The scenic drive from Sarajevo to Mostar wasn't long just under three hours. About half way, we pulled over for coffee at a roadside restaurant. Fuad Zubetlak was our driver for the day and has lived in Sarajevo all his life. With a cup of traditional Bosnian coffee and a case of cigarettes, the 62 year old told us that he typically drinks three or four cups a day and his first cup in the morning is always with his wife.
Coffee has always been a staple in his life. During the Siege of Sarajevo, Fuad explained that although luxuries like coffee and cigarettes were expensive and hard to come by, 'not a single day did we go without coffee and cigarettes'.
'Coffee gives you rest, but at the same time it's poison.'
Words and images by Fred Shively and Paul Kelly, the Balkan Caffeinators.
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