Lavazza, Coffee Roots: Syria part 1

Uploaded by lavazza on 24.02.2012

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.