Why is coffee so important? Can the smell of coffee keep you awake? Does coffee help to wake you up? So many questions. Now, coffee is one of the most important things in my life. And Budapest and Hungary are heaven for coffee addicts!
I am mainly an espresso man myself. And the best espresso I know is at a cafe right around the corner. But I go there very seldom. That way I can appreciate it even more. It’s a charming little place without wifi.
The traditional Hungarian coffee houses (kávézó) and cafes has a long history and are a deeply rooted part of the Hungarian way of life. I will write about it in length in the near future.
Perhaps the most famous coffee house in Budapest is New York Palace café on Margit körut. It opened the doors to it’s Italian-renaissance style ambiance in 1894. At the turn of the 20th century it was the news hub of Budapest. The most influential news papers were even edited in the gallery. After WWII it fell into misery and became a sporting goods store. It reopened under the name of Hungária in 1954. But it wasn’t until 2006 it opened its doors again to show its former splendour. Today it serves, apart from a big variety of coffees, classical dishes from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy as beef goulash, fishermen soup, chicken leg paprikash-style, wiener schnitzel and grilled foie gras. After that why not make room for Dobos, Sacher or Eszterházy cake?
Now it you want something truly delicious in a cosy environment you should visit one of the Café Frei coffee shops in Budapest. They are popular as a first date spot! Founded by two Hungarian entrepreneurs it started out in 2007. There here now Café Frei in central Europe, England and France, Dubai and in the future in Saudi Arabia, Germany and Switzerland. They serve over 70 different coffee recipes from all over the world: Italian, French, Japanese, Arabian, North and Latin American. In Budapest there are 22 shops! I highly recommend visiting one of them. Besides coffee there are pastries, ice-creams and light food. They operate with a “trading with conscience” policy.
Some fun facts about coffee: Brazil is the top producer and United States the top consumer. Coffee is the second most consumed beverage world wide after water. 65% of all coffee are consumed in the morning. 35% drink their coffee black. 25% of the worlds population skips breakfast. 50% drinks coffee. Coffee is the second most traded commodity after oil. A glass of long black coffee contains 95 mg caffeine, black tea 45 mg, espresso 27 mg and hot chocolate 19 mg.
Work wise I have finished the 25 pieces with the LABS only set up and uploaded them. They are now for sale at POND5. I worked with my suite The Uncharted Atlas and they developed a bit towards publishing on Spotify. My piano pieces have started to go live on the major digital retailers.