Pass more than a few hours in Vienna, and you’ll soon learn that coffee is an essential part of the fabric of the city. A fact also evidenced by the lively coffee festival held at the Ottakringer brewery.
- A celebration of coffee, with talks, tastings, displays, demonstrations, and more
- Also features live music, DJs and other entertainment
- 2020 dates: Jan 10-12
- See also: Events in Vienna | Top coffee houses
What’s it all about?
Technically, coffee might be described as a simple drink. Much like you could call an iPhone a communication device. But there’s so much more to it than that. Coffee is part of Viennese society…rooted in tradition, yet a vibrant part of modern city culture.
Which is where the Vienna Coffee Festival comes in. Consider it a celebration of the coffee bean and its contribution to (Viennese) life.
Don’t expect lectures by white-haired historians on the role of Loos architecture in driving coffee house society in the early 1900s. The coffee festival is a contemporary celebration: the coffee is hot, the company is cool.
So there are, for example, tastings, demonstrations of the barista’s art, professional competitions, numerous stands showcasing coffee products, and talks from those who make their living through the coffee trade. But also a wealth of music and entertainment, from Italian DJs to Scottish singer-songwriters. Not to mention international food.
Get a flavour from the 2019 post-event video:
It’s held on the premises of Ottakringer brewery, which – surprise – produces beer, but also hosts a range of events through the year, such as live concerts or the rum and gin festival.
2020 dates & tickets
The 2020 coffee festival takes place on January 10th, 11th and 12th. I’ll post opening times when I get them, but the 2019 times (for comparison) were 2pm to 8pm on the Friday, 10am to 8pm on the Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on the Sunday.
Tickets should be available from the official website from October 2019 (day tickets for the previous event cost €12 for a standard price adult).
You can also probably buy tickets (cash only) on the day at the festival, but at a price premium.
2020 coffee festival highlights
As soon as I hear details, I’ll post them here. In 2019, the festival had a veritable coffee celebrity on offer. Agnieszka Rojewska was the 2018 World Barista Champion and gave a talk and showcased her talents on the Friday afternoon.
Musical highlights at the last festival included:
- Regular visitor and multiple award-winning DJ, Lorenzo al Dino
- Gisele Jackson, who gave an after-hours gig with her band, Club 54, on
- “Celtic” singer-songwriters, such as Shane Ó Fearghail, Stuart Neville, and David McKendry
Check the website for news of the 2020 programme of performances, talks, etc. or wait until I post something here.
How to get to the coffee festival
The Ottakringer Brewery is out in Vienna’s 16th district, easily reached by trams 2, 9 and 44 (look for the stop “Johann-Nepomuk-Berger-Platz”).
The 44 leaves from Schottentor near the city centre, and the 2 leaves from just about everywhere (well, almost): you can catch it from the State Opera House, for example.
“Ottakring” station is the last stop on the U3 subway line, which is about three stops on the 44 tram from the brewery.
There’s quite a bit of street parking nearby. Note that the area around the brewery is a short-term parking zone until 7 pm on Friday. The street that runs alongside the brewery (Ottakringer Straße) is also a short-term parking zone on Saturday from 8 am to midday, with a maximum permitted stay of 90 minutes.
Address: Ottakringer Platz 1, 1160 Vienna | Website