What's with the symbols & pictures in coffee dregs?

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Author Topaz ?
Collection Caravan Stories

The dark, finely ground Turkish/Bosnian coffee stays at the bottom of the cup after drinking - that's where the secrets are. Look into the future by interpreting the signs! 

People say the dregs reveal information from the subconscious - visible in patterns left at the bottom of the cups. There is also a whole etiquette for drinking Turkish coffee in Bosnia as well. 

The Ottomans occupied #Bosnia for centuries and brought coffee etiquette with them once it became popular in the 1600’s. Still today, Bosnians drink lots of coffee, a habit woven into the daily #wayoflife. 

The Ottoman refined sense of #hospitality stayed on as well, creating a cult of congeniality, embedded with centuries of social lore, not least influenced by the rituals of coffee drinking. This remains inherent in Bosnian culture and is as much about tradition as it is enjoyment. 

 For many like myself, a thread to the old country lives on through the coffee brought in suitcases, on trains, planes and ocean liners: a pound of coffee, a pound of sugar, the dzezva and accompanying fildzan. 

Sitting down with company around a table, drinking from small vessels filled with finely ground, perfectly roasted coffee beans has kept Balkan types talking and entertaining with tales of love and woe or war and peace well into the 21st century. 

We all carry that #heritage, regardless of where we come from or what we call ourselves.

I love introducing this way of drinking coffee to people. The procedure itself makes for artistry, similar to the tea #ceremonies of the east and even appears to have a buoyant effect on the drinkers. The #ritual shifts things around, gets people talking.

Our stories, like the coffee, are strong. Stories intertwined with laughter and smoke, bitter chocolate and a hint of clove.

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