WE MEET A BOSNIAN COFFEE ROASTER, GRINDER, PHILOSOPHER AND TEACHER
Jaso Elezovic runs the Cafe de Alma in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a tiny temple to Bosnian coffee as it should be made and enjoyed. And he should know – generations of his family have been roasting, grinding and serving the real thing for decades.
Such is Jan’s passion, dedication and philosophy about this dark, heady brew (when made and savoured correctly) that we sat spellbound for half an hour listening, watching, learning.
What follows are some pearls of Bosnian coffee wisdom and insights.
'I'm very much interested in the old crafts. People used to do some things better in the past.'
'This process [of making coffee] is what I've been taught by my mother who was taught by my grandmother. So it's a family thing.'
'My dad taught me how to roast coffee. It's always about learning and then experiencing the knowledge.'
'I'm just a guy who graduated from college and went back to the past to find a profession.'
'The future is located in the past. We have to go back and take things that were good back then and put them into this world. Then we will be better able to define our own culture and identity.'
We'll sip a cup to that, Jan! Bosnian, of course.
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