"I come from the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the emperor, Franz Josef." - Jozsef Szép early 20th century immigrant to America and Bill's grandfather.
The marriage of Otto & Regina von Habsburg
A list of top coffeehouses in Vienna, as listed by World's Luxury Guide! Just tap on the water glass to get some service!
Budapest, a link to Pastry & Coffee!!!
Here's how I remember the order of things when I toured coffeehouses in Vienna & Budapest...
Vienna is Coffeehouse, Pastry, and then Coffee a distant 3rd.
Budapest is Pastry, Coffeehouse, and then again Coffee a distant 3rd.
No matter which city, or coffeehouse, I visited, I found Pastry and Coffeehouse very closely bound together and awesome!
At Caffe Amadeus, we strive to give equal attention to all three. We roast your coffee one-and-a half pounds at a time, over flame, on our Jabez Burns sample roaster. The very same roaster on which Bill learned how to roast coffee at the Coffee Cafe in Baltimore in the 90's (Thanks again, Peter!). I Imagine that - it's like every time we roast a batch of beans - it's your beans! You smell the beans roasting from three (maybe four, five, or six) blocks away and then follow your nose right into your coffeehouse - and, POW!, there they are - fresh roasted beans! You smell the fresh aroma; you hear the distinct whoosh-whoosh sound of the beans going round and round in the barrels - then you see us pull the beans and inspect them for perfection!!! That's right, these beans, many of which are directly traded from the farmer to our suppliers, are pulled at the moment of perfection and then we go through them to make sure all are just right before putting them into the jars. Once in the jar, they don't stay long because we brew and you buy! Your daily cuppa was probably roasted the day before! Our beans don't sit around in paper bags - they don't sit around at all - as we are constantly roasting - thanks to you!!!
Here in Indiana, Pa, you have an awesome cafe in Caffe Amadeus; the pastries are simply from another world -(we know you love them because we are baking like crazy (thank you!!!) , and your delicious Amadeus coffee is freshly roasted and in your hands - and your cupboards (we are roasting like crazy too! (Thanks again!)!
Thank you for being our customers and keeping us busy! We really try our best for you - we try our best to bring you the best of our heritage and our best to honor the tradition!
Vienna: From Habsburg forts to chocolate tortes – very nice feature from the New Zealand Herald online. Tap on the palace windows to learn more!!!
Frugal Europe On Foot! A nice New York Times article about a journey from Vienna to Budapest. To read more, just click the pic!
Vienna: The best city in the world for the third year in a row!
For this awesome story, with loads and loads of cool links, click the pic!
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The oldest zoo in the world, voted best zoo in Europe for 2009 and 2010!
Since our family just loves zoo's - you must see the Budapest Zoo! One of the coolest around!
Some great English-language Ex-Pat e-newspaper sites!
Magyar Radio 1- 7!...
Click the link for a list of seven Hungarian radio stations that you can listen to and enjoy - even if you don't speak Hungarian!
This link is also on the Mozart & Friends page.
Not just Austria & Hungary but links to radio and even TV all over the world! Just click the link above and tap on a box to get started!
Click the pic for this great story from The Mail Online!
The painting failed to receive a bid a auction, but was quickly sold privately for 5.8 million pounds, according to Sothebys.
Otto von Habsburg 1912-2011
I will always remember this great man! - Bill
Click the pic to read a nice article about Otto being awarded Macedonia's Medal of Merit for his part in the Pan-European Union and promoting Macedonia's European future.
Les Banos, our friend and a true hero....
It was a sad day for Caffé Amadeus when we learned that our friend, Les Banos passed away. Les was 89 going on 30! Those of you who had the chance to meet Les on his visits to your coffeehouse – you guys, along with us, are blessed. Les was an amazing person, saving lives in one life and in his “official job” as a photographer for the Pirates, Steelers, & Pitt in another. He knew everybody! While we are saddened by this news, we know he is reunited with all kinds of folks whose lives he saved (and have since passed-on), and of course, his good friend, Roberto Clemente. But just in case you are feeling sad, here is a part of a comment I read on a tribute page to Les! It reads, in part, "When Les gets to heaven, everybody will be saying, Who's that guy with the beard standing next to Les?". That cracks me up, but hey, that's Les! We felt that a good place to honor Les was here, on the Austria-Hungary page. Like Otto above, Les was one of the good guys! Viszontlátásra, Les!