Omani pottery. Two common Omani coffee pots with incised geometric decoration in the neck of the pot.
For detailed information on coffee making and drinking in Oman see Ref 2 Tribute to Oman. "Arabian folklore credits the discovery of coffee as a drink to a goatherd named Al Shadri. He observed that this goats did not sleep after the leaves and berries of a particular bush. He tried the fruit and found reduced fatigue and gave him energy. He picked the berries and carried them with him but over time , the dried out making it difficult to eat the fleshy pulp. To soften the berries he boiled them in water and coffee drinking began! "
Traditionally the coffee beans are roasted over the coals of a wood-fire. Two flat rocks were once used for grinding and later the more familiar pestle and mortar were used. It is Cardamom (imported form Malabar) that gives Omani Khawa its distinctive flavour. Palm fibre is used as a coffee filter! Height 15 en 18 cm.