A story tells us that coffee was introduced in Europe during the siege of Vienna by the Turkish army led by the Grand Vizier Kara Mustafá in 1683.The day of September 12 1683, called the Battle of Vienna, when the imperial troops, under the command of John III Sobieski , king of Poland, fought against the Turkish army and managed to defeat the Ottoman army liberating the city of Vienna. The disorderly withdrawal of Turkish troops left victorious militias valuable treasures that the Turks had to go leaving behind. Among these treasures the Turks left tents, cattles, camels, a lot of gold and many bags of coffee, which until then was completely unknown to the Viennese and of course for all Europe. First they wanted to burn the coffee because they thought these strange grain sacks were food for camels.
BEST KNOWN VIENNESE COFFEE
- MELANGE – half coffee and half hot milk, ends with milk foam .
- FRANZISKANER – basically a Melange but topped with whipped cream instead of foamed milk.
- KAFFEE VERKEHRT – it is a very light coffee with milk served in a glass. It is known as “verkehrt” (literally, upside down ) because it contains more milk than coffee.
- FIAKER – a delicious double espresso with a dash of kirsch. Traditionally it served in a glass with a handle and is topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
- MARIA THERESA – a double espresso with a dash of Cointreau topped with whipped cream and zest of confit orange slice.
- FRANZ LANDTMANN KAFFEE – double espresso with a splash of brandy and coffee liqueur, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- KAFFEE SOBIESKY – a double espresso that comes with honey and a shot of vodka served on the side.
- EISKAFFEE WIENER – (Viennese coffee with ice cream). A double espresso poured over vanilla ice cream. It is crowned with whipped cream and waffle.
- EINSPÄNER – a double espresso topped with whipped cream and served with a wafer for ice cream. The Einspänner is the coffee known as Viennese Cafe everywhere around the world.