Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Austria. The Viennese Coffeehouse.

A lot of legends and stories go around The Viennese coffeehouse. In Emperor Franz Joseph's era and in the 1920s it was the meeting point of intellectuals, artists and the literati. Most of there people lived in appalling conditions, just a little bedroom. The Coffeehouse was inviting - on one hand, one could sit there, warm and dry, on the other hand, because of the people, the company of kindred spirits. Mail could be delivered there, writing craft could be practiced , the latest gossip exchanged. Supposedly there were even professors who called doctoral candidates into the coffeehouse to take examinations.
Today the Viennese coffeehouse is more myth than reality. More than 600 coffeehouses are open, but they mostly do so to tourists. Classics of literature are no longer written in them, But the young Viennese and tourists have discovered them as meeting points.

Coffee Specialties:

  • Hitch - Sweet black in a glass with whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate powder.
  • Coachman - Sweetened demi-tasse served in a glass.
  • Monk - Coffee with lots of milk.
  • Big Brown - Large cup with a dash of milk.
  • Small Black - Demi-tasse without milk.
  • Small Gold - Demi-tasse with milk.
  • Small Brown - Small cup of coffee with a dash of milk.
  • Melange - Coffee and fresh milk in equal parts a crown of whipped cream.

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