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Džezve are symbolically significant coffee pots found across the Balkan Peninsula, and in regions influenced by the Ottoman period. In Bosnia, they are often made of copper, and are etched with regionally emblematic motifs. Coffee is served in fildžan, small demitasse cups with no handle. Although most people now purchase their coffee roasted, and use electric grinders, previous generations used a large metal pan (dolaf) to roast the beans over an outdoor oven, and hand-grinding to process the beans. The handgrinder pictured below was made from salvaged stainless steel pipe.

Drinking Bosnian coffee together often marked different time: work time, social time, wedding time. Coffee items also marked space: a new bride would often be gifted a coffee set upon marriage, and could use the set to mark her room or section of a house as separate from that of her other family members.

Because of their ritual and social value, women tried to carry their džezva and handgrinders with them as they sought refuge from the political violence.