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There are two different version on the origins of typical Viennese Cafè, both linked to the second siege of the Turks in Vienna in 1683.
According to the most likely version, the first coffee house was opened in 1685,
when the Armenian Johannes Diobato
obtained the license from Emperor Leopold I to open a Turkish café.
The other, more “folkloristic”, version states that in 1683
the retreating Turks left 500 bags of coffee behind.
Polish diplomat Joseph Kolschitzky found them and used them
to open the first Cafè in Vien!
Originally the cafes’ décor was bare and simple,
but became richer and richer with the spreading of the Baroque fashion,
enhancing its living-room atmosphere with board games, chess, newspapers.
The Viennese café, just like the traditional “Caffetteria Veneziana”,
was a meeting place for people to read newspapers, and play cards or pool.
If nowadays in Italian bars the espresso is usually drank quickly,
standing by the counter, Viennese Cafes are still places
to relax, to chat, to “waste time”…all following the Austrian saying:
"Gott gab uns die Zeit, von der Eile hat er nicht gesprochen"
"God gave us time, but of the haste he did not speak "!
Coffee is an everyday pleasure enjoyed all over the world.
The popularity of coffee is so vast that its consumption is part of many traditions,
in very different cultures.
Of course, its preparation varies according to the different customs around the planet!
In Germany you can order the Eiskaffe, a coffee with cream and ice cream,
or a Pharisäer if you feel like adding a touch of rum.
In the Usa we can drink the “Gibraltar”, coffee with a drop of milk,
similar to the one belonging to the Italian tradition, while the Red Eye,
being a combination of espresso and Americano,
is more sutable for the caffeine-addict.
In Spain we find a coffee similar to the Italian macchiato:
it's the Cortado, with equal quantity of milk and coffee.
If you love sweetness and too much caffeine makes you shaky,
"Cafè con miel" or "Cafè Bon Bon"
are the right choices for you:
combinations of italian espresso and honey or condensed milk.
The coffee tradition may vary from place to place,
but one thing is sure: you will find a nice cup of coffee everywhere you go!
The plant of coffee was initially considered as medicine, but one morning in 1570
the Venetians discovered for the first time
the strong aroma of coffee,
and it was love at the first cup.
In 1683 in Piazza San Marco
the first “coffee shop” opened its doors, and many followed: the Venetian style of blending and roasting was born.
We make coffee here, in Venice,
where the History of Coffee was born, and where we have our roots.
The Venetian spirit and craftsmanship
are renewed in three blends of coffee
inspired by traditional aromas:
Ridolfo, Lisaura and Leandro!
"La tentazione del caffè non nasce dal suo sapore, che lascia una traccia di fumo e brace nel ricordo, ma dalla sua intensa e misteriosa fragranza da bosco millenario."
Isabel Allende, Afrodita, 1998
In Europe, at the end of the Seventeenth century,
the cafes were places for sharing
ideas and exchanging informationand gossip:
basically, they were the social networks of the time!
The spreading of the cafes, however,
was not welcomed too enthusiastically by a part of society
– just like social networks are now:
the coffee houses were seen as keeping people for productive work,
as far as to say that the cafès represented
“the ruin of many serious and hopeful young gentlemen and tradesmen”, in pamphlet of 1672 entitled
“The Grand Concern of England Explained”.
In fact, the time spent in cafeterias was not "wasted":
they were used as post offices and political, social platforms,
not to mention that a great variety of people met there
to sign commercial deals and enhance business opportunities.
One example among many is Edward Lloyd’s coffeehouse,
a popular meeting place for ship captains, shipowners and traders,
which became the famous insurance market Lloyd’s.
The best deals are signed in front of a cup of coffee!
A stressful day, long hours at work, a quick lunch by the computer...
You need a coffee!
The coffee break is a very special moment in the day-to-day routine.
It can be celebrated at home, in a bar,
but also in the workplace, in front of the essential coffee machines.
It is a regenerating moment that helps alleviate the accumulated stress.
But the coffee break is also a time for socialization
and team building with friends and colleagues.
Studies on the subject tell us that coffee break in the workplace usually
lasts from 5 to 15 minutes and takes place 2 to 3 times a day.
