Holiday Feeling a la Coffeetunes #13

Coffee mates, I am back! Back to regular writing and most importantly, back to continiously sharing this exciting coffee journey with you! Honestly, I am feeling soo happy and delighted right now. It is actually snowing outside as well. Almost cheesy. What can I say…I am just a winter person and this time around the year until probably the end of February is indeed one of my most favorite ones of the year. Besides the fact that we hardly have daylight (well, no offense to the Scandinavian countries, but having a midnight feeling at already 4pm-ish each day is enough for me..) .. so yeah, besides the dominating darkness, the fog and the slush during winter in the cities, I am totally  a winter person – 110%.  I mean, the shining and glowing lights everywhere, the xmas markets (punsch), the freezing and fresh breeze in the air, ideally the snow, the quiet and peacful streets and alleys and the quality time with the beloved ones during the holidays.

What an intro… It´s not even December! But still, due to my surroundings yet the craziness going on in the shops and simply highly exaggerated consumer marketing, you can hardly ignore the fact that the next Xmas is approaching fairly soon.

Anyway, I thought I will do an unusual thing up here and casually drop you a little festive music collection a la festive season. In fact, today and today only. You have no choice 😛

You may want to start with this track… Released ages ago by a top band. The style is so different compared to bands these days which makes it even more appropriate to draw some extra attention to them, I believe. It´s Cheap Trick.  Their song is actually a kind of parody, I shall say, of their original one…just a bit more festive in terms of the lyrics. Unfortunatley I could not find this track anywhere on Spotify. Apparently the streaming platform does not have the rights for this which is a shame, but as there is no shortage in finding tracks elsewhere too, this must do. Enjoy, I am sure you know the original one! 😉

X – Carmen

 

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The day I discovered Süssmund.

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”

Snowy days, oh how I love them. I am so so soo happy we finally got some snow a few days before Xmas. As I am a winter person, the white little flakes do a great job in amazing me to be honest. Snow in combination with coffee is just perfect, is not it?

Well, today I would like to introduce you one coffee place which is highly valuable in the coffee world and also to me. About a year ago a tiny little spot in a Viennese pub called “The Brickmakers” got me with their tempting coffee corner called caféatelier. That was the lucky day, I actually got the chance to try the Süssmund coffee. It tasted like coffee heaven. From that day on, it happened to be my absolutely favourite coffee in general. Unfortunately the caféatelier literally disappeared a while ago. But do not worry, the story goes on. The man behind this coffeespot – his name is Nikolaus Hartmann who recently became a truly coffee passionate and coffee expert – started his own project. The project carries the lovely name Süssmund.FullSizeRender[5]

The Süssmund café is located in the first district right behind the Jewish Place of Vienna. Actually that place happened to be a supermarket in former times. I am truly thankful for my curiosity because otherwise my way probably would never led me to the caféatelier which convinced me for further exploring – finally to the special Süssmund.

The quality of the coffee is a blast. When you are entering this place – and during cold winter days you have to pass the curtain which stops the freezing wind first – you spot a bunch of grey boxes which represent the front side of the barista counter. As well as this, they are filled up with wrapped coffee material for sale. I really like the cute furniture including cosy pillows and flower vases. The Süssmund roasted coffee is available in a few other coffee places in Vienna too – I hardly know anybody who is not convinced of their famous filter coffee yet.

All in all, I can truly recommend their coffee served with love, passion and know-how. Currently during the pre-holiday season you actually can spot some snow while you are sitting in the warm coffee gem Süssmund. Let´s enjoy this beautiful combination. 🙂

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At this point, I would like to wish you all a very happy Xmas and hope you can spend it with the people you love. Enjoy the holidays, relax and slow down a bit. Coffee might help you doing that. Well, happy Xmas once again and stay tuned, you will get to read more coffee posts soon. There is still some coffee content which needs to be shared with you in the year 2016.

Ringstraße Vienna – New Discovery

Ohh lovely Vienna – the city of coffee and during winter, also the city of lights. Folks, I promise, nothing is more beautiful during Xmas season than walking along the long Ringstraße in Vienna. There are Xmas lights nearly everywhere. I really like it when the trees suddenly wear a bit of glowing accessories. 🙂

For those of you who do not know, the Austrian capital is also well known for its museums and galleries. The spot I am going to talk about this morning is located near the museum area of Vienna. The café is approximately five minutes away from the big nature science and art historic science museum. Actually those two cultural institutions are currently surrounded by a few lovely christmas markets. In any case you fancy having a punch or waffles after your coffee, you just have to follow the christmassy lights which will directly lead you to the market stands.

It is Monday again. The fourth advent weekend is just around the corner – cannot believe how fast time flies by. Sadly I have hardly spotted any snow yet. So, let´s focus on the bright aka coffee side of life. 🙂

FullSizeRender[3]FullSizeRender[1]FullSizeRender[2]FullSizeRender[5]When you have chance, the Burgring Café should be the spot where you are enjoying your coffee this week. As I said, it is located in a Xmas-looking environment and therefore a good spot to warm up as well. I am well aware we have no snow at the moment but the degrees definitely do their best when it comes to freezing. The ceiling and the interior amazed me the most at Burgring Café. Please have a look on the pics below to get an impression. More coffee talk follows later on.

The menu is full of interesting and funny quotes by the way. Can you guess which coffee I ordered? It maybe starts with a C… My great company and I both enjoyed one. It was good but sadly the cup was very very small. So better order two of them if you expect or need more caffeine on that day. The coffee tasted very traditional, like a real viennese one. You also can get fresh smoothies and self-made lemonade which tastes very good too. Furthermore, the Burgring Café offers every typical Austrian meal which comes to your mind. Starving is not happening.

In general I really liked the atmosphere at Burgring Café. Very arty and trendy but also kind of traditional. Traditional in terms of the food they serve and not to forget the cute cake vitrine at the very back of this coffeeshop. Although the café is quite big, it did not seem busy at all. The waiters wear traditional clothes like black trousers, white blouses or shirts and a black apron. The lights on the ceiling are one detail which probably amazed me the most. So did the lights near the bar. Oh well, the bar is so cool – even the dark chairs in front of it. All together just makes a perfect picture, I think. Next time, when you are strolling around the famous Vienna Ringstraße, go there and enjoy a beverage. I am looking forward to receiving your pictures. 🙂

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Coffeetunes #2

Hey there! Right a few days before Xmas and right before the festive day tomorrow, I thought I need to share some tunes I am currently listen to with you again. A little bit of music on a daily basis is just a treat, isn’t it?

Well, to keep it short: new tunes, moody, relaxing, melancholical, rock and fun.

I need to admit that a Xmas song had to be on the playlist as well. I am well aware everybody knows that song – some of you may hate and some may enjoy it. It just felt right to add it to the list anyway, sorry and not sorry 🙂 Keep listening and singing and if you have overheared that specific Xmas song which is totally possible, do not hesitate to keep your ear’s attention to the other ones on the playlist.

Enjoy and have a great upcoming Xmas break with your beloved ones!! As an extra treat, this coffeetunes music selection is slightly longer than the very first one. 🙂