A man in Melbourne says that his coffee cup depicts Jesus Christ's face.

The face of Jesus, or at least a bearded man, is visible in a coffee stain on the cup when looked at right way up. For a while.But a second religious image, the Virgin Mary with a shawl over her head, may also be made out when the cup is turned upside down.

The man, called Jeff, said his sister had been about to wash up the cup stained following her morning brew when she saw the image of the bearded man looking back at her.

"She jumped three feet backward," the Herald Sun quoted him as saying. The mug still hasn't been cleaned and bears the image two weeks on, but has failed to attract a response from Melbourne's Catholic offices. "Once you keep looking at it and looking at it, you will see it," Jeff said.