Coffee in Czech since 1714
- Prague’s first café, “Zlatého Hada” (Golden Snake), was opened in 1714 by the Armenian Deodatus Damajan Damascenus. It is located under the bridge tower on the petty side of the Charles Bridge, then the only bridge and main street in Prague.
- Coffee houses were not only a place for coffee lovers, but also for students, artists and politicians. Here was discussed literature, art and life.
- It was not until the second half of the 19th century that the coffee house culture spread.
- Around 1900, the way of preparing coffee changed.
- Coffee Roasteries were founded to roast coffee beans on a grand scale and more and more coffee houses opened.
- In the historic center of Prague alone, there were around 120 cafés, which became the most important centers of social life.
- In the meantime, the third wave has arrived in the Czech Republic.
- If you are in Prague on 20.-21. October, you should definitely stop by the Prague Coffee Festival.
Traditional Kava Preparation
The Prague coffee houses (kavárna) are legendary. The Café Louvre, Café Imperial, Café Paris and the Gran Café Oriental are among the best known and have been extensively restored. Among the various coffees there are Czech pastries such as Kolatschen, Laskonka or cream puffs.
- vídeňská káva – Viennese coffee is a large coffee cup or a glass of coffee with whipped cream.
- alžírská káva – Algerian coffee is Viennese coffee with eggnog*.
- irská káva – Irish coffee is a Viennese coffee with a small shot of whiskey*.
- turek / turecká káva – Turkish coffee – a spoon of ground coffee is doused in the cup with boiling water. The coffee ground stays in the cup and is officially called sedlina, but is simply called lógr by everyone.
- preso/ espresso – a big espresso
- piccolo – a small espresso
- kapučin – cappuccino
- kava s mlekem – milk coffee
- moka káva – mocha coffee
- překapávaná káva – filter coffee
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