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Julius Meinl: an overview of viennese coffehouse culture

Traditionally, the Viennese regard coffeehouses as their ‘extended living rooms’ – a place to meet friends, enjoy coffee, exchange ideas, embrace creativity, or simply to watch the world go by. In the past, important protagonists of culture and art such as Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele used to meet in the Julius Meinl cafés

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VIENNA, Austria – Established in Vienna in 1862, Julius Meinl is a world-renowned Austrian roasting company and the global ambassador of Viennese coffeehouse culture. Famed for their grand rooms filled with ornate chairs and marble table tops casually strewn with coffee cups and international newspapers of the day, Viennese coffeehouses boast an extensive list of speciality coffees all served in the traditional way on a silver tray alongside a glass of water with a spoon on top.

The viennese coffehouse culture according to Julius Meinl

A cultural icon of Vienna, these institutions remain steadfast across the Austrian capital even today.

Traditionally, the Viennese regard coffeehouses as their ‘extended living rooms’ – a place to meet friends, enjoy coffee, exchange ideas, embrace creativity, or simply to watch the world go by. In the past, important protagonists of culture and art such as Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele used to meet in the Julius Meinl cafés.

By the turn of the 20th century, Viennese coffeehouse culture was inextricably linked to literature, as leading writers and great minds of the day including Alfred Polgar, Stefan Zweig and Peter Altenberg would frequently write there, finding inspiration over a cup of coffee.

With Viennese coffee culture recognised in 2011 by UNESCO as part of Austria’s intangible cultural heritage, the brand is a true global ambassador of Viennese coffee culture.

A constant presence in the city of Vienna, Julius Meinl is also a long-standing supporter of the city’s famous balls and is proud to collaborate with the Kaffeesiederball (Coffeehouse Ball) for glamorous events. The company provides a lounge during the ball, so that one can stop for a moment over a cup of quality coffee and admire the spectacle of this historic ball as it unfolds.

With a presence in more than 70 countries, Julius Meinl is a global ambassador of Viennese coffee culture and the perfect blend for those looking for a meaningful moment over a cup of quality coffee.

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