Enjoy Turkish coffee at The Welcome Project! Cup by cup, conversation by conversation, Rüya serves to be a positive voice for Middle-Easterners marginalized by the media. The Welcome Project is a project of Wave Pool and is in the process of transitioning into a cooperative run by and for refugees and immigrants in Cincinnati.
Sharing a warm cup of coffee or a pastry is that rare communal activity that transcends culture and experience. Rüya, a Turkish pop-up coffeehouse, is fostering this universal activity through one of the oldest and most traditional ways of preparing the drink. Finely-ground coffee is briefly boiled in a long-handled copper called an ibrik. The coffee is immediately poured into a small cup - resulting in a thick, textured brew. It is dark, unfiltered, and one of the most distinct coffees you'll ever taste! After downing the delicious, smooth coffee from its small cup and accompanying saucer, sludge-y, undrinkable grounds remained at the bottom. But if you turned the cup upside down on the saucer and placed your finger on the back of the cup for a minute to absorb your energy, either Melissa or her mother would then turn the cup over, read the grounds and tell your fortune.