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Viennese Coffee

on January 5, 2015

We’re in for a cold week here in Minnesota. The high temperature for this week is 15 degrees F, and that’s not until next Friday!!! We need some hot beverages to warm the cockles of our hearts. I did already post a hot beverage last week, but I do have another one I’d like to share. I’ve had this recipe for Viennese Coffee for so long, I don’t even remember where I got it. I have made it and sent it to all of my kids at college, and it’s one that we keep on hand during the winter months in case we need an afternoon coffee or “fika”. Grandma and Grandpa were known for having afternoon coffee at 3:00 pm every day. They would take a break and Grandma would put on the coffee pot (whether it was for actual coffee or the Postum they seemed to enjoy). Grandpa would come in from whatever he was doing around the farm, and stop to have coffee and a snack. Anytime I was at their farm for a visit, there would be so many kinds of snacks for coffee: crackers, cake, cookies, or bars, and not just one kind. There were usually several kinds of snacks to choose from. I remember taking coffee out to Grandpa in the field, specifically where there was a ditch and a couple of trees to sit under for shade. I loved doing that so much and it’s one of my most treasured memories of the farm! I’ll never forget sitting in the tall grass with the dappled sunlight shining through those trees and the sound of the wind rustling the leaves on a beautiful, warm, sunny summer day. It’s nice to remember those summer days this time of year when the high temperature outside is in the single digits!!!

I don’t have a recipe card for this one, so I’ll just type it out here.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Viennese Coffee

Mix together:

Scant 2/3 cup dry instant coffee – regular or decaffeinated

2/3 cup sugar

3/4 cup powdered non-dairy creamer

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of ground allspice

Dash of ground cloves

Dash of ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients and store in