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"Kulchytsky, the first coffee shop owner in Vienna" Top 5 Page for this destination Lviv Local Custom Tip by om_212

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  hommage to Kulchytsky: Under the Blue Bottle, Lviv
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  • hommage to Kulchytsky: Under the Blue Bottle, Lviv - Lviv
      hommage to Kulchytsky: Under the Blue Bottle, Lviv
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      very intimate atmosphere
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The legend says that in 1683, during the Battle of Vienna in 1683, he together with his servant, a Serb Jerzy Michajloviæ, left the besieged and starving city to contact Duke Charles of Lorraine. Both spoke perfect Turkish and were familiar with Turkish customs (Kulchytsky was enslaved by Turks during kozaks rides). so dressed in Turkish attire, they crossed enemy camp singing Ottoman songs. What helped them to trick the Turks, almost cost them lives in villages on the Danube, where locals taking them for Turks wanted to kill them ;)

After contacting the duke, the couple managed to return to the city with the letter promising help. When the siege was broken, and Vienna was liberated the Polish king Jan III Sobieski, Kulchytsky was rewarded by grateful Viennese people. The city council awarded him with a considerable sum of money while the burghers gave him a house in the borough of Leopoldstadt. To their surprise, Kulchytsky refused money and instead asked for 300 bags with coffee been left behind by Turks. Since no one knew what that was (many believed that it was horse forage), the whole Turkish Army coffee supply was given to Yuriy.

so in 1683, he opened a coffee house in Vienna at Schlossergassl and named the Hof zur Blauen Flasche (House under the Blue Bottle). Kulchytsky always served the mortar-ground coffee wearing a Turkish attire, which added to the place's popularity. in addition, he adjusted the bitter drink which was not liked by Viennese, by adding just a bit of sugar and milk. this is according to the legend how Vienna-style coffee was born :)

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