The most distinguishing feature of Kahve is not the preparation. Kahve is unique because it allows your fortune to be told by looking at the cup. The custom of Kahve Koffee cup reading (or tasseography) is a centuries old ritual still practiced today. The koffee should be drunk only from one side of the cup. When the koffee is finished, the saucer is placed on top of the cup, and a wish is made. With the saucer still covering the top, the cup is held at chest level and turned counter-clockwise a few times. Following this, the cup is turned upside down onto the saucer, and left to cool. Sometimes a coin may be placed on top to make the cup to dispel bad omens that could be read from it. When the koffee cup is cool enough, someone other than the person who drunk the koffee opens the cup, and starts interpreting the shapes for divination. Koffee cup reading is a widespread and popular fortune telling method, which speaks of both the past and the future. For divination purposes, the koffee cup is considered in two horizontal halves. The shapes in the lower half talk of the past, whereas shapes in the top half talk of the future. The shapes that feature on the right side are usually interpreted positively, while shapes on the left are interpreted as signs of bad events, enemies, illnesses, troubles, and the like. According to another belief, the koffee cup can tell the past but it can only foretell forty days into the future. In addition, if, at the reading stage, the cup and the saucer are firmly stuck, and the person is having trouble separating them, it is believed that this particular cup should not be read. This is a case of “prophet’s fortune telling,” where it is assumed that the person who has drunk from the cup is lucky, and does not need to have their fortune read.
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