What is coffee tasseography?

Sep 22, 2019 | Curiosities

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What is Coffee tasseography?

Since the beginning of humanity, the human being has shown a fascination for knowing the future and being able to control the outcome of important events. From the prehistoric era, human beings used natural phenomena to predict the results of his hunting excursions.

Over time, the human being used anything to read and predict the future, such as looking at the stars, the ashes when a bonfire is extinguished, the position or patterns of the residue of a drink at the bottom of a cup, etc

The reading of the residues of a drink at the bottom of a cup is known as Tasseography, Tasseology or Tasseomancy. This name comes from the French word tasse (cup) and the Greek graph (writing), logy (the study of) and mancy (divination).

Tasseography is a term used to read the residues of a drink in general, at the bottom of a cup. This drink can be tea, wine or coffee. However, to refer specifically to coffee, the word Coffee tasseography is used.

Coffee tasseography

Fortune-teller reading at the bottom of a cup

It’s origin

There is a belief that Coffee tasseography is awarded to the French of the 17th century when Dutch merchants began to introduce tea and coffee in Europe. Although, it seems that the art of reading the bottom of the cup of coffee, it has an undetermined origin in Persia and Arabia and was established in Armenia. The fortune-tellers of the time used Coffee tasseography to tell travelers and merchants more about themselves and sometimes to predict the future.

In Armenia, Coffee tasseography is an art that is part of its culture and tradition, which has been transmitted from generation to generation, which is why there are no documents about the methods or the exact origins of this practice.

The first known work on the subject corresponds to the Florentine fortune-teller Tomás Tamponelli who wrote a manual on Coffee tasseography in the seventeenth century.

How it is performed?

To carry out the Coffee tasseography, both the one that will read the coffee marks and the one that will be consulted, must be in harmony and complete calm. The person who prepares the coffee will be the one who will read the bottom of the cup. To keep up the tradition, coffee is prepared in a Cezve coffee maker (also known as ibrik). Once the coffee is done, it is served in a white cup for easy reading.
Cezve ibrik

Cezve coffee maker (also known as Ibrik)

The consultant must hold the cup with both hands while drinking coffee slowly, concentrating on his life and the doubts he wishes to clarify. As soon as the coffee has been consumed, the cup is turned around on a plate, in this way the coffee residue is drawn on the inside of the cup the marks that will be interpreted by the fortune-teller.
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Patterns that form coffee waste on the inside of the cup

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