A Gay Pastry Chef and a Lesbian Vegan Baker, Sweet, Sweet Vienna!

Photo via Passport

Photo via Passport

by Nick Malgieri

Some Viennese classics such as the famous Sachertorte, invented by Eduard Sacher early in the 19th century, are still marketed by the hotels and coffeehouses where they were created. Many other sweets also have a long history closely entwined with the glory days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the reign of Emperor Franz-Josef and non-conformist Empress Elizabeth, who it is said would drink no coffee other than that prepared at Demel, conveniently close to the Imperial Palace.

It was at that time that Julius Meinl first conceived the idea of selling pre-roasted coffee to the public, and was so successful that the Meinl empire continues to flourish.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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