The top 25 Vienna Legends: #8 / Cappuccino!

The Battle of Vienna took place on September 11 and September 12, 1683 after Vienna had been besieged by the Ottoman Empire for two months.

Why do I tell you that?

Well… one legend tells that, after the battle, the Austrians discovered many bags of coffee in the abandoned Turkish camp. The Viennese used this captured stock and Franciszek Jerzy Kulczycki opened the third coffeehouse in Europe and the first in Vienna, where, according to legend, Marco d’Aviano ( the Capuchin friar and confidant of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor), added milk and honey to sweeten the bitter coffee, thereby inventing cappuccino.


2 Comments so far

  1. Stefan Luschinger (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 11:53 pm

    Take makes me think of the story of this coffeehouses names.

    Officially named “Zur Blauen Flasche” its guests knew it as “Kaffeesieder Bruderherz.”(Dear Brother Coffeeshop). Everybody was welcomed with a “Tritt ein, Bruderherz” (Enter, dear brother) and treated independent of class and income.

    Still today, in a top viennese coffeehouse a good waiter (“Ober”) gives every guest exactly the same bad time.

  2. lukey (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    i didnt know that cappucinos required honey

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