Half an hour into our scheduled 3 hour drive from Sarajevo to Loznica, Serbia we are stopped dead by a road blockade of striking loggers. There’s no alternative, says Goran Kombi our driver checking his phone’s satnav, but to return to Sarajevo and take another route. Which gives us plenty of time to chat with him about life, politics, war and, of course, coffee.
‘For as long as I can remember, my mother literally doesn’t talk before she has her first coffee. As for any question I might ask her before that first coffee, the answer was – and is – no’.
Words and images by Fred and Paul, the Balkan Caffeinators
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