Reading Turkish Coffee

Want to know your future? Reading Turkish coffee can be good fun.

Turkish coffee is made with fine, powdery coffee grains that sink to the the bottom of the cup. You don’t want to drink these grains– trust me, it’s not pleasant. Rather, you want to leave the coffee sludge in the bottom of your cup, along with a bit of liquid. That way, you can use the coffee to tell your fortune. Don’t worry- reading Turkish coffee isn’t that difficult!

Turkish coffee - maija reading turkish coffeeHow do you do it?

After drinking your coffee, turn your cup upside down on its plate. Again, it’s quite important to leave all the coffee grains and a bit of liquid coffee (but not too much) in your cup so that the sludge will slide down making shapes and patterns.

Next, you have to wait until the cup is completely cold. This allows time for the sludge to drip and take shape.

At this point you can put a metal possession on the back of the cup to help it cool down faster. Or not.

reading turkish coffee coolingOnce it’s cool, you can read your fortune.

This week a Turkish friend of mine who used to read fal explained to me some of the basics.

While looking at the rim of the cup, hold the cup with the handle facing down.

reading turkish coffee directions

  1. Patterns and shapes you see in the coffee on this side refer to the future
  2. On this side they refer to the past

After reading the cup, move on to the plate. Pour any liquid on the plate back into the cup and then read it.reading turkish coffee plate

  1. The small circle on the plate (the size of the coffee cup) shows information about your family and very close friends
  2. Anything beyond that circle refers to other acquaintances, friends and greater society

While you can feel free to make up fortunes based on what you see in the coffee grains and what you think they may represent (ex. a bird in the future could mean that a person will travel soon), there are also standardized interpretations that you can memorize.

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My first experience with kahve falı (coffee fortune telling) was during my first visit to Turkey. Armed with a bilingual Turkish-English friend of a friend, I listened intently as an old man turned my cup around and spoke for nearly an hour about my future and the friend translated. According to him, I should be going to Egypt someday.

I still haven’t been, but I think it’s a great fortune!

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