Viennese Coffee – Austrian Coffee Specialties and Coffee House Culture

Viennese Coffee – Austrian Coffee Specialties and Coffee House Culture

Viennese Coffee on the 26th October, the Austrian national holiday, is a must to celebrate.

Coffee is not cultivated in Austria. That does not stop the Viennese, however, from celebrating coffee to the smallest detail. That is why, as the title suggests, it is the preparation. Beforehand, however, some facts:

  • 2nd half of the 17th century: coffee consumption in princely houses thanks to the Ottoman ambassador.
  • 17 January 1685: Opening of the first Viennese coffee house by Johannes Theodat
  • Since 2002, on 1 October, the day of coffee is celebrated.
  • From the 13th – 16th January 2017 The Vienna Coffee Festival is celebrated in Vienna.
  • 1952 Foundation of the Austrian coffee and tea association.
  • 2.9 cups of coffee the Austrian drink daily (European top field).
  • 42% of Austrians now drink capsule coffee.
  • 1/3 drinks coffee from fully automated coffee machine.
  • Even if capsules and coffees are on the rise, quality and good taste are important for Vienneses.

Classic Viennese coffee specialties:

  • Kleiner/großer Braunersingle / double mocha with milk or cream in small bowl. The cream or milk is traditionally served in a tiny porcelain pot, reminiscent of a slightly larger thimble, on the tray, so that the guest himself can determine the mixing ratio.
  • Einspänner – One of the most famous Viennese Coffee specialties; small mocha in the glass with a lot of cream (doppelter Einspänner: large mocha)
  • Fiakerlarge mocha in the glass with lots of sugar and a shot glass Sliwowitz or Rum (Fiaker also means horse carriage)
  • HäferlkaffeeFilter coffee in coffee cups with mostly high milk content
  • Kaffee verkehrtcoffee with 23 milk and 13 coffee
  • Kapuzinerblack coffee with a shot of liquid cream

More Viennese Coffee Specialties

  • Kosakenkaffeesmall mocha in the Einspännerglas, mixed with liquid sugar, red wine and vodka
  • Mazagrancold sweetened coffee with ice pieces and brandy / cognac or maraschino
  • Melangehalf coffee, half milk
  • Obermayer – sweetened double mocha, with a thin layer of cold cream. The hot coffee is drunk through the cream and should not mix.
  • Franziskanerlight melange with cream
  • Kaisermelangemocha with egg yolk, also with honey and wine brandy / cognac
  • Schale gold – A single or double mocha is mixed with cream so that it has a golden brown color.
  • Schale Nuss – A single or double mocha is mixed with cream to give it a nut-brown color.
  • Séparée – coffee and cream are served in separate cups/glasses so that the guests can mix them themselves.
  • Steirisch Kaffee – 4 sugar cubes and 4 cl of the “Styrian coffee” mixture are placed in the “Styrian coffee” cup, then it is flambéed and the whole thing is deglazed with a large mocha. Garnish with whipped cream and nuts.
  • Landtmann – A specialty of the café Landtmann. Brandy, coffee liqueur and sugar are heated and mixed with strong espresso, followed by whipped cream, cinnamon powder and a chocolate coin.


Viennese coffee cup
Viennese coffee cup

More Viennese Coffee Specialties

  • Wiener Melangemelange, served with foamed milk in the glass
  • Maria TheresiaMocha with a dash of orange liqueur
  • Mokka gespritztMocha with wine brandy / cognac and rum
  • Advocat – espresso, eggnog, milk froth layered in a glass and garnished with chocolate flakes.
  • Amadeus – Also called Mozart. A large mocha with whipped cream, pistachio slivers and Mozart liqueur
  • Verlängerter – kleiner Schwarzer/Brauner is extended with the same amount of hot water
  • Weißer mit Hautlight melange, served with hot, non – whisked milk on which a skin forms.
Remarks about Viennese coffee: Obers/ Schlagobers is the name of the (whipped) cream
Stamperl a liqueur glass and light melange means light milk coffee
If that is not enough or you are missing something, you find it definitely here.

Coffee houses in Vienna to enjoy Viennese coffee

A pleasant atmosphere is soooo important. This is why you should visit Vienna in the following classic coffee houses:

Those who prefer it modern, sustainable and high coffee quality:

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