I don’t have a lot of loose leaf tea, but I enjoy a little casual Div and I am not a human being before 9 without a strong dark roast with cream.
Pour a cup of your favorite coffee (I will always prefer fresh ground and french press, but I don’t always have access to either).
Sweeten how you like, stir, and slowly add the (cream, milk, nondairy lightener of your choice)
Clear your mind, unfocus your eyes, and watch the pale swirls bloom on their own. Look for images or symbols, any pattern that is relevant to you that seems to appear. Apply what you see to your day in whatever way is relevant to your needs.
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you can pretty much do divination with anything, food or drink. But, as a barista and a witch, I’ve done plenty of coffee divination. They do this a lot in Eastern Europe, especially with Turkish coffee. I had a customer whose grandmother would do this with the family every day with their morning espresso.
(just a barista snob note, the OP mentioned they drank “strong, dark roast.” Well, the darker the roast the less caffeine in the coffee. It may taste strong, but if the coffee is dark, all of the caffeine has been cooked away. Light roast coffee has more caffeine, even though it doesn’t taste as strong as dark roast.)
You can do coffee divination many ways. If you’re a barista, or making your own coffee, or making coffee to read for someone else, prepare the coffee mindfully. Intention is a big thing here. You intend to divine with this coffee. But, if you’re like me, and you don’t remember to prepare the coffee with intention, that’s fine, too.
I have a witch friend who casts a spell on her tea every morning. She holds the cup and blows into it, making sure it swirls clockwise. She blows her intentions and blessings into the coffee - good day, lots of customers in her shop, healing, etc. It’s really easy, and I do this with lots of things I drink - I blow in my magic, swirling it with the liquid.
Gazing into the coffee is like scrying, looking for symbols and images in the physical liquid. Just because you might not see something with your eyeballs doesn’t mean you.
Another form of coffee divination is reading the images and shapes in the cup after you’ve consumed the contents. This works for any cup - a white paper cup, a coffee cup, a travel mug, etc. There’s a whole system of which parts of the cup mean which thing (past, present, physical, emotional, spiritual, etc) and those systems are nice, but mostly trust your intuition.
Tip the cup upside down onto a saucer, napkin or the lid. Give it a quick spin, completely around, and flip it up. Much like tea leaf reading, gazing into the cup will reveal your fortune.
You can use a dictionary or book of symbols to look up correspondences, but usually I just go with my gut. If a book says a tower means one thing, but I’m thinking of something else, I’ll go with my own intuition rather than the book. For example, if the book says a star means Hollywood or success, but I’m talking to a friend who works for NASA, a star might mean something different. So, like anything, use intuition and context.
The coffee doesn’t need to have cream. If can be done with black coffee, creamy coffee, a latte, or hell, even a smoothie. Pay attention to not only the dredges left in the coffee, but the shapes left by the absence of dredges. The bubbles or milk might outline something very important to you. So, look at what is there, and what is not there. Your cup always has something to say!