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Respect the Bean: Coffee as a State of Being

Respect the Bean: Coffee as a State of Being

On the quiet corner of Hahngasse and Pramergasse in Vienna’s 9th District, an aroma of freshly-ground coffee floats out each time a visitor opens the doors. A new coffee shop? Well, not exactly, at least not by Viennese standards. This is the Vienna School of Coffee, an offbeat, a one of a kind coffee manufacturer […]

Keys to the City: The Value of Valentine’s Day

Keys to the City: The Value of Valentine’s Day

“Everybody says ‘I love you’,” as Woody Allen said so well, and never more than on 14 February. But does love need a holiday? The term “love” has occupied poets, artists and philosophers since the beginning of time. The feeling has forged alliances, toppled empires, and “launched a thousand ships”; it even grants super-human strength. […]

The Ballad of the Wiener Kaffeehaus

(The above video is a reading of the poem “The Ballad of the Wiener Kaffeehaus” by BBC radio presenter Piers Burton Page.) The [ Café ] Central-people are always attracted like the murderer to the scene of the crime, to where they killed so much time, wiped out entire years.” – Alfred Polgar: “Theory of the Café […]

The Chess Academy That Was

On the last night of my father’s recent visit to Vienna, we set off to do what we’ve always done: play chess. Even as a child I remember setting up the pawns, knights and bishops, revelling at the friendly competition, whose thrill had coloured my childhood. Although I see my father much less than I […]

Tradition Under Threat

It is early Sunday afternoon, Oct. 31 at the Café Wortner in the 4th district, one of Vienna’s most appealing traditional cafes, recently voted “Best Kaffeehaus in Vienna” by the Chamber of Commerce (WKO) earlier this year. Partly it’s the setting, set back behind a fountain in a small triangular pocket park on the Wiedner […]

Vamping at the Café Central

“Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker.” The lower sensual range of Dutch-born actress and mezzo-soprano Susan Rigvava-Dumas’ powerful voice floated across the neo-Renaissance Café Central. And almost whispering to the delicate accompaniment of the rhythm section of the Vienna-based mini-big-band Project Two – “wherever you’re going I’m going your way.” It’s Sunday, Oct. 4, about […]

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