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Sipping from the Emperor’s Cup
02.08.2016
c Park Hyatt / Café am Hof

c Park Hyatt / Café am Hof

c Park Hyatt / Café am Hof

c Park Hyatt / Café am Hof

c Augarten Porzellan

c Augarten Porzellan

c Park Hyatt / Café am Hof

c Park Hyatt / Café am Hof

Sipping from the Emperor’s Cup

02.08.2016

The Café Am Hof is one of a kind: it’s Vienna’s first boutique café. The atmosphere has been designed to recreate the Viennese coffee house culture of the 19th century, but the coffee they brew here is 100% contemporary. Because alongside classic Viennese speciality coffees, you can also get drip coffee (a kind of filter coffee) using the Chemex method, Turkish coffee, French press (aka cafetière) or espresso made in a Moka pot and, of course, the finest tea and hot chocolate.

The plan was to emphasize this special interplay of tradition and modernity with unique porcelain, and they soon found a suitable partner: the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory Augarten. Since 1718 the company has been purveyor to the imperial court, the Japanese court and the majority of royal and princely families around the world. Since 1923 the pieces have been manufactured in Augarten Castle, every one produced and painted by hand by master craftspeople, making each a one-off. Support for the designs has always come from the most eminent Austrian artists.

Past, present, pleasure

The baroque service Mozart with its characteristic handle, a design after Johann Georg Walther the Elder from 1740, was reinterpreted for tea, coffee and espresso. Emperors drank from the same hot chocolate mugs in the Biedermeier period. For the Turkish coffee they looked at what art deco had to offer and chose an Augarten classic: the Melonen service, designed by Josef Hoffmann. Nowadays without a handle. All three classics were ultimately given a simple, contemporary colour scheme in white with platinum highlights for the Café Am Hof. And that’s how you create the combination that makes Vienna so popular among visitors and locals alike: a mixture of past, present and pleasure.

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