Is there a proper way Viennese coffee should be taken? What is the little spoon for? When/how should the sparkling lime water be taken? etc.

A video would be helpful.

Was just introduced to the a Viennese coffee shop, and there was some confusion between the people explaining this.

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Based on your picture, you're asking about Weiner Melange coffee in Vienna, a serving of half espresso coffee and half milk foam. That's instead of American "Viennese Coffee", made with whip cream and cinnamon. Assuming that's correct:

  • The spoon is intended for mixing the milk foam and coffee. You may wish to add sugar as well.
  • The sparkling water is a chaser to clear your palate.

The above is based on personal tourist experience and some internet research. Some links:

  • Actually, I told it was a Kapuziner, rather than Wiener Melange ... but the references you gave explain a lot. And thank you again. Apr 7, 2017 at 21:20
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    Does the cup sit on the saucer off centre or does it look like that due to perspective? A slightly larger saucer with off-centre cup would be perfect to hold a few biscuits.
    – Jude
    Apr 8, 2017 at 0:46
  • @jude - I am going to have to go back and find out. What I can tell you - for sure, is that handle is crafted for Right-Handed people, so ... I never really started thinking that far ahead! Will let you know. Apr 8, 2017 at 6:54
  • I've seen off-center saucers in upscale cafes. It's a thing.
    – FuzzyChef
    Apr 9, 2017 at 1:17

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