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The Ancient Art Of Coffee Cup Reading

The Ancient Art Of Coffee Cup Reading

It may be called corny or even a farce, but the fact is that reading the coffee grounds is one of the oldest practices of fortune-telling.

The origins of coffee cup readings stem from the ancient Chinese art of tealeaves reading practised for centuries; originally by monks who ceremonially drank tea in bell shaped cups. Before that, it is thoughts that monks used to read patterns formed on the internal part of bells in temples, so the handle-less teacup was a logical progression.

This was later adapted to coffee grounds reading by the Arabs, who first discovered coffee beans around 600 AD and managed to keep coffee as a secret, having a monopoly on cultivating and drinking coffee for several hundred years. Coffee made its way and became known or used as a beverage in Western Europe and the Americas, only in the late 18th century.

Turkish tradition of coffee reading

In general, Turkish coffee reading is a practice for interpreting cup’s coffee grounds as well as these on the saucer. To begin with some sort of history this event started in Turkey in the 16th century. Until now, tasseography (or tasseomancy) is the academic term for Turkish coffee fortune telling.

The Ancient Art Of Coffee Cup ReadingTasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.

Since the early 17th century, local people of Levant, or in the region around Middle East along with the present day country of Turkey, have known to be regular coffee drinkers. Even on this very date Turkish coffee is one of the most popular forms of coffee in the region.

The Ancient Art Of Coffee Cup ReadingTurkish coffee is one of the most popular open pot brewing methods in many parts of world particularly in the Middle East, North Africa and Balkans

Due to the reason that the Turkish coffee does not go through the filtration or straining process, during consumption a dark and muddy sediment can be seen clearly on the base of the cup. To prevent the consumption of these grounds, one has to stop drinking the coffee when one fifth of it still remains in the cup. It is a fact that none of the local people know that exactly when did this practice of reading the various shapes left towards the very bottom of the cup of a Turkish coffee got transformed into the casual as well as culturally reinforced art of future predicting.

The Ancient Art Of Coffee Cup ReadingThe fortune telling involves reading the coffee grounds left after they have consumed a cup of Turkish coffee.

The Future In A Cup

Today, this practice has become very all across the Middle East and Greece along with some parts of the US as well as Europe. There are a number of methods which are used by fortune tellers to decipher and also read the messages present in the images in the grounds of a small cup of delicious coffee. Some mystics use the combination of coffee and cream whereas some prefer to use the tea leaves. One of the most popular and most practiced forms of traditional coffee cup reading in Turkey is known as fal, which translates into “fortunes” in Arabic.

The Ancient Art Of Coffee Cup ReadingOne of the most popular and most practiced forms of traditional coffee cup reading of Turkey is known as fal, which translates into "fortunes" in Arabic.

Each culture has its own rituals and traditions related to coffee prediction.


Religion is a significant part of coffee cup readings. However, it is understandable that a few symbols must have different reading approach. (Examples include cross, church, mosque, abbey, angel, bishop, etc.).

A lot of people want to dive into coffee symbolism. The symbols in Turkish coffee fortune are not sharp pictures or illustrations.

You can find them spread all over the cup. You must use your vision and imagination to bring them out.

The interpretation will follow. There are many coffee fortune telling symbols which are self explanatory.
For example: “heart” means love; “purse” means money; “ring” means marriage.

Nevertheless, to become a good coffee cup reader you need intuition (which is mostly a charisma). Furthermore, excellent knowledge of the meanings of coffee symbols is definitely a must requirement.

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