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what is traditional bosnian coffee and how to make it?

SAKI Team January 25, 2024
What Is Traditional Bosnian Coffee and How To Make It?

Summary: Step into the captivating world of Bosnian coffee, known for its rich flavors and enticing aromas. Our blog will walk you through the art of making Bosnian coffee, from selecting the best coffee grounds to creating that perfect frothy layer. And, we'll introduce you to the convenience and authenticity of using an electric Turkish coffee maker to make Bosnian coffee at home. Join us on a delicious journey into the heart of Bosnia's coffee culture!

What is Bosnian Coffee?

Bosnian coffee is type of coffee with a unique brewing tradition from Bosnia, different from Turkish coffee. Bosnian coffee's fine grind, stronger than espresso. This coffee is brewed in a džezva, a special stainless steel or copper coffee pot. This brewing method creates a strong, robust coffee with a distinctive thick foam on top.

Served in small cups, Bosnian coffee is typically consumed without sugar or spices, highlighting its rich and deep flavor. The preparation and serving of Bosnian coffee are key cultural practices. More than just a beverage, Bosnian coffee is a significant part of daily life and social interactions in Bosnia.

The Brewing Method: Bosnian Coffee Pot

People make traditional Bosnian coffee in a džezva, which is a special Bosnian coffee pot made of copper. The džezva is a traditional way to make Bosnian coffee. However, the Saki Turkish Coffee Maker offers a modern and convenient alternative. Especially for those new to this brewing method.

Here's how you can bring a piece of Bosnia into your home:

Easy Bosnian Coffee (Bosanska Kafa) Recipe:


  • Finely ground coffee beans (Bosnian or Turkish coffee blend)
  • Cold brew water
  • Sugar (optional)

Tools for Bosnian coffee:

Step-by-Step Bosnian Coffee Guide:

  1. Measure and Add Coffee: Use one heaping teaspoon of finely ground coffee for each cup you plan to serve. Adjust the amount of coffee to suit your taste for strength.
  2. Add Water and Sugar (If Desired): Pour cold brew water into the coffee pot (džezva) or electric Turkish coffee maker, filling it to the desired level for the number of cups you're making. Add sugar to taste, if you prefer your coffee sweet.
  3. Slow and Steady Heat: Place the coffee pot on low heat. The key to Bosnian coffee is the slow brewing process. Allow it to heat gradually, but don't let it boil. If using the Saki Turkish Coffee Maker, simply turn it on.
  4. Froth It Up: Just before it reaches boiling water point, you'll notice a frothy layer forming on top. This is called "kaimak" and is a sign of a well-brewed Bosnian coffee. Remove it with a spoon and set it aside. The Saki maker automates the brew time and naturally produces foam, so there is no need to set it aside.
  5. Pour and Enjoy: Once the coffee is ready pour the coffee into cups slowly, allowing the grounds to settle at the bottom. Top each cup with a bit of the saved kaimak. Don’t forget a coffee without a foam on top is not a Bosnian coffee at all!

Making Bosnian Coffee At Home

Traditional Bosnian coffee brewing has its own special place in Bosnian culture modern coffee. In recent years, modern devices like Electric Turkish Coffee Maker is an easy way to drink coffee at home. These machines manage the perfect brew time and temperature, taking the guesswork out of the process.

With the electric Turkish coffee machine, you can achieve the perfect cup in just minutes. The coffee machine has an automatic temperature control and brewing time, ensuring consistent results every time. This machine is a must-have for coffee drinkers who want to enjoy Bosnian coffee with minimal effort.


Drinking Bosnian coffee is a journey through rich flavors and a deep-seated coffee culture. Whether you prefer the traditional method or Saki Turkish Coffee Maker, making Bosnian coffee is a delightful experience. To elevate your coffee experience order your SAKI Turkish Coffee Maker now!

Common Questions & Answers

Q: What makes Bosnian coffee unique compared to other coffee types?

A: Bosnian coffee is distinct for its preparation method and the use of finely ground coffee beans. This coffee has strong flavor and the practice of slowly heating the coffee to create a frothy layer known as "kaimak." Additionally, people serve Bosnian coffee in small demitasse cups and enjoyed for its rich, aromatic experience.

Q: Can I use a regular coffee maker to brew Bosnian coffee?

A: People make traditional Bosnian coffee using a special pot called a "džezva." This pot allows for the slow brewing process and the formation of kaimak. For a more authentic experience, consider using a džezva or an electric Turkish coffee maker designed for this purpose.

Q: What's the advantage of using an electric Turkish coffee maker for Bosnian coffee?

A: An electric Turkish coffee machine offers convenience and consistency. The coffee machine controls the temperature and brewing time, ensuring that you achieve the perfect Bosnian coffee every time. This method is convenient for those who want to enjoy the Bosnian coffee without the traditional process. Making it a great choice for busy mornings or when hosting guests.

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