Dallah (coffee pot)

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.