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Bosnian Coffee (Kafa/ Kava/ Kahva) Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Servings 2


  • 2 and ½ cups water
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon finely ground coffee medium roast
  • 1 Turkish coffee pot or dzezva one used in this recipe has the volume of 1.5 cups
  • Optional: sugar/ milk/ Turkish delight


  • Set water to boil in a separate pan (electric kettle is fine), and place the coffee into a Turkish coffee pot/ dzezva.
  • When the water boils, pour it into the coffee pot and mix well.
  • Place the coffee pot on the hot stove ring, and leave for several seconds, watching it doesn't boil over. Once the coffee rises and is almost about to spill from the pot, remove the pot from the hot stove ring to the cool part of the stove, and let settle down for another several seconds.
  • Add some boiling water left over from before to the coffee pot, mix the coffee, and place the pot back on the hot ring. When it's close to boiling over, remove from the hot ring again.
  • Repeat steps 3 & 4 once or twice. The goal is to have the coffee rise up a couple times, so that it develops a smooth cream-like top layer.
  • When you're ready to serve the coffee, start by grabbing a teaspoon of the top layer and adding it to each coffee cup, and then pour the rest of the coffee in. This will allow the cream layer to rise to the top of each cup. Serve with Turkish delights, sugar or milk.


IMPORTANT: Your measurements will depend size of the coffee pot you're using. The measurement used in this recipe is 1 teaspoon for every cup of water. After you've made coffee this way a few times, you'll find out if you like it stronger or weaker and can adjust accordingly.
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