Serbs love their coffee. In fact, this is usually the first thing they have when they wake up every morning, right before breakfast. Traditional Serbian coffee, which is also called Turska kafa is the ideal alternative to an Americano or long black. There are different ways of making Serbian coffee, but one common feature is the use of a special long-handled, copper pot that has kept its Turkish name – Dzezva.
What You’ll Need For a Perfect Serbian Coffee
Prep time: 15 mins
You’ll need just four ingredients which will yield 2 servings:
• 1 1/2 finely ground coffee
• 1 1/2 Demitasse cup of water
• 1 teaspoon sugar
You’ll also need…
• Demitasse cups
• A Dzezva or stove coffee pot
1. Finely Ground Coffee (powder consistency)
You don’t need much really. Just get some good quality “Turkish ground” coffee in the darkest roast available. Do not buy the supermarket pre-packaged variety, it probably won’t work unless it’s Doncafe brand or Grand Café. Use finely ground bean that is fine, not espresso style.
2. A Dzezva or Stove Coffee Pot
The equipment of choice is a Dzezva which is an essential tool in making Serbian Coffee. You can buy a Dzezva at most European style delis, but if you don’t have one, a coffee pot will do just fine. Using traditional style tools is not mandatory, so don’t let not having one stop you from making Serbian coffee.
Any type of water will do just fine.
Same as water, any type of sugar will do but I prefer raw or brown sugar. Sugar to taste is the key to making the perfect coffee. If you are new to drinking coffee, you will probably enjoy it more by drinking it sweet. Serbian coffee is stronger than espresso, so add based on your taste.
Serbian Coffee Recipe
1. Mix the cold water and sugar together in the Dzezva or coffee pot, place it on a stove and allow it to a boil. Then pour some of it into a demitasse or espresso cup. A demitasse cup is French for “half cup.” It holds about 2-3 fluid ounces and is half the size of a regular coffee cup.
2. Stir the coffee into the boiling mixture and let it continue to boil.
3. Take it off the stove, add some water and cover it with a saucer.
4. Let it steep about 30 seconds. 5. Pour into small espresso or demitasse cups and serve immediately. You can present the Serbian coffee in the Dzezva to your guests and pour as desired.
Serbian coffee is customarily enjoyed in groups. It’s a great conversation starter and the coffee is also very relaxing. While it’s absolutely acceptable to drink coffee on your own, drinking traditional coffee like this is a good way to spend a few minutes with family and friends.
This is also a great way to enjoy coffee when hiking, camping, rafting, etc. A stainless steel pot will make a great coffee pot for this Serbian style coffee while you are outdoors. Once you get acustomed to making it, you can pre-mix the coffee and sugar so all you need to do is add water and boil.