Photo 25: drinking issir





Photo 26: drinking water































Authentic coffee has become rare in Arbore. Formerly it was common, but because of the turmoil of war, impoverishment and the loss of trade routes, today coffee is something special. The Arbore percolate coffee when the ayyan, a helpful ghost, comes. Coffee makes the people high. It is also part and parcel of the bride price and of the whole wedding festivities too.

In everyday life the Arbore drink issir. Issir is made by boiling coffee bean peels, a waste product from the production of coffee, in lots of water. Then salt and a little milk are added and it is drunk hot from a calabash. The peels can be reused up to three times by drying them again in the sun and subsequently roasting them.