The Wieners Living Room – Visit to the Viennese Coffee House

The Viennese coffee house as a way of life

The Viennese about their culture have made drinking coffee, a sense of life, which leads many visitors from all over the world for centuries in the temples of pleasure.

The Waiter served the buggy with a fine bow. Decent piano music rises from the background. The lady next door SIPs since two hours with pleasure at same Cup, while we dreamy the strollers outside the window past stroll see.

How wonderful, have we done everything right. Because we’re sitting in a Viennese coffee house. We celebrate the slowness of being. Come with me in the beautiful traditional houses, scalding tea friends a cuppa and enjoy the small, autumn excursion in the nostalgia of enjoyment.

The first coffee houses in Vienna

The creation of the world-famous Austrian coffee house culture many storiesare told. It is said that the Viennese came for the first time after the siege by the Turks with the black beans in contact. According to a legend the Georg Franz Kolschitzky businessman to have discovered some bags coffee after his triumphal procession against the occupiers.

In truth, it was the Armenian trader John Teodato (also Didato), which opened the first Viennese coffeehouse in 1685 in his house. Piece by piece gave more concessions for the coffee serving Emperor Leopold I. So there were 1814 already 150 coffee houses in Vienna, until the turn of the century it should be 600. The sweet secret of the Viennese cafes of success: the mix in sugar and milk! Also, they roasted their beans themselves, which the Viennese coffee house was given the epithet coffee making facilities.

Muse for poets and thinkers

Around 1850, there were already about what belongs today to the tradition in the Viennese coffee house. Newspapers were offered, the guests were playing billiards or cards. Also, it was already common that a guest ordered coffee while staying hours often only a Cup. The hot drink is basically handed a glass of water and this without always being replenished.

What is special about the European coffee culture is the social aspect. Coffee shops are popular places of Exchange. Linger behind a moment in which people come together. Politics, economy, news, fashion, literature and art are discussed for a cup great blacks. There were writers such as Arthur Schnitzler and Stefan Zweig, who took advantage of the atmospheric ambience to contemplate their topics and to find inspiration for their work. in 1899 it became Café Museum opened.

In contrast to the magnificent Wilhelminian style coffee houses is that designed by architect of Adolf Loos in modern simplicity. It is unfolded to the stomping ground of a young guard by intellectuals, who was on his way, the world of art and culture to revolutionize. Painter of modernity such as Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka met in their root Café.

The architect Otto Wagner or significant writer called Joseph Roth, Karl Kraus, or Georg Trakl found themselves up, to get comments or suggestions for new works. The coffee house literature was born.

The work in the Viennese coffee house allowed a Puttering on the her own pieces, without feeling alone. The Muse, left an artist so has been debated with colleagues or played cards. Also coffee houses offered the luxury to call to make. Own phones were invaluable for the permanent illiquid artists. Also their own works were able to present it in the Viennese cafés.

If Café were, not only museum or Griensteidl – the coffee houses, Central, Hawelka, Café places of sale and consumption, offering a home away from home. The coffee house poet Peter Altenberg concluded:

“You’re worried, whether this or that – in the coffee house! You hate and despise the people and can not miss yet they – in the coffee house! “One credited friends nothing more – in the coffee house!” (1918).

Also the concert cafés took a significant place in the Viennese coffee house culture. The residents loved concerts at the coffeehouse and often these were filled to the last seat. Who was lucky enough to attend an audition, was Ludwig van Beethoven personally. Also Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Johann Strauss SR. there like tested the effect of their compositions.

In the 1920s, the jazz into the musical highlight imported from America a Café visit was. Jazz was an opportunity to escape the daily routine and hit the dance floor for the guests. Today, the concert cafés are very popular.

By color palette to the coffee

The creativity in terms of product diversity and names in Austrian cafés knows no bounds. The typical Viennese speciality is melange (to German: mix). It consists of a part espresso, a part of the foamed milk and is topped with a foam bonnet. Also the buggy is very popular.

The name is derived from horse and carts, which were common in the Vienna of the 19th century. This double espresso is served in a glass with a handle, extended with 3 ml of water and whipped cream enjoyed a rich dollop. The guest gets whipped by the way served under the name of “whipped cream”.

Single and double espresso are referred to as small or large black, small and big Brown are also Names of espresso, but served with a separate pot of whipped cream.

Also there’s still the Franciscan, the extended or the coffee upside down and, and, and. While today’s coffee house visitors themselves is through a jungle of coffee labels, the decision for the right beverage with a wonderful method has been simplified earlier.

The waiter gave the guest a color palette. Of it, a variety of color shades were attached – black to milky white. So you ordered its coffee color. The blacker the stronger, the brighter the mild. The range was so complex that there was much more coffee variations than they are today.

Cafe nostalgia – enjoy as yesteryear

The great depression of 1929, Hitler’s dictatorship and the second world war led to the demise of the popular Viennese coffee house. Many formerly well known places were economically at the end.

But in recent years seems to remember the ancient tradition. The Cafe nostalgia is booming and in the Café relax Central, Sperl or Schwarzenberg with pleasure with coffee and homemade cakes. The Viennese coffee house culture was even as UNESCO World Heritage recognized. How yesteryear are decorated marble tables and traditional Thonetstühle a popular interior design in the classical Viennese cafés.

Mr. Ober in noble robe uses at the Café Prückel, as well as in many others of these establishments, classical visitors. Looking to slow down and rest the Coffee Landtmann is a significant institution also long. Since its opening in 1873 as “Vienna’s most elegant Café locality” it has lost nothing until today, also thanks to extensive renovation of its nostalgic charm.

Whose founder Franz Landtmann would himself probably never dreamed that would – opened a coffee house under his name even in Tokyo after 136 years.

My personal pleasure – place: Coffee Central

Relish the soul to make, is a truly wonderful establishment,  Coffee shop Central.

In the Palais Ffirstl, the magical tradition Café is located directly at the famous Ringstrasse. 1876 it was already opened, and remains today a popular meeting place for important personalities from politics, art and literature, but also a variety of visitors from all over the world who wish to dive into the cosmos of Coffee enjoyment .

The long tradition of coffee drinking, the historical atmosphere of the Café and the impressive architecture and furnishings this locality have fascinated me so, that this place has become the topic of my thesis of study in art history. What an opportunity to Crown my love to the historic coffee house!

Now please excuse me. I have to book the next flight to Vienna and To snap me in can slowness by the color palette of the coffee culture. Maybe we see us?