We are absolutely thrilled to share our story with you! It has been a long journey to Caffé Amadeus, one you could say, has taken us around the world. In 1993, I ,(Bill), made a trip to Seattle. I was amazed by what I saw – coffee on just about every corner and in-between! After this trip I got a job at La Prima Espresso, where I learned how to be a barista and was introduced to another important value to a coffeehouse – customer service! Meeting so many people, seeing that anything was possible; this was very exciting! This coffeehouse culture was like nothing I had known before. Shortly afterwards, I met new friends, Peter & Brooks Nobel, at Baltimore’s Coffee Café. Under Peter’s guidance, I learned to roast coffee on a 2 barrel Jabez Burns gas roaster - the very same roaster on which we roast in Caffé Amadeus.
Peter Nobel was a big influence in my life in the 1990's. How time flies. I found this story telling site on the web where Peter told his fascinating "Coming to America" story to an audience. I learned things I did not know about my friend. Click on the picture above to hear it! It's a pretty cool story! We have the "Roast & Brew" in our coffeehouse's name in honor of Peter and Brookie.
In 1998, I volunteered for a peace-keeping mission in Hungary. I made it my mission to discover my heritage, my Hungarian roots! I was out to eat every pastry and see every coffeehouse! Travelling to Vienna, I set out on a café-Mozart tour and proceeded to follow in the footsteps of Haydn, Mozart, & Beethoven. I took notes!
The real story begins in 1999 when my unit, (The 171st Air Refueling Wing), was tasked to participate in the Kosovo campaign. I actually got to go back to Hungary and stay in a 5 star hotel on Castle Hill in Budapest (as opposed to the tent in the farmer’s field the year before). It was there I met Andi! With my limited Hungarian and trusty english/hungarian dictionary, we met everyday for coffee at the Ruszwurm or Sissi on the hill in Budapest. We went for a picnic the Varosleget, (city park), and a boat ride on the Duna, (Danube). Mama made me Palacsinta (Crepes) in their apartment! At the Karpatia restaurant in Budapest I received Mama's permission and in just a short time, Andi and I were married in a former palace and began our life together! Andi is my hero! Andi learned english, got her citizenship, and learned to drive! Looking for a creative outlet, Andi got a job at Aldo Coffee Company in Mt. Lebanon. Melanie , (owner of Aldo and very special person (we love you, Melanie!), sent her to Chicago for training at Intelligentsia Coffee. She mastered latte art and soon became Aldo’s trainer. Andi participated in the Millrock latte art competition (thanks to Melanie's persistance!) at the 2005 CoffeeFest in Washington D.C. and was a finalist, along side such industry giants as Billy Wilson and Amber Sather. She was a dedicated trainer for Melanie and Rich, teaching barista skills to Aldo's staff. Andi has come all the way from Budapest, where she once worked a pastry shop to being the owner of her own world-class café! Now, our daughter Alex has followed in Andi's footsteps by becoming our trainer and bar manager. Alex has competed at Milrock and works with our staff. You can read more about Alex on her page!
We bake, we roast, we do our best to provide a very nice place for the people of Indiana, Pa to come together with friends.
My wife, daughter, and myself do all we can to make your coffeehouse special and comfortable for you! One look through the pages in this website will confirm this. Over the years, we have put everything into the business to ensure that you have the coolest coffeehouse anywhere! We are here to serve you! Thank you for coming to YOUR coffeehouse!