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Balkan trivia: How to drink Turkish coffee?

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All Balkan countries are united under one concept called coffee. Some of them called it Turkish, Serbian, Macedonian or Greek; it is prepared in the same way and more important, consumed in the same manner. Turkish coffee is traditionally served with one Turkish delight called Lokum. This delight will be a topic on what I will hold on to in this text. In Macedonia, the place to find the best Lokum is in Krushevo.

The Lokum is a pastry made of starch and sugar-sweetened water. In most cases, Lokum is flavored with rose water or lemon. Some recipes recommend putting walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and others. It is usually chopped in the form of cubes, which, in order not to stick together, are separated from each other by powdered sugar or coconut.

There are many variations on this topic. My personal favorite is the chocolate Lokum or cubes of Lokum covered with chocolate. The most famous place to buy Lokum in Krushevo is one store on Shula Mina street. The Lokum maker, also called with title 'master', got educated how to make Lokum in Greece and since then, he is attracting people in Krushevo. People who are open for a original Turkish coffee experience with Lokum. Mihajlo Conevski, The Master, explains that are not important only the ingredients, but also the way how it’s made. He said that people are changing, but tradition remains. The secret of making perfect Lokum is hidden there - in passed tradition.

We use Lokum to serve to the guests at weddings, as a symbol of the sweet life we all hope for the new couple. The name Lokum we use it as an adjective when we want to explain how pretty and sweet a person is. So, how to Predict Your Future and how to drink Turkish coffee? Never alone. Find a Lokum company, someone sweet and kind. Let this be the first guideline for a successful experience! Often Lokum is called ra(h)at Lokum, and ra(h)at is a specific state of existence. When you don’t have worries and you are in something like zen mode, then you have reached the ra(h)at mood. Stay like that, sweet yourself with Lokum and wake your body with Turkish coffee.

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Zlata Golaboska

Zlata Golaboska

I am Zlata and I am an architect living in the Balkans. I am passionate about cities, how people influence architecture and vice versa, and how places change our lives.

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