I put it to my father that the availability of these higher quality coffees should be reflected not only in our single origin varieties but in our speciality blends, that Vienna Blend was a case in point. To do him credit, my father listened, but to change a coffee that was already popular was fraught with all kinds of problems. Why change a winning line? But I pressed the point that we now had the means of creating something which could more reflect the unique style and individuality of the Vienna coffee houses of former days and perhaps of days to come.
To do him credit my father let me have my way, and commissioned me to sensitively re-create our Vienna Blend, having due regard to the success it had already achieved. I roasted, blended and cupped, sharing the results with my father when I felt I had a result worthy of presenting. At last there was blend which we both approved, then we tried it out on the staff and then customers, and to my excitement even the most loyal customers to the former blend gave it their approval.
Each of the varieties that go to make our Vienna Blend is roasted separately to their unique profiles. Its features are smoothness with a hint of a more subtle power and body, a hint of acidity and ripe pear. A coffee for anytime, with or without food. I confess I enjoy it best simply on its own, or, if I am indulging myself, it goes so well with a cake or pastry.
Some years ago, I took a telephone call from a customer and found to my amazement that I was speaking with the world-famous violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin. In conversation he told me that of all our varieties he had tried so far, the variety he enjoyed the most was our Vienna Blend.
I do hope you enjoy this month’s coffee, a tribute to the unique quality and style of the coffee and coffee houses of Vienna.
With my very best wishes