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Coffee Pot – Syria

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Middle East

How do you take your coffee?

Traveling the world of coffee, I bet you’ll find more different styles of brewing and serving than you could possibly have imagined. Customs vary tremendously from country to country, and are of course also influenced by personal preferences.

Zooming in on Syria, we find beautiful coffee pots, such as this one, almost everywhere since coffee is a big part of Syrian culture. We also find that coffee is traditionally brewed on sugared water, making it very sweet. However, when Syrians serve coffee at funerals, they will typically leave out the sugar, as to reflect the solemnity of the ceremony.

This particular coffee pot was bought in Damascus around 1925.

If you ever happen to find yourself being served coffee by a Syrian, remember to wish eternal generosity for your host by saying the word “Daïmé”.

// Emma Louise Pedersen



Photo: © 2007 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,

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