Saturday, September 26, 2009

Buena Vista Cafe

by Effervescent

"The historic venture started on a November night back in 1952. That's when Jack Koeppler, then-owner of the Buena Vista, challenged international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to re-create the highly touted "Irish Coffee" served at Shannon Airport in Ireland. Intrigued, Stan Accepted Jack’s invitation."

57 years later, it's 2:58AM on a Sunday morning in San Francisco. And our own Effervescent drums up some pocket change, for a cable car down to the old Buena Vista Cafe. How else to top an evening of Gin Gimlets and conversations down at the (strictly off-limits) Officers' Quarters inside historic Fort Mason, which sports that million dollar view of the Bay. How he does it? We may never know. But he does it.

The Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe is iconic. They use the same 1952 recipe and serve over 2,000 coffees a day. We can see why. The 48 hour-aged cream, floating atop six ounces of caffeinated heaven. A full jigger of Irish Whiskey (We believe Tullamore Dew). Worth the wait, indeed! See how they make it.

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