Buena Vista Cafe

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

Irish coffee[edit]

Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, drank Irish coffee at Shannon Airport, then worked with the Buena Vista Cafe to start serving it on November 10, 1952,[4] and worked with the bar owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg to recreate the Irish method for floating the cream on top of the coffee, sampling the drink one night until he nearly passed out.[5][6] The group also sought help from the city's then mayor, George Christopher, who owned a dairy and suggested that cream aged at least 48 hours would be more apt to float.[7] Delaplane popularized the drink by mentioning it frequently in his travel column. The Cafe has served, by its count, more than 30 million of the drinks.[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 |url= missing title (help). 
  4. ^ Nolte, Carl (November 22, 2006). "San Francisco: Coffee, cream, sugar and — Irish whiskey ... but Buena Vista changed brands". San Francisco Chronicle / SF Gate. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  5. ^ Nolte, Carl (November 9, 2008). "The man who brought Irish coffee to America". San Francisco Chronicle / SF Gate. 
  6. ^ King, John (November 9, 2008). "S.F. bar celebrates 56 years of Irish coffee". San Francisco Chronicle / SF Gate. 
  7. ^ Garvey, John, and 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 / SF Gate. 
  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. 
  11. ^ John King (2008-11-09). "S.F. bar celebrates 56 years of Irish coffee". San Francisco Chronicle. 

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