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Viennese Coffee House Culture

By November 10, 2011

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Coffee houses have played a huge part in shaping societies--and reflecting them. The elegance of the typical Vienna cafe and its "very specific atmosphere" has come to the attention of the awkwardly named "National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage," a part of UNESCO, which inventoried the unique cultural attributes of the Viennese coffee house under "Social practices, rituals and festive events."

I like the inscription, which ends with, "The coffee houses are a place where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill."

So, if you can stand you coffee without syrupy flavorings to disguise it--and without all that half-caff nonsense, we have Vienna Coffee House recommendations for you.

Most countries of Europe have a strong Coffee House tradition. Some memorable ones are in the Piemonte region of Italy, notably in Turin, and in Portugal, whose historic links to some prime South American coffee producing regions gave them a head start in the race to build the most refined houses dedicated to the (coffee)  bean.

November 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm
(1) Barbara Cacao says:

That’s interesting – especially the timely coincidence with a big Viennese research project into the Vienna coffee house of the future! Test phase II will finish this Sunday, 13th November.


November 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm
(2) James says:

Thanks for your comment. Nice site, BTW. I’ll have to visit Vienna again soon.


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