Vienna
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The
coffeehouse
culture


Protected by the UNESCO (intangible heritage list) the coffeehouse culture of Vienna is central to its identity. In 2020 there were almost 1,000 coffeehouses in the city.


If you go into a traditional Viennese coffeehouse and order "a coffee" you might get a blank look. If you want to play it safe then a Melange is one of the commonly consumed coffees in the capital. But if you'd like to try something different, then here is a guide to some of the other coffees you may find served in the Viennese coffeehouses.


Coffees served warm

Kleiner Schwarzer

A small black coffee.

Grosser Schwarzer
A large black coffee
(=a double Kleiner Schwarzer).

Verlängerte Schwarzer

A small black coffee (=Kleiner Schwarzer)
served in a large cup and topped up
with hot water (=not so strong).


Kleiner Brauner
A small black coffee served with cream.

Grosse Brauner
A large black coffee served with cream (=a double Kleiner Brauner).

Verlängerter Brauner

A small black coffee (=Kleiner Brauner) served in a large cup topped up with hot water and cream (=not so strong).


Melange
A small black coffee with hot water
and warm milk added and
finished off with frothy milk.
Served in a large cup.

Franziskaner
Just like a Melange but topped off with
whipped cream instead of frothy milk.


Kleine Schale Gold

A small black coffee with hot milk finished with frothy milk.

Kaffee Verkehrt
A small black coffee with much milk added (=a milky coffee).

Einspänner
A small black coffee with a topping of whipped cream and a sprinkling of icing sugar. Served in a glass.

Kapuziner
A large black coffee topped off with whipped cream.


Überstürzter Neumann
Whipped cream in an empty cup with
a large black coffee then added.

Obermayer
Cream is poured over the back of a
teaspoon onto a large black coffee.

Fiaker

A small black coffee served
with a shot of hot rum.

Maria Theresia
A large black coffee with a shot of
orange liquor and topped off with
whipped cream. Served in a glass.

Coffees served cold  

Wiener Eiskaffee

Cold black coffee poured over vanilla ice cream finished off with whipped cream.

Mazagran
Ice cubes are added to a large black coffee with a shot of cherry liquor. Served in a glass.

Gerührter Eiskaffee
Vanilla ice cream stirred until smooth with cold black coffee and whipped cream.

International coffees

Capuccino

A small black coffee with hot water
and hot milk added and finished
off with frothy milk and a
sprinkling of cocoa powder.

Cafe Latte
A small black coffee with a lot of milk
added and topped off with frothy milk.
Served in a high glass and with a long spoon.

Irish Coffee

A large black coffee with Irish whisky,
sugar and finally whipped cream.
Served in a glass.


Source: Das Kaffee ABC / Herausgeber: Fachgruppe Wien der Kaffeehäuser

 
 

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(1888-1965)
The Love Song of
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