The "Bradt Travel Guides" portal has included Kosovo in the list of five unusual destinations for coffee lovers.
Along with Kosovo, there are Ethiopia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe and Colombia, where about 7% of the world supply of coffee is grown.
"You might not think so, but this corner of southeastern Europe is one of the best places on the continent to drink coffee. It is an integral part of the life of the Balkans. In front of a cafe you do business, politics, love and everyday life are discussed.
In the villages and homes you will be served a grainy Turkish coffee. You will be asked how strong you want it - mesme means "medium". If you don't want sugar, say it early enough so they do it without it. In the cities the macchiato (expressed with frothed milk) is common, as is the espresso or cappuccino (usually served with a very sweet chocolate sauce sprinkled on top). If you don't like the foam on the stained, order it pa shkum - or without foam."- reads the paragraph dedicated to Kosovo.
In Kosovo, in fact, coffee - in particular the coffee - is an authentic religion. In bars you order it at all hours of the day, while bartenders and waiters are delighted in preparing these "works of art".
The secret of the “made in Kosovo” macchiato is undoubtedly the milk, boiled creating a creamy part which is then poured into the coffee (unlike what happens, for example, in Italy where milk and coffee are simply added).
- 25 millions of people live and maintain their families thanks to the coffee plant
- There are two types: Arabica and Robusta
- The bar-coffee activities are those with the fastest growth, estimated at 7% per year
- The 90% of production takes place in developing countries, consumption in industrialized countries