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under the principle of "big outside, comfy inside." The exposed brick walls display local artwork for sale, and even a lending library. The coffee isn't to be overlooked at TOZD, however. TOZD uses nearby roaster Escobar, which sources from small Latin American farms, making TOZD a leading force in bringing the third-wave coffee movement to Slovenia. On a warm afternoon, though, I already know my order at TOZD. I pick up a bottle of Ruster, the house-made cold brew TOZD is known for, which sports a label claiming "handcrafted with love in Ljubljana." It certainly tastes like it. C A F E T I N O Cafetino serves up traditional espresso and Turkish coffees in the Old Square of Ljubljana. Along with the company's own blend, you can fi nd an assortment of single-origin roasts at Cafetino. Glass boxes of both line the walls, available to buy and brew at home. It's hard to resist buying a freshly brewed cup at Cafetino, though. In an effort to give an epicurean nod to Slovenia's history, I go for a simple Turkish coffee. This is served to me on a humble wooden platter with a copper cezve. I sit for a while, listening to Slovenian chatter, until I'm met with the coffee grounds at the bottom of my cup. I contemplate whatever future they might be telling, before gathering my things and exiting into the midday sunshine. R N O Z R N O Niche is an apt descriptor for Č RNO ZRNO, both in terms of its focus on solely Colombian coffee, and its physical existence. This tiny café is a blink-and-you-miss-it cubbyhole of espresso and beautiful blue and white tiling. Č RNO ZRNO is owned by Alexander Niño, who is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and is using his café to support small farms in his native country, while bringing international fl avor to Ljubljana. Using coffee imported from the Colombian Andes, Č RNO ZRNO serves up a very specifi c terroir. Savoring a simple espresso outside Č RNO ZRNO (for there was no space left inside), I felt a connection to the international production chain that I was learning makes up a cup of coffee. R O A S T E R S I N L J U B L J A N A There are a growing number of wholesale roasters in Ljubljana. Along- side Escobar, which supplies TOZD as well as other cafés, there are Buna Cooperative and Stow Specialty Roasters. Stow is part café, part roastery, and part academy. At Stow, seasonality is emphasized, and the rotating menu refl ects that. Buna Cooperative is also a roaster, founded by Tine of Café Č okl, and Živa Lopati č of 3MUHE, and is Ljubljana's only 100 percent Fair Trade store. In the vein of Café Č okl, Buna sourc- es beans through a Fair Trade system, and promotes transparency with their pricing structure. THE LJUBLJANA COFFEE FESTIVAL Third wavers like Tine of Č okl and Robert of TOZD have done the groundwork of educating their patrons on the intricacies of quality and ethically sourced coffee, slowly nudging Ljubljana's palate toward the specialty movement. This shift was marked in no greater way than the inaugural Ljubljana Coffee Festival in 2018. The festival featured work- shops, sensory cuppings, a barista challenge, and a latte art throwdown. The 2019 dates for the Ljubljana Coffee Festival have not been announced yet, but even so, I am eyeing return fl ights to this remote European country. I am ready for another cup of awareness, or 10. 50 barista magazine

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