INTRODUCING THE CROATIAN COFFEE
Croatians love their coffee. Forget a café on every corner—here, entire streets are lined with café bars. Coffee-drinkers fill the bars, looking—and no doubt feeling—at home. They sip their coffee, with or without a cigarette; on their own, or with friends. It doesn’t matter if they have company; it’s a pleasure enjoyed either way.
Coffee culture in Croatia is distinctive. It’s not Italian, it’s not Turkish, and it’s not even Austro-Hungarian. Instead, it’s an eclectic mixture of all three. So how did that happen?
The Ottomans had a long history of trying to conquer the region, going back to 1443. In fact, they spent over 100 years fighting the predecessors of modern Croatia. These numerous attempts...