Turkish coffee is not like most coffee. The thick dark coffee is very sweet and has a distinct grainy texture. This is due to the actual grounds being served with the coffee grounds in the cup. For this reason it is best to let the coffee sit a bit before sipping it and not drinking the whole thing. Not following these pointers Turkish coffee can become a nasty affair.
I knew from previous experience what Turkish coffee was and that I loved it. But when Alex got his first tiny little porcelain cup of it he was surprised.
What I didn’t know about Turkish coffee was that there’s a whole fortune telling culture around it. After finishing my cup our friend Ozlem told me to:
- Place my small coffee-plate on top of the cup
- Swirl the cup with the plate covering it three times in a circle
- Turn the cup upside down onto the plate, flipping it towards myself
- Put something personal on top of the upside down cup
(I put the ring Alex gave me)
- Make a wish
- Wait five minutes
Five minutes later she pulled off the cup. As she turned the little cup downside-up a stripe of brown coffee ran down the edge and she told me my wish would come true. Over the next 15 minutes she continued to look deeply into the cup, finding shapes and figures in the patterns the dried-in coffee grounds had made on the walls and bottom of the cup. Then she continued to tell Alex’s future, hitting home with a lot of observations about our current lives.