Many of the Turkish coffee drinkers often know to "turn" the cup after finishing drinking and prepare it for reading. It is undoubtedly part of the Macedonian's everyday life. Whether we believe in the "predictive power" of coffee grounds or not, it continues to be an inevitable part of the morning conversation with our closest friend. The custom of reading from a coffee cup, first appeared in the Ottoman Empire, but from there, it spread throughout the world over time. There are many different interpretations of the symbols, as well as rules on how to read from the coffee grounds. But there are also some commonly accepted meanings of those symbols that most often appear in our cups. Although it is possible to read from coffee cup each day, it is believed that it is best to do it on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as to avoid Sundays and the days of religious holidays. It is also believed that it is better to read the symbols at noon than in the afternoon.


  1. The one who reads the coffee cup needs to do it in his own home.
  2. It is not desirable to read the same person's coffee cup repeatedly during the week.
  3. Never add an extra amount of coffee, water or grounds in your cup before reading. Also, don't rotate the cup several times, in order to have more figures in it. It is most convenient to fold it with the sauces and then turn it down in one move. Once you have done this, wait for at least 10 minutes to dry the ground before the reading.
  4. Only one person is permitted to read the cup and the same one has to finish the whole thing on their own.
  5. While someone is reading your cup, it is not advisable to interrupt the person with your questions, so you can unconsciously suggest things and distract him in the wrong direction.
  6. After reading, one or three wishes are usually made by pressing your finger in the cup.
  7. The optimal coffee reading period is from 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. The cup is divided into 5 fields. The first field refers to the person you are reading the cup, the second field refers to the nearest family, the third field refers to the person with whom the person is in an emotional relationship, the fourth part is for friends, acquaintances, collaborators, and the work / faculty, while the fifth side refers to the character of the person and of her home and family.
  9. The order of reading the cup according to the fields is 5, 1, 2, 3, 4. The symbols are interpreted from left to right and from below to the top.

To be continued...