How about a cup of coffee?
“Coffee is far more than a beverage. It is an invitation to life, disguised as a cup of warm liquid. It’s a trumpet wake-up call or a gentle rousing hand on your shoulder … Coffee is an experience, an offer, a rite of passage, a good excuse to get together.” ― Nichole Johnson
Morning coffee, lunch coffee, afternoon coffee, sometimes even evening coffee…There is no bad time for drinking coffee, there is only bad coffee and bad coffee friends. Locals have perfected the art of “taking a coffee”, as it is called, often making a single coffee last for hours. This is mostly because the experience is not really about drinking coffee, but more about socializing.
Tourists descending upon Croatia, especially the coast, are quite often surprised when they see how relaxed the atmosphere is and how eagerly the citizens of Split for example, hog chairs and tables on café terraces in the squares and streets of this city.
So all of you out there planning to blend with locals on your vacation and immerse yourself in Croatia’s habits and tradition, these are two basic goals you might want to aspire to:
– once in a coffee shop, sit back, relax and forget the notion of time ever existed
– make a single coffee last for hours (closely related to the first goal)
The earliest evidence of coffee drinking comes from 15th-century Yemen. By the late 15th century and early 16th century, coffee had spread to Cairo and Mecca.In the 1640s, the Ottoman chronicler İbrahim Pecevi reported the opening of the first coffeehouse in Constantinople.
In more recent times, the traditional drinking of Turkish coffee has been diminished by the growing availability of other hot beverages such as tea (grown locally and bought without hard currency), instant coffee, and other modern styles of coffee.
At a time when most European cities gets first cafe, the first coffee house is being opened in Croatia, as well. It was opened by a trader in Zagreb,Leopold Dun in the 1748th year. Guests at the Duna, except for coffee, could drink tea and chocolate. Coffee is purchased in the Netherlands, which was at that time the forefront of the coffee market. Old documents from 1756, mention Valentiusa Horu, yet one of the first Zagreb “caffeariusa.”
By the end of the 18th Century, a large number of lavishly decorated cafe is being opened. In the second half of the 19 century café culture is becoming very popular, which was good for opening a coffee house in other Croatian cities. It was place for social elite, where you could hear turbulent philosophical discussions on various topics, especially on culture and politics. Coffeehouses for good reason are called “Platonic Academy”. Leading European newspapers were available in these coffe shops, and guests had free usage of phone as well.
Called the ‘Satan’s drink’ in the Western world, it gained popularity, thanks to high prices commanded by tea, only after the 18th century.
Well, no matter the name, we can’t wait for our lunch brake and get a cup of coffee…
You’re welcome to join us.