I love coffee! The aroma wafting through the kitchen as I brew my morning cup is amazing. I do not prepare anemic drip coffee, which is not even marketed here, but a modified type of robust Turkish coffee. My niece Paula describes it as ‘rocket fuel’ and it is far stronger than the standard American brew. My morning ritual begins as I leisurely sip my coffee while reading emails. A wonderful part of my day, morning coffee and reading news from friends and family in the states.
I believe my love of coffee is one of the reasons I have adapted so easily to the Croatian coffee culture. It is a fundamental social activity, often enjoyed best with friends and family but any acquaintance can fill in the gap. All important life experiences are deliberated over a cup of coffee: falling in love, marriage, divorce, deals made, being hired and fired, favors requested – basically every decision can and is made over a cup of coffee.
Our Croatian coffee culture is completely different than in the United States; here it is a social activity. In the United States it is about enormous paper cups, jumping into a car and driving to work. Here we sit and sip from ceramic cups with saucers and always a glass of water, a very small demitasse can last for hours and hours. The preparation and flavor is pure magic in the hands of Croatians. There is never a rush to clear the table and waiters will only come when beckoned, perhaps for another order. Our typical cafes are filled with people sitting together, sharing and talking, not glued to their iPhone sending messages.
During the wet cold winter months when the weather is challenging I can fight the winter gloom easily. Knowing my friends will be there, I feel the pull of our warm, toasty café. Despite having to wade through the rain, I eagerly head out the door to make my way down to my favorite waterfront café. Cherishing my ritual, spending hours enjoying a small espresso with friends, is a priceless experience of life here.
When you visit Dubrovnik take the time to enjoy our coffee culture and savor the experience. Do not be concerned if you are not a coffee aficionado. You may cherish your beverage of choice be it tea, soft drink, mineral water or perhaps a glass of our Dalmatian wine. The ideal end of a perfect day enjoying Dubrovnik culture should be spent sipping espresso and partaking in a slice of krempita at the Gradska kavana, one of my favorite spots in Dubrovnik.
“Idemo na kavu” join me for coffee, relax, spend quality time and learn more about our culture.