Unfortunately on very busy days it's hard to take a break and leave the desk, even for a few minutes, so we grab a cup and drink it in front of the computer or while on the phone.
Even in gloomy days when there is no time for the "break",
"coffee" is there for you:
hot or cold, black, cappuccino or macchiato...
the choices may change, but coffee stays!
This coffee is the combination of two different coffee beans:
Arabica and Robusta,
that give it an intense personality and a unique taste.
Leando, cremy and intense.....
the traditional flavour of italian coffee!
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The "Coffee House", the famous comedy wrote by Carlo Goldoni in 1750,
has been our ispiration for creating the Cafè Venezia blends,
born to celebrate the Venetian taste and coffee tradition.
The blends Ridolfo, Lisaura, e Leandro
are named after three characters of the comedy:
Ridolfo is the owner of coffee house
where the story takes place for the most part:he is a wise,
gentle man...perfect for our 100% arabica coffee.
Lisaura is a young dancer with a sweet heart.
She is our delicate blend Arabica and Robusta.
Leandro is an able swinder and cheater,
but by the and of the story
he will be leading a honest life again.
He is our strong blend Arabica and Robusta, with plenty of caffeine.
"A me nel mio grado non manca niente.
Fo un mestiere onorato, un mestiere nell'ordine degli artigiani pulito, decoroso e civile.
Un mestiere che, esercitato con buona maniera e con riputazione,
si rende grato a tutti gli ordini delle persone.
Un mestiere reso necessario al decoro delle città,
alla salute degli uomini e all'onesto divertimento di chi ha bisogno di respirare."
Ridolfo, on owning a Coffee House
The Caffeine is know not only for its stimulating effect, eliminating the sleep but also as a stimulating for the creativity.
Infact many artists used to drink more coffee to be inspired.
Honore de Balzac a famous French writer,
said to drink fifty cup of coffee a day.
But his love of the coffee was great and
so he wrote an article named "the pleasure and pains of coffee",
explaing in detail how you can obtain more caffeine with a few water.
Rossini, the great italian composed, wrote his operas
thanks to the power of the caffeine.
But there are more names of coffee lovers in the arts as:
Voltaire, Goethe, Dickens, Proust, Goldoni, ecc
So the creativity replaces the tiredness!
"Il caffè giunge nello stomaco e tutto mette in movimento : le idee avanzano come battaglioni di un grande esercito sul campo di battaglia; questa ha inizio....i pensieri geniali e subitanei si precipitano nella mischia come tiratori scelti..."
HONORÉ DE BALZAC
The practice called "Caffè Sospeso" was born in Naples during the Second World War.
It consists in ordering a coffee and paying for two,
leaving a "pending coffee" in the bar for those in economic difficulties
who will come later in the day.
A small gesture of kindness.
The "Caffè Sospeso" spread quickly among the population of Naples
and became a tradition in other parts of Italy, as well.
This practice had been almost entirely forgotten
during the Eighties and Nineties,
but recently it has become popular again:
today the "Caffè Sospeso Network", involves bars in all corners of the world, from Spain to Sweden, from Brazil to Australia.
The practice was also extended to other objects,
such as the "Libro sospeso (pending book)",
and the "Poesia sospesa (pending poem)".
Traditions change, but solidarity stays!
"I sorsi di caffè napoletano: brevi, gustosi, ma capaci di salire nelle vicinanze del cervello e fargli un po’ di sano solletico."
Luciano de Crescenzo
The Eighteen Century was not only the cradle for the Enlightenment Movement, but it also marked the origin of the "Literary Café".
The Cafés were places chosen for the exchange of ideas and opinions; they were the centre of the social life for the most illustrious personalities in Europe.
The locations were furnished with tables, sofas, mirrors and paintings, to mimic middle-class living rooms where coffee could be enjoyed just like at home:
the coffee ritual was no longer only a family experience, but a social one.
Among the many popular Cafès in Italy, the oldest was established in Venice in 1720. Originally named "Alla Venezia Trionfante", it is nowadays the famous "Cafè Floriàn".
Many artists and writers like Goldoni, Foscolo, Rosseau and Dikens,
used to drink here their coffee, taking part of a century-old tradition of cultural and political activism in front of the cup.
"Il Caffè è il luogo più adatto per uniformarci a tutto ciò che è nuovo."