Newly opened as of February 2007, is Kaffe Kuche (coffee kitchen in English), located at the busiest metro station in Vienna, Schottentor. It is small with comforting dark interiors and dark wood with high stools, but with a location like this, you wouldn’t want anything bigger in any case. However, the key to this new coffee shop is their attention to detail in preparation of Italian based coffee drinks (something that is lacking in Vienna). Now, whilst you wait for your tram to arrive on a wet and cold morning, you can warm yourself up with a freshly ground and prepared cappuccino or caffe latte with, wait for it, latte art – yes ! latte art has arrived in Vienna. In fact, that was the main reason I rushed there in my tight lunch break to order a cappuccino with an apple heart (see intro page of the website for the image and bean there for a picture of the shop). Cut and paste didn’t work here.
The coffee is of course good – it went down smoothly – the sign of a well prepared coffee and well prepared frothed milk – you shouldn’t feel any type of indigestion. In fact, in Italy that is how a well prepared coffee is judged – any sign of indigestion and you’ve been conned. Anyway back to the shop, they use a Dalla Corte espresso machine, which I just found out boasts a DTCS system (Direct Temperature Control System) for the techies and for non-techies, it means that you can control each brewing unit (the part that dispenses your espresso shot). Something similar to what Synesso of Seattle, another top and very innovative espresso machine maker does. This means that if you really want to serve top espresso, then you can control the unit/temperature so that it is just right. Ok ! I’m beginning to get a little bit technical and that’s not the purpose of this message. To the point – the machine, with the help of a well trained barista can deliver good espresso shots. Kaffe Kuche also use a Mahl Konig grind on demand coffee grinder – very classy.
Other offerings include delicious mini-brioche rolls, croissants, smoothies, teas, other health drinks and snacks. Highly recommended when you visit Vienna or live in Vienna for that extra special feel.