Those who follow this blog and/or my tweeting will be well aware of my passion for good coffee in general and Meinl coffee in particular. Another of my interests is the Vienna Secession movement which was a group formed in 1897 by Austrian artists and whose influence can still be seem throughout Vienna today.
Oddly the starting point for my daily train journey to work, on the S-bahn, brings together these two themes. The Hernals station is one of the buildings that formed the Wiener Stadtbahn which operated from 1898 and was designed by the leading Secession movement architect and urban planner Otto Wagner.
Hernals in within a short walk of the Meinl coffee factory and this is (I assume) why the station is the location for these classic coffee posters:
The Hernals staion:
Returning to the subject of coffee, over on the Meinl website (amongst other coffee info) is this delicious quote from a French diplomat about the beautiful drink:
Coffee ought to be hot as hell,
Black as the devil,
Pure as an angel,
Sweet as love.
Charles Maurice Talleyrand
(1754-1838 – French Diplomat)