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Istanbul Vefa bozacisi

Istanbul Vefa Bozacisi, pentax k10d

Istanbul Vefa Bozacisi, pentax k10d

Boza, also bosa (from Turkish: boza ), is a popular fermented beverage in Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, parts of Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and also Poland and Lithuania. (Although not as often in the last two countries.) It is a malt drink, made from maize (corn) and wheat in Albania, fermented wheat in Turkey and wheat or millet in Bulgaria and Romania. It has a thick consistency and a low alcohol content (usually around 1%), and has a slightly acidic sweet flavor. (from wikipedia )

Istanbul Vefa Bozacisi, pentax kx

Istanbul Vefa Bozacisi, pentax kx

This very special Turkish beverage, which carries with it a very long history of its own, enjoying its popularity all along the centuries, without ever leaving the front row, owed its fame to the special expertise of the boza makers who have deployed all their means to preserve this tradition, bringing this delicious drink to the doorsteps of the consumers, mostly on cold winter nights, by the wandering street-vendors. Then came the year 1870, when Hadji Sadik Bey, the great, great grandfather of our family, immigrated from Albania to Istanbul, and settled in a very selective district of the city, Vefa, where mostly aristocratic families, and members close to the Sultan’s Palace had their private houses and residences. Hadji Sadik Bey, then, closely observed that nearly 200 citizens of Armenian origin were in charge of making and selling boza, which at that period was produced with a sour tart flavour and was rather juicy with light consistency. In this very selective residential district of Istanbul, Vefa, he started to make Vefa Boza of a different flavour and taste, with thick consistency and having a less sour taste, just as it is flavoured and enjoyed today. In September, 1876, he registered the tradition of boza making both as a profession and a trademark with the brand name, the VEFA BOZACISI. Continue reading