Drinking Serbian Coffee

Let’s speak about something of a serious nature Coffee! Yes something that everyone either loves or not, here in Coffee or as it’s called here in Serbia  kafa ( pronounced KAh Fa), Is a socially binding drink very much like beer is with sports fans.
It has its very own unique culture, and cafe’s are called Kafić ( pronounced KAH FEE ITCH ). They  are all over the country, in every village and small hamlet  and everyone has their favorite place to drink kafa outside of their home.
My favorite place is by the river that runs on the outskirts of the city where I live, it’s not quite a beach in Hawaii but I have to make do with what I have right?

Normally cafe’s here in Serbia do not sell sweets like they do in the states, which is another good thing for me because chocolate brownies are old childhood friends that I have a very hard time saying no to.

Going out to drink coffee in Hawaii usually means going to Starbucks,  Coffee-bean, and or Seattle’s best coffee shop chains. And I miss some aspects of those coffee shop chains, but since I have been here I completely understand where the concept came from, in Europe coffee cafes are a cultural thing.  Italy and the whole Mediterranean area is famous for this, as are some other countries in Europa which of course made me want to write about this.

Serbian coffee ( or Turkish) is a finely ground type which is made by boiling water in a small kettle called a Jezva ( Pronounced J  EH Z V AH ) when the water comes to a rolling boil add the desired amount of grounds, and wait for it to boil up.
Pour directly into your cup, add sugar or some milk and there you have it, and if you find yourself drinking this kind of coffee just be careful not to gulp down the last of the coffee because you will get something similar to a mouthful of mud!

Filter coffee is hard to find in kafanas here and in the stores it’s a bit pricey, not to mention the fact that filter coffee machines are not easy to find here in Serbia. But espresso coffee is very popular and wide spread. They serve it with or without hot or cold milk and the taste is nice and strong.

My favorite place to drink coffee espresso at the river Morava