Vegan Mofo: Coffee with a View


Hello and Happy Friday!!! This installment of Bevs-around-the-world will be the simple cup of coffee.


In Montenegro (and much of the Balkans), the preferred style of coffee is Turkish Coffee. I was lucky enough to stay a hostel that offered unlimited Turkish coffee (the fantastic, must-stay-there-if you’re-ever-in-Budva Montenegro Freedom Hostel). The thing with complimentary Turkish coffee throughout the day is you’ve got to learn how to make it. Once the owner showed me, I became a skilled creator of the perfect cup of coffee.

Note: By ‘skilled creator’ I mean ‘enthusiastic novice’.

This new-found knowledge certainly did not dissuade me from trying anyone else’s Turkish coffee however.

After an all-day tour of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen (this might be hyperbole, this might not be. I legitimately cannot think of any other view at this moment that compares to     Lake Skadar), our tour guide stopped at a little stall on the side of the road that sold cheese, raki (Balkan brandy), meats and coffee, and said, “This is my favorite coffee in Montenegro.” When I asked why, he replied, “ It has the best view in the world.”

See what I mean?

See what I mean?


His statement wasn’t far from the truth. We each ordered a cup of coffee (the two Russian girls I was with content to sample the cheese and meat and buy plum raika) and sat on a picnic table, watching the sunset over Kotor Bay.

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It is one of the views that is so beautiful it’s impossible to capture, but this quiet little moment on top of a mountain in Montenegro remains one of my favorites.

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  • Undeniably amazing view.

  • Wow. I thought my patio view of Long Beach was good…but your view doesn’t have a single oil-processing thingy in it!

    • It sure doesn’t! Much easier to take photos there than in Vietnam, where you have to sort of work around all the garbage.

  • Babette Vegan

    Beautiful! You could sell your picture to Nescafé!