ask the hand of the bride-to-be. During this meeting, the bride-to-be prepares and serves Turkish coffee to the guests. In the groom’s coffee, the bride sometimes uses salt instead of sugar to gauge his character. The bridegroom drinks his coffee without any sign of displeasure. The bride-to-be then assumes that the groom is good-tempered and patient.

Turkish Coffee 6In Picture – An authentic Turkish coffee cup set

Today, among all tasseography styles, Turkish coffee readings vividly stand out. This is because they paint the panorama of the coffee drinker’s life in the greatest detail. Turkish coffee reading is practiced widely throughout the world today. It is more than just a guide for most people. Superstitious or not, sometimes its comforting to have an answer or direction. Caffeinated or not, the power of suggestion may be stronger than the stars – or a pot of muddy coffee grinds. So wait no more and find answers for your unsolved queries from the left over of the cup of coffee you have!

Turkish Coffee 8In Picture – Roasted coffee beans and Turkish coffee

Experience the wisdom of Turkish coffee cup reading by our host and enjoy fortune telling by the ancient way of divination! Unfold interesting incidents & facts based on the patterns, shapes and sizes formed by the residue of your coffee. Check out this video for more details!

Enjoy an intriguing & relaxing session and find answers to your unsolved queries from your left over cup of coffee. Have insights on your past, present and future life events through this unique experience. Book this experience hosted especially by Xoxoday over here.