In response to this week’s WPC – From Every Angle
I’ve had the pleasure of attending Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority’s “Arabic Coffee Masterclass” today. As expected it was very interesting; would you believe there are 91 points of etiquette in the serving and receiving of “ghawa”?
Coffee is brewed in a dallah; each Gulf Country has a slightly different design and I took the opportunity to snap one of the Emirati ones “from every angle.” This icon of Emirai hospitality appears on the back of the one dirham coin; Sheikh Zayed decreed that rather than his profile, the UAE coinage would show symbols of the UAE.
The dallah has a long spout as traditionally, fibre from the palm tree trunks would be rolled into a ball and wedged at the top to create a filter, stopping any stray coffee grounds reaching the guests’ cups.