Wiener Melange

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A Wiener Melange

A Wiener Melange (German and French for "Viennese Blend") is a speciality coffee drink similar to a cappuccino. The difference is sometimes assumed to be that the Melange is made with milder coffee [1] but the Viennese coffee company Julius Meinl describes a Wiener Melange as "one espresso shot served in a large coffee cup topped with steamed milk and milk foam".[2] Cafe Sabarsky in Manhattan concurs.[3] At Cafe Sperl in Vienna, the Melange is half a cup of "black coffee" and half a cup "creamy milk", topped with milk foam.[4] Nescafe, Movenpick, Lufthansa Catering and Albert Heijn housebrand however serve Wiener Melange as Coffee blended with Cocoa - no matter whether foam topped or not. Kaffeehaus de Châtillon in greater Seattle describes it as relatively equal portions of light roast Kaffee, milk and cream foam in a 6oz cup.

The English term "Cafe Vienna" and the French Café viennois usually refer to espresso con panna - topped with whipped cream instead of milk foam. Ordering a Wiener Melange may yield the arrival of an espresso con panna even in Vienna, though this is properly called a Franziskaner (Franciscan friar).[2] The reference to Franciscan friars may apply to cappuccino too: Capuchin friars separated from the Franciscans in the 16th century;[5] "cappuccino", deriving from the Austrian coffee preparation "Kapuziner", might refer to the hood of milk on top of the coffee (Italian "cappuccio" and German "Kapuze" meaning "hood"), but it merely refers to the brown color of the Capuchin robes.[6]

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  1. ^ "What Is a Wiener Melange?". Retrieved 2013-11-23.
  2. ^ a b "Vienesse Classics- Julius Meinl". Retrieved 2013-11-23.
  3. ^ "Cafe Sabarsky by KGNY Group". Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  4. ^ Café Sperl. "Cafe Sperl::Wien::Kleines Kaffee ABC". Archived from the original on 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
  5. ^ [1] Archived October 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Where Does the Name 'Cappuccino' Come From?". Retrieved 2019-08-27.