October 28, 2009 / 10:01 AM / in 8 years

Drink a coffee, see what the future holds

TEL AVIV (Reuters Life!) - Coffee drinkers at a popular Israeli chain can have their fortunes told for free if they buy a cup of the brew that leaves grounds at the bottom.

<p>Israeli waitress Lin Tabachnik (L) reads the coffee grounds of customer Asaf Mor at a coffee shop in Tel Aviv, October 27, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen</p>

“A surprise is waiting for you when you finish your coffee,” say waitresses at branches of Ilan’s Coffee House in Tel Aviv, where marketing manager Michal Steg has hired a “gypsy” soothsayer to teach staff how to interpret the residue.

The free service is meant to boost sales in Israel’s highly competitive coffee market.

Writing by Elana Ringler and Douglas Hamilton; Editing by Steve Addison

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