To begin the fortune telling ritual, the drinker must first drink all the liquid, leaving a small amount to mix in with the grinds. It is these coffee grinds left at the bottom of the cup that will be used for fortune telling.
Before the grinds can be read, the cup must first be covered with a saucer, then turned upside down and facing the person whose fortune will be told. In this process, the small amount of coffee left in the cup will swirl the grinds and drain, leaving the grinds to settle and dry where they are at the bottom of the cup. Some fortune tellers will ask the cup be turned clockwise three times before covering with a saucer, but this is not necessary.
It should be noted that it is not customary for a person to read their own cup. The reading must be done by a fortune teller or clairavoyant. Cups used are generally white in color, to contrast good and positive against the dark grinds, considered dark or negative.
The fortune teller will then find pictures or symbols in the coffee grounds, such as animals, objects or people.