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The coffee houses of Vienna.
In 1683 the Turks attacked the city of Vienna with a strong force. Nevertheless the attack and the following siege were unsuccessful. When the Turks had finally left, the Viennese made use of the coffee-bags, which the Turks had left behind, and after experimenting for a while, roasting, grinding and boiling the beans the outcome was ... coffee. Later came milk and sugar. This story may have some grains of truth in it, but it is doubtful. Nevertheless in the year 1714 Vienna had 11 licensed 'coffee-houses' and the café-tradition had been established by the middle of that century. In a Viennese coffeehouse one asks for: Nussschwarzer (mocha), Melange (coffee with frothy milk), Kleiner oder grosser Brauner (coffee with cream), Espresso or Kurz (strong, black Italian-style), Einspänner (mocha with whipped cream, served in a glass), or Fiaker (mocha with brandy, served in a glass). Bitte schön!

Favorite Dish: Strudel (sweet pastry with apple, nut or sweet cheese filling), Beugel (pastry croissant with nuts), Rehrücken (chocolate cake).

Rating: 4
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 11, 2003
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