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How To Enjoy Turkish Coffee
After a good meal, there’s nothing like a strong cup of Turkish coffee. Other than
the fact that it comes from a roasted bean, Turkish coffee has little to do with the
caffeine fix served in a Styrofoam cup at rush hour. Instead, it is a beverage that
involves a ritual to be enjoyed slowly. Obviously, people might not ask for Turkish
coffee at traditional coffee venues like Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks or Panera. But in
smaller coffee houses, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurants, people will
ask for Turkish coffee and expresso to cap off a good meal.
Although it may not come in varieties like mocha, latte, double latte, frappuccino,
hazelnut, vanilla or gourmet raspberry, the appeal of Turkish coffee could be in its
simplicity. And its thick, gritty consistency means that the grounds remaining at the
bottom of the cup can be read. See more about serving Turkish coffee..
The ritual of understanding the meaning of symbols in coffee grounds is an art. It
is closely related to tasseography, the art of interpreting the symbols in tea leaves.
Images formed at the bottom of a cup can be interpreted as omens for the future. A
seasoned reader could see special meanings in these forms. A dog may mean a
good friend. A fish may mean good things on the way. A house may mean money
and wealth on the way. Since people might not universally agree on such
interpretations, this is clearly not an exact science. But it’s an art of sorts and if
done lightly and harmlessly, it can be a fun thing for friends to do together.