What's a trip to Austria without at least visiting a couple of coffee shops. Austria's coffee culture goes way back, when the Turks sieged Vienna in 1683 for the second time and after another capital fail, they left bags of coffee beans behind. So, there is some history on Austria's side.
Every town has one or more places that serve not only coffee, cakes, gelato and snacks, but are a meeting spot for people. All people.
As with any country, there is a varying degree of coffee quality. From top notch to cheap, watery coffee.
In Kirchdorf, a town 15 minutes from my parents' village, we went to a shop that came highly recommended by my nephew. Cafe Sturmberger has been around in various forms since 1920, it started as a bakery and with the recent family members that took over the business, it really got a face lift to become what it is today.
Going for a cup of coffee is a package deal experience really. Besides the excellent coffee and cakes, in Europe you actually go to enjoy the place as a whole.
Instead of me waxing on and on how the focus on a perfectly pulled shot from a Fair Trade supplier is but one facet of the total experience, I suggest that on your next trip to Central Europe, you sit down in one of those small town Cafes and experience it for yourself.
CREMESCHNITTE WITH DOPPIO CON PANNA
CAFE KONDITOREI STURMBERGER
LINEUP FOR GELATO
LATE BREAKFAST ON THE PATIO
ISABELLA HAD CHOCOLATE MILK AFFOGATO
SECOND PATIO OUT BACK
CAKES AND TORTEN
INHOUSE MADE CHOCOLATE
ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES EVERYWHERE IN THIS PLACE