Turkish Coffee Reading – Cup Symbols Telling Fortune

Turkish coffee readingTurkish coffee reading is certainly a very popular ritual in the countries that favor this type of coffee.

You can check it out, either for fun or serious approach.

Therefore, here you will find everything you need to know about the way that the professionals approach the matter. 

Using the correct utensils, such as pot and cup, helps a lot in the creation of sharp unquestionable symbols.

So, relax and enjoy your coffee. And who knows, maybe you hold your future without knowing it…

Turkish Coffee Readings – Coffee Grounds With Value

Fortune tellingIn 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.

This type of coffee leaves not only thick but also muddy sediment at the bottom of the cup.

If you swirl the cup and turn it upside down then the grounds will fall down. Consequently, they will leave some patterns on the surface of the cup.

Of course, there are a lot of people who believe in coffee cup reading. The images and shapes created in the coffee ground have predictable future happening meanings.

Coffee grounds’ meaning became available after decoding certain shapes that people started seeing in their cups. An expert Turkish coffee fortune teller can see special icons that either suggest symbols or they relate to certain events.

The important part of reading Turkish coffee grounds is to interpret the impression and not isolated symbols.

Turkish coffee reading is very popular in Turkey and Greece. In addition to them you can also find it in the Arab world, Russia and Middle East countries.

Besides the above regions, US, Canada, Australia  and UK recently became big followers as well. Obviously, all of them have large immigrant population from coffee cup reading regions.

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.php, etc.).

Fortune Telling Turkish Coffee Brands and Utensils

For this type of fortune telling any Turkish style coffee brand will perform coffee ground readings just fine. To put it differently, there is no special coffee brand for this job. But it MUST be Turkish ground (powder). Otherwise the marks would be so light, almost impossible to recognize any of them.

Every cup reader uses coffee of her/his preference. In order to see examples of the best coffee brands you can use follow these links.


In fact, my 3 traditional recipes (Turkish, Greek and Israeli) that I have at my site for making Turkish style coffee need a little twist. Add an extra half teaspoon of ground coffee into the traditional coffee making pot.

Below you can check online stores for a proper Turkish coffee pot. It’s an essential utensil to prepare the correct coffee for cup reading purposes.


This small extra addition will create a thicker amount of grounds. It is just a helping hand in the final practice of the Turkish coffee readings.

It is also very important to pour your coffee into a plain white cup. The contrast of black and white makes images sharp / easy to read.

Since authentic Turkish cups are expensive or very difficult to find just “white” consider the espresso cups. Some of them can easily replace the original cups.

You can navigate around AMAZON and EBAY to see what they have.


You need that to have accurate coffee cup fortune telling session. That’s why all the professionals have this type of coffee cup.

General Turkish Coffee Cup Reading rules

Turkish coffee readingPracticing Turkish coffee reading needs symbol knowledge, experience and intuition.

There are people who do it professionally. Everyone can try it for the fun of it!

Coffee readers are able to interpret the patterns in the coffee cup. They tell the person about past, present and future happenings in his/hers life.

Reading coffee cups regularly it will make you able to recognize lots of the symbols and their meaning.

Check these general rules that cover the basics of Turkish coffee reading:

  • You shouldn’t interpret your own cup. (If you will do it just for practicing symbol learning, it’s OK).
  • You don’t give the same cup to a different reader to double check the given reading. Have in mind that most of the professionals perform “whole impression” and not just cup reading symbols.
  • Turkish cup fortune telling always starts from the cup’s handle. You move from right to left if the person is right-handed or left to right for left-handed.

Photo (above) by ccarlstead / CC BY

How to Read Turkish Coffee – The Cup Reading Preparation

Turkish coffee reading begins with the traditional cup preparation. The purpose of this procedure is to create readable cup and saucer patterns.


1. Relax and sip slowly your Turkish coffee from the same side of the cup.

NOTE: Leave one-sip liquid in the cup. It will help the sediments get loose in the swirling process.

2. After the last sip make a personal wish.

NOTE: In Turkish coffee reading this aspect is very important. As a matter of fact, the reader will tell you if your wish will come true.

3. Place the saucer over the top of the cup (face on) to cover it. Make sure that you seal it very well.

4. Hold the coffee cup set with your hands in front of your chest level.

Turkish coffee reading5. Make 3 horizontal circles clockwise. Your target is to move the sediment around and evenly spread it around the entire inside surface of the cup.

6. Turn the coffee cup set upside down (flip it) with a quick movement. This action will bring the sediments down to the saucer, leaving the necessary patterns that a coffee reader needs.

7. Pass the coffee cup set to the coffee fortune teller.


8. The reader leaves the cup for 5 to 10 minutes to drain completely and cool. The sediments will slowly slide in the saucer and will create the final patterns inside the cup.

