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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 […]

Daniel Landau and caffé sospeso

Daniel Landau and caffé sospeso

In Naples, by long tradition, someone who has had some luck will order a cup of coffee and then a second, caffe sospeso, to be served to someone going through hard times. The first time I saw “suspended coffee” in action was in New York City, oddly enough. I had stopped somewhere along Broadway to […]

The Last Latte

As if it were an international conference of young international students, a Starbucks in the first district is full on it last day of business. A few older customers linger about, obviously feeling out of place. Amid the silent sea of lounging students, many whom are speaking English, I too ask myself, “What am I […]

Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules

Converted from the abandoned cooling rooms of a butcher’s shop and decorated with refreshing disregard for the rules of style, the delightfully eccentric Café der Provinz offers a welcome dose of southern European insouciance to the majestic stuffiness of bourgeois Vienna. One of the city’s first smoke-free bistros, it is hidden away in the 8th […]

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