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Hello and welcome back, or, as the Viennese would say - Servus!
Today we're talking about all things Vienna. After all it's one of the cities that claims to have invented coffee culture. This may be a reason many of the locals felt pretty hostile about Starbucks trying to settle in their city.
It's Austria's capital. Not to be confused with Australia. Just saying. It's happened before.
I live in Switzerland, and Austria is one of my neighbor countries. So it seemed like a logical thing to combine both small-ish countries to one market (Starbucks-wise). Many times in other industries they include Germany as well and call it DACH, Deutschland, Austria, Confoederatio Helvetica = Switzerland.
Even though we supposedly both speak "German", there is quite some room for misunderstandings, both linguistically and culturally, and it made working together challenging at times.
Starting with the fact that the currency in Austria is "Euro" and in Switzerland "Franc".
Our charming neighbors call whipped cream "Schlagobers" and we say, nah that's "Schlagrahm".
For the Viennese a mug is a "Häferl", and us Swiss call it a "Tasse".
Then they claimed no Austrian would ever set foot in a Starbucks store if we didn't offer "Café Mélange", which is similar to a Cappuccino, but according to them, not quite, and they begged to differ:
The mélange consists of one part coffee and one part milk and a cap of foamed milk.
So what exactly is the difference now?
While the Mélange is often served with only a small cap of milk foam, the cappuccino contains a much higher proportion of milk foam. In addition, the classic Mélange is typically prepared with milder coffee, while the Cappuccino usually has a strong espresso as its base.
A Viennese Mélange is usually served with sugar or honey in a large glass or cup. The name of the coffee drink comes from the French word "mélanger", which means to mix.
With that being settled, let's move on.
Do you have any idea what a "Fiaker" is?
An old-fashioned horse-drawn cab that'll take you to all the wonderful sights.
Back to the term "Fiaker" - apart from the carriage, it is also a coffee beverage.
Of course, right?
So apparently it's strong, black coffee, served in a glass with sugar, a shot of rum and whipped cream, I mean, Schlagobers, on top.
You may have heard that Austria used to be part of a dual monarchy "Austria-Hungary"
König = king
Kaiser = emperor
So what on earth might Kaiserschmarrn be? Hint, Schmarrn means nonsense. It must have to do with the emperor doing or saying BS?
Kaiserschmarrn is a yummy dish, best explained as scrambled pancakes accompanied with Zwetschgenröster, prunes compote, dusted with powdered sugar.
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So if you're ever lucky enough to visit Vienna, you know what to see, do and eat!
PS: if you scroll all the way to the top and have another look at the pretty pink building. It's the Mariahilferstrasse Store, and it's also where Starbuck's Austrian HQ is located, meaning I spent quite some time there back in the days. It's also where some bad guy stole my purse one day just as I was supposed to go to the airport. Think no cash, no picture ID, no credit card.