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Dallah (coffee pot) 

 June 1, 2017

By  Dorian Bodnariuc

A dallah is a metal pot with a long spout designed specifically for making Arabic coffee. In particular, it is used in Saudi coffee tradition.

Examples of coffee brewed with a Dallah would be Qahwa, a typical Arabic coffee, as well as Khaleeji, a spicy, bitter coffee that is brewed during feasts such as Eid Al-Fitr.

The Dallah was used by the Arabic Bedouin people in rituals to demonstrate wealth and prosperity. This is notable from the design of traditional Dallah coffee pots, which are typically ornate and decorative.

Traditional Dallahs are made of brass, steel, silver or even gold – the more precious the metal the wealthier the family.

The defining characteristic of a Dallah pot is the pouring spout which is shaped like a long, crescent shaped beak. This  allows those present to view the coffee as it is being poured out, which increases anticipation. This design does cause the coffee to go cold more quickly. Due to this, some Dallahs have a metal flap to cover the spout and to keep the coffee warm. However, a traditional Dallah will have no flap and the spout will be left open.

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My name is Dorian and I am a former barista. I consume coffee in any form, as a beverage, in savory recipes and desserts. My favorite caffeinated beverage is the espresso.

I love to share my coffee brewing knowledge and my geeky coffee research. This blog is one of the places I write about coffee. More about Dorian... If you want to learn more about this site and how I started it, check our About Me page, where I explain all about it.

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