  • coffee-cup-reading-marriageIf you prefer to investigate relationships you put a ring on the back surface of the cup.
  • If the reading session is about money then you must put a coin on the back surface of the cup.

9. The cup reader returns you any object that you have put on the cup. At That point he/she tries to gently separate the cup from the saucer. The excess sediments slide out from the handle side of the cup.

  • If a big chunk of grounds falls on the saucer it’s the first positive sign of your reading. “Trouble and worries are leaving you”.
  • If the fallen ground forms a pile means “Money will come to you”.
  • If cup-saucer are tight and the reader can lift them up as one unit, it’s a“Prophet’s cup”. (Meaning: You don’t need to proceed with reading. “All your wishes will come true!” Most of the readers though will proceed with the reading regardless of that…).

10. The coffee reader overturns the cup and holds it upright. The shapes inside the cup and the saucer will constitute some meanings deserving explanation. Turkish coffee reading begins…

Turkish Coffee Reading – The Cup Division Approach

Nevertheless, Turkish coffee reading has a lot of aspects to consider. One significant part is to find the positive and negative signs in the cup.

Coffee grounds fortune telling professionals pay significant attention to where symbols appear on the cup. They develop personal preferences and they stick to a single method.

Coffee cup readers follow their own pattern of reading cup sections.

5 major categories

Turkish coffee reading(1) 5-section Turkish coffee reading cup

The division of the cup takes place in its middle section. In other words, there are three areas determining the quality of a symbol: handle, front rim and bottom area.

  1. Left area = Present time
  2. Right area = Future time
  3. Handle area = Love life related events
  4. Front rim area = Wealth matters
  5. Bottom cup area = Home and family affairs

Turkish coffee reading(2) 4-section Turkish coffee reading cup

From the cup’s handle imagine two lines, one horizontal and one vertical that divide the cup into four sections.

  1. Vertical axis - Right = Positive events
  2. Vertical axis - Left = Negative events
  3. Horizontal axis – Up = Near future
  4. Horizontal axis – Down = Long future

(3) 2-section Turkish coffee reading cup

Divide the cup into 2 sections from its handle.

  1. Left = Past and near present concerning your home. You can see symbols which you can interpret as good things (positive area).
  2. Right = Future events concerning the Out-Of-Home environment. You can consider it as a negative area with evil things.

(4) Rim-bottom Turkish coffee reading pattern.

  1. Close to the rim = Present or near present.
  2. Bottom = Future happenings.

Turkish coffee reading(5) 3-horizontal parts Turkish coffee reading cup

3 parts cup division: Every part has a unique role in symbol appearance.

  1. Top = Future approaching events
  2. Middle = Present status
  3. Bottom = Past situations, mostly related with home, family and relationships
Other important aspects for consideration with any of the above categories:
    • SIZE of symbol. As a result, the big ones have great importance. The invisible symbols are effective-less on the cup interpretation.

Example: Big symbols near the top = “Something important will happen very soon…

    • NEAR or AROUND THE HANDLE symbols. Events that will occur in the person’s house or love life.

Turkish Coffee Reading Symbols – How to Read Coffee Fortune

Turkish coffee reading symbols are shapes with various meanings. Some of them receive global acceptance by coffee symbol interpreters worldwide.

It is true that two different readers can interpret the same cup in a diverse way. In Turkish fortune telling there is no right or wrong.

Due to this fact, every reader has a unique way of seeing shapes in the cup. His or her talent to interpret them and weave them to a concrete conclusion makes the difference.

Professional coffee readers divide Turkish coffee fortune reading into two parts:
(1) Saucer & (2) Cup
Hence, a Turkish coffee reading session is complete after the reader checks both of them for connecting symbols.

The Saucer
It represents the person’s home. Saucer signs give a lot of explanations about private or love life.

The Cup
It represents the person’s out-of-home activities. Cup signs concentrate in answers in regards to business, work,investments and evil eye.

Family and friendship affairs are serious part of cup reading.

The starting point of Turkish cup reading

Turkish coffee reading starts with the sediment in the cup.

    • General distribution of the coffee grounds in the cup.
    • The sediment color.
    • The bottom of the cup.

All the details as a FREE lesson are here.

How to Read Coffee Grounds on Saucer

Turkish coffee readingIn order to be able to read the coffee grounds on the saucer you need a minor preparation.

Swirl the saucer for even layering sediments and drain into the cup. Make a wish.

Save a drop of the grounds. Hold the saucer vertically. As a result, this drop will start falling at the back.

-If it makes a long trail your wish will come true, short one means failure.

You can interpret the shapes on the saucer exactly as of the cup. Its large surface prevents symbols from having in depth correlation.

The Symbols in Turkish Coffee Fortune

Turkish coffee readingA 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.

  • DO NOT try to interpret just isolated symbols (as shown above). To put it another way, the surroundings of the symbol are very important in determining its correct meaning.

Also, have in mind that every reader has his/her own technique for coffee cup reading symbols.

Basic rules:

1. OBSERVE with concentration
3. INTERPRET the symbol.

Nevertheless, to become a good Turkish 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.

To sum up, logical link of symbols’ meanings is crucial in order to have the anticipating success.

Do you want to see actual images of certain objects in the sediments of a Turkish coffee cup?

You can check my Pinterest board for authentic coffee cup symbols I revealed for customers.

You will find plenty of real photos taken from people who contacted me in order to interpret their cups.

Turkish Coffee Fortune Telling Symbols – Short List

In conclusion, building an ultimate and true list of Turkish coffee reading symbols is extremely difficult. Many of them have various illustrations. Their meanings rather depend heavily on the surrounding symbols.

Universal symbol meaning:

  • Letters of alphabet can mean initials of: someone’s name (could be an enemy as well) or place.
  • You can interpret numbers as dates, time or age.

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Below you can check 20 actual coffee symbols that I found in email readings that I did for customers. Here, I give you just a short indication of the interpretation connected with the symbol.

turkish-coffee-reading.php-womanPleasure or a jealous female


turkish-coffee-reading.php-faceA loved one worries about you


turkish-coffee-reading.php-dogYou can rely on friends to help you


turkish-coffee-reading.php-catWrong friend in your environment


turkish-coffee-reading.php-treePositive progress in family issues


turkish-coffee-reading.php-pearSecure financial future


turkish-coffee-reading.php-horseLove adventure


turkish-coffee-reading.php-snakeFemale enemy, jealousy


turkish-coffee-reading.php-birdMoney/gift or news is coming to you


turkish-coffee-reading.php-fishCareer achievement


turkish-coffee-reading.php-mountainTemporary obstacle in your success


turkish-coffee-reading.php-boatYou will be helped by a friend


turkish-coffee-reading.php-tornadoTroubles ahead but fine outcome


turkish-coffee-reading.php-firePassion and love


turkish-coffee-reading.php-heartLove, friendship, faith, trust and romance 


turkish-coffee-reading.php-bouquetLong-lasting love relationship  


turkish-coffee-reading.php-butterflyConfusing friendship. Friend turns against you 


turkish-coffee-reading.php-beanFinancial difficulties 


turkish-coffee-reading.php-keySuccess at something or changing home


turkish-coffee-reading.php-yin_yangFind your balance, endless love


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Reading Turkish Coffee Final Step

Finally, the reading will end with a call from the reader to stamp the grounds with your finger. The created symbol will represent your personality.

The process:
Insert your right thumb at the bottom of the cup. Twist it gently clockwise. It will create new images in the cup.

In this case, these shapes are a part of your character explaining feelings and thoughts.

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  1. Mario provided me with a detailed and accurate reading, taking the time to design a detailed report with included photographs. It was a simple and straightforward payment process through paypal and good value for money. Mario is in demand but will provide a report within three days of payment. I definitely recommend this service and can verify it as trustworthy and beneficial.

  2. Thankyou so much for my reading, what you said makes sense to my life. You have given me hope for the future.

  3. Great page Mario. Have always been fascinated by coffee cup readings. This also reignited my passion for drinking coffee in this style and need to try it “hovoli.php” style.

  4. Thanks.after too much saerching finally i read something useful.i enjoy it.thank you very much

  5. I want to tell you that i have been “stealing” the reading from my mom as she does flip a cup of coffee everyday almost. Some rules you have i knew and some not. It is hard to find a good reader sometimes.

  6. Thanks Jenny for your compliments. I’m happy that I succeeded giving you some insight to your life.

  7. An accurate coffee cup reading. I have suspected that there were jealous people around me and an enemy close by, also predicted a pay rise - this is true. About my love life - there is someone I like and the reading was all positive, a new love has entered my life.
    Thank you very much Mario. Will contact you again after 6 months.

  8. thanks a lot.
    I’ve been doing this sort of thing for many years just for the fun of it and I could read very little, well, now, by knowing the basics, I think I can take it to a higher level than just fun-reading.

  9. thank you. the information is wonderful. i have had my coffee read twice and have been amazed by the accuracy read. i am now interested in learning the technique properly to add to other intuitive tools i use and value. again..thank you for the information that clarifies understanding of this artform.K

  10. thank you for your insightful information. I took a class to read Turkish coffee cups and this was a great refresher for me. Truly appreciated!

  11. I would like to say that my coffee cup reading was amazing and I recommend it to anyone.
    I would also like to thank Mario for his great service.

  12. Turkish coffee reading is found its learning way through this marvelous page. It acquires all those informative details to understand the whole process. I also wanted to thank you very much for the insightful cup reading you just sent me by email. It helped me understand certain things I was worried about.

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