Lavazza, Coffee Roots: Syria part 1


Uploaded by lavazza on 24.02.2012

Transcript:
Syria is the Arab country
with the greatest love for coffee.
In the streets running through
the markets of Damasus and Aleppo,
enormous replicas of Arab coffee pots
are a common sight
and symbolize the people’s bond
with this brew.
Offering coffee is
a gesture of hospitality.
Coffee is the star of Syrians’ social relations.
Home owners offer it to welcome their guests;
in shops it is a part of all trade talks;
in public houses people sip coffee
while smoking hookahs
and chatting with friends.
Damascus is one of the Arab world’s
oldest and most fascinating cities.
It is populated by hard-working craftsmen
with centuries of tradition behind them.
Located outside the walls of Medina,
Sih-Ouika Street is sided
by dozens of fascinating workshops:
from junk dealers exhibiting
their dusty antiques
to coffee-pot artists masterfully forging
copper and brass pots with their hammers.
The craftsmen’s frenetic work
yields unique hand-made pieces
whose prices can reach impressive figures.
With a bit of patience and luck,
you can make real bargains at the market
and maybe find signature coffee-pots
like the very rare 19th-century Mesels,
named after the Bedouin
who used to forge them for princes and sheikhs.