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viennese coffee recipe
Recipe

Our viennese coffee recipe

5 min.
Easy
1 pers.

Just like the Melange coffee, the Viennese coffee is an emblematic drink from the city of Vienna in Austria. You will love this hot drink  thanks to the combination of coffee and whipped cream. We’ll show you how to make this delicious Viennese coffee at home.

WHAT IS A VIENNESE COFFEE?

A Viennese Coffee is a single or double shot of espresso topped with whipped cream. It is also called “Einspänner” in German. This drink is often compared to a cappuccino. However, the Viennese coffee does notcontain hot milk and uses whipped cream instead of milk foam.

The origins of Viennese coffee

In the heart of Austria’s coffee culture lies the Einspänner, a classic Viennese coffee with a rich history dating back decades. Einspänner, meaning a “single-horse carriage” in German, gave the name to this coffee, paying homage to the era when such carriages served as taxis. 

The Viennese coffee was supposedly born out of the ingenious idea of carriage drivers, who, while steering with one hand, cradled a cup of coffee in the other. The key to this tradition lies in the whipped cream crown atop the hot coffee, acting as a clever insulator, ensuring warmth and preventing spills. 

Originally a comfort for coachmen, the Einspänner has transcended its origins and is now elegantly presented in stylish glass mugs, delighting coffee enthusiasts in Vienna’s charming coffeehouses.

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HOW DO YOU MAKE A VIENNESE COFFEE WITH A BEAN-TO-CUP MACHINE?

Ingredients

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Your favourite coffee beans
  • Matériel Siphon Chantilly
    Whipped cream

Material

  • Matériel Machine à café à grain 2
    1 bean-to-cup coffee machine
  • Matériel Mug blanc
    1 glass, preferably a double-walled glass

Preparation

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 1 Add your coffee beans to your espresso grinder
  • Ingrédient Expresso
    Step 2 Brew your espresso
  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 3 Transfer your espresso into your glass and add the whipped cream on top. Enjoy straight away!
  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 1

    Add your coffee beans to your espresso grinder

  • Ingrédient Expresso
    Step 2

    Brew your espresso

  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 3

    Transfer your espresso into your glass and add the whipped cream on top. Enjoy straight away!

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HOW DO YOU MAKE A VIENNESE COFFEE WITH A MANUAL ESPRESSO MACHINE?

Ingredients

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Your favourite coffee beans
  • Matériel Siphon Chantilly
    Whipped cream

Material

  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    1 manual espresso maker
  • material cleaning coffee grinder
    1 coffee grinder
  • Matériel Tapis tassage
    1 tamper mat
  • Matériel Répartiteur de mouture
    1 grind distributor
  • Matériel Tamper
    1 tamper
  • Matériel Balance
    1 scale
  • Matériel Mug blanc
    1 glass, preferably a double-walled glass

Preparation

  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 1 Grind 14g of coffee in your portafilter. Using your hands, distribute the ground coffee more or less evenly in the portafilter.
  • Matériel Tamper
    Step 2 Then use the grind distributor to ensure even tamping (2 to 3 turns).
  • Matériel Tamper
    Step 3 Apply 15-20kg of pressure to your grind using your tamper, to compact your grind.
  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 4 Before switching on your percolator, run a flush (the action of cleaning the filter of any grounds that may have remained and emptying the water group).
  • Ingrédient Café moulu machine expresso manuelle
    Step 5 Insert the portafilter into the unit and start brewing. You can stop brewing when your drink weighs 28 to 42g.
  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 6 Transfer your espresso shot in your glass and add the whipped cream on top. Enjoy straight away!
  • Ingrédient Café moulu
    Step 1

    Grind 14g of coffee in your portafilter. Using your hands, distribute the ground coffee more or less evenly in the portafilter.

  • Matériel Tamper
    Step 2

    Then use the grind distributor to ensure even tamping (2 to 3 turns).

  • Matériel Tamper
    Step 3

    Apply 15-20kg of pressure to your grind using your tamper, to compact your grind.

  • Matériel Machine expresso manuelle
    Step 4

    Before switching on your percolator, run a flush (the action of cleaning the filter of any grounds that may have remained and emptying the water…

  • Ingrédient Café moulu machine expresso manuelle
    Step 5

    Insert the portafilter into the unit and start brewing. You can stop brewing when your drink weighs 28 to 42g.

  • Préparation Déguster
    Step 6

    Transfer your espresso shot in your glass and add the whipped cream on top. Enjoy straight away!

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MaxiCoffee’s tasty tips

You can bring your coffee to the next level by adding your favourite syrup (sugar syrup or flavoured syrup). Just remember that using syrup may alter the texture of your Viennese coffee.

viennese coffee

Shopping list

You now know the origin of theViennese coffee or Einspänner and the steps involved in making it, just like in the famous coffeehouses of Vienna! And, to vary the pleasures, why not prepare other coffee recipes.

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