[:en]Turkish coffee: history of a tradition[:]


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[:en]A Turkish poet says "It is not coffee, nor coffee is the desire of the soul. A friend is what the soul longs for, coffee is just the excuse". Turkish coffee is not a quick drink at the bar counter in a hurry, but it is a ritual, one of many in Turkey. Its peculiarity lies first in the preparation and then in the fact that its funds can reveal the future. It is not common to find someone who knows and wants to read coffee funds for you, but if the opportunity happens, do not miss it. How to prepare Turkish coffee A perfect Turkish coffee must be prepared by following some rules. The saucepan in which it is prepared is called cezve and is a pot, usually of tin-plated copper, with a long and thin wooden handle from which two cups of coffee are made. The right dose for preparation is two teaspoons of coffee powder for two cups of water. When everything starts to boil and a thin layer of foam will appear on the surface of the liquid, distribute it with a teaspoon in the cups. Boil the coffee in the cezve until the foam is formed again and then pour it into the cups. It is the double boiling that gives it its unique flavor. Traditionally every cup of coffee should be served with a glass of water, while sugar, if desired, should be added before the cooking phase. Divination The custom of reading coffee grounds is as old as Turkish coffee itself, but in order to do that, you have to drink it in the right way. First of all, coffee must always be siped on the same side of the cup. When you finish drinking you have to put the saucer on top of the cup and make a wish. Then cover the cup with the saucer and keeping it at chest level, it should be rotated counterclockwise a couple of times. At this point, turn the bottoms over the saucer and let it rest until completely cool. Once the necessary time has passed, you can start reading. Remember, however, that you can not read your own funds, someone else has to do it for you. For divination purposes, the cup is ideally divided into two horizontal halves. The lower half refers to the past, while the lower half to the future. The forms that are created on the right side are normally to be interpreted in a positive way, while those on the left are interpreted as signs of negative events. The future, however, can not be expected beyond forty days and if the person who interprets the funds has difficulty separating the saucer from the cup, it means that this cup should not be read, because the person who drank it is so lucky not to have need. During the reading, the saucer is kept straight and expects the coffee grounds to flow. At the end of the interpretation, the saucer is turned over once and if a drop of coffee manages to reach the center of the bottom of the cup, the initial desire will come true. It is a fascinating ritual that, beyond the prediction of the future, makes contact with an ancient folk tradition and, even if only for this reason, worthy of attention. Text taken from the book The sky of blue majolica. Article freely translated and readapted from the original post on TravelGlobe[:]

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