Sharing, an Ancient Human Tradition
Turkish coffee, as you may know, remains an ancient tradition, even in our busy, technological world—one in which each cup is individually prepared by hand to the particular taste of the consumer. The brew is served to the guest in a delicate demitasse container with saucer. The cup itself is often nested in a silver or copper holder, or it may be laced with painted artistic designs—all for the purpose of highlighting the special occasion of this important pause, a respite where people are able to take hearty sips in a ritual of friendship, communication, ideas, and sharing.
Even the dregs left in the cup after the beverage is consumed have value in this Turkish tradition. The cup with the coffee dregs is turned over onto the saucer to cool, while conversation continues. The reader of the cup will eventually foretell the guest’s fortune by analyzing the signs, letters or numbers, and images formed in the cup and on the saucer. Does one believe in the stories left by what has been taken in from one’s cup? Results of the sharing is up to the guests.
The “Turkish Coffee Time” show is also based on this ancient and universal ritual of sharing—not only coffee, but of the sharing of our uniquely designed cups found in our lives. Technologically, we can reach out across the mountains and bridges of our various environments and situations. The cultural exchange within this particular televised show is a good opportunity to become inspired and enlightened while being graciously hosted by the delightful Özge Övün who is ably assisted in the coffee ritual by Özül Adıcan. Of course, the production is artistically prepared by TATV. Continue to partake, won’t you?
Judy Light Ayyıldız, educator/author of ten books, including the historical novel, Forty Thorns and its Turkish translation, Kırk Diken.