If you ever put your feet on Balkans, you surly noticed full coffee shops and people drinking coffee no matter of the time. In fact, here we can speak about special culture of preparing and drinking coffee…
Surly it’s a national drink of Bosnians and Herzegovinians since the arrival of Ottomans. Traditional Bosnian coffee, which is known as a Turkish coffee in the whole world, is prepared in the special coffee pot, called džezva, and served in special miniature coffee cups, called fildžan. This coffee, made by boiling ground coffee beans with water, is really strong. It’s always served with sugar, little lokum sweets (it’s mostly eaten after drinking) and running water. Be careful if you’re not used to drink it. In Sarajevo, it’s said that’s enough clean and it’s really good for a health…. But it’s also true you can get a runny tummy after the 1st degustation.
Just to show you džezva and fildžan
If you don’t want to try Bosnian coffee, you’ve got other choices. According to the local people, you can take:
- expresso - yes, you read well, that’s changed name of espresso :) ; it’s not exactly like coffee to go, it’s rather coffee which needs to be drunk really fast.
- polako (a word very often used on Balkans; it means slowly, not to hurry)… coffee for degustation even during few hours…
Attention ! if You don’t want to look like a foreign, you should order coffee with another drink. Here, the most shocking for me, it’s mix coffee – coca cola, or coffee – orange juice… I really don’t understand it and I can’t drink it…
What you also need to know is that you should never refused a coffee. It’s really not well seen, it’s like you refuse hospitality….