The hills are alive with the… aroma of coffee?
Salzburg is haven for The Sound of Music aficionados from around the world, but the Austrian city is also famed for its Kaffeekultur (or coffee culture). Traditional coffee houses or Kaffeehäuser abound. A beloved local beverage is the Einspänner, a strong black coffee topped with whipped cream and served with powdered sugar on the side.
One would be forgiven for assuming the Third Wave (of coffee, that is) never arrived in Salzburg but for a lone champion of specialty coffee in the city: Kaffee-Alchemie. Here, the truly alchemical properties of good coffee can be found and the café is worth a short trek along the river Salzach away from the tourist traps.
The brainchild of John Arild Stubberud, a Norwegian barista trainer and former judge of the World Barista Championship, Kaffee-Alchemie offers single-origin beans for all their coffees. Espresso shots on a La Marzocco GB5, using a Mahlkönig Twin grinder. Filter coffees are hand-brewed with care and precision.
There is a bohemian (hippie, not hipster) vibe to the café which encourages regulars to drop by for a quick pick-me-up or linger over V60-brewed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or Brasil Santos. There ambiance is not unlike an Austrian Kaffeehaus from a couple of centuries ago punctured by the occasional beep of a smartphone.
Somehow one feels Maria and the von Trapp family would approve.
Rudolfskai 38, Salzburg, Austria
Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm