A vast majority of people drink coffee every day, but for Lebanese people, coffee shapes our society and heritage. The 45 symbols I created are inspired by my culture’s traditional custom, and my father’s passion for reading the good fortune in the marks left in the cup. Morning coffee out of the “fenjen” (cup) is crucial, and it is part of our culture’s norms. In our family, after drinking the coffee, the cup is reversed and placed face down to let the remaining coffee drip downwards and create a pattern that would later on be interpreted by my father.
Yara Antoun is a junior at the Lebanese American University, Jbeil campus. She’s a 20-year-old Lebanese student with an interest in the arts. She is currently studying graphic design and will graduate in 2020.