Buena Vista Cafe

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Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe

The Buena Vista is a café in San Francisco, California, credited with introducing Irish coffee to the United States in 1952.[1] The Buena Vista Café originally opened in 1916 when the first floor of a boardinghouse was converted into a saloon. [2] The current owners also operate the Trident in Sausalito.[3]

Irish coffee[edit]

Stanton Delaplane who was a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle drank an Irish coffee at the Shannon Airport while on a trip to Ireland. Some time later, Stanton Delaplane along with owner Jack Koeppler of the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco, California, tried to recreate this drink. Delaplane and Koeppler worked for hours mixing and sampling different versions of the drink until they achieved the results that they were looking for and almost passed out in the process. [4] The two men solicited the advice of the mayor of San Francisco at that time since he was also a prominent dairy owner. The method for floating the cream on top of the coffee was suggested to them by Mayor,[5][6] George Christopher, who told them that the cream should be aged at least 48 hours in order that it would be more apt to float atop the coffee.[7] The Buena Vista Café began serving their Irish Coffee drink on November 10, 1952. Also, Stanton Delaplane helped to popularize the drink by mentioning it frequently in his travel column. The Buena Vista Café has served, by its count, more than 30 million drinks of their signature Irish Coffee.[1] [8][9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carl Nolte (2008-11-09). "The man who brought Irish coffee to America". San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle. December 24, 2012 http://www.sfgate.com/news/slideshow/The-Trident-in-Sausalito-is-revived-and-reviewed-54323.php#photo-3939277. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Nolte, Carl (November 22, 2006). "San Francisco: Coffee, cream, sugar and — Irish whiskey ... but Buena Vista changed brands". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
  5. ^ Nolte, Carl (November 9, 2008). "The man who brought Irish coffee to America". San Francisco Chronicle.
  6. ^ King, John (November 9, 2008). "S.F. bar celebrates 56 years of Irish coffee". San Francisco Chronicle.
  7. ^ Garvey, John & Karen Hanning (2008). Irish San Francisco. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-3049-9.
  8. ^ Nolte, Carl (November 16, 2002). "Java the Irish way:50 years ago, a new drink was born in an S.F. cafe". San Francisco Chronicle.
  9. ^ Nolte, Carl (November 22, 2006). "SAN FRANCISCO Coffee, cream, sugar and -- Irish whiskey ... but Buena Vista changed brands". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
  10. ^ "Buena Vista Tweaks Formula for Irish Coffee". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  11. ^ John King (2008-11-09). "S.F. bar celebrates 56 years of Irish coffee". San Francisco Chronicle.

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Coordinates: 37°48′24″N 122°25′14″W / 37.80655°N 122.42069°W / 37.80655; -122.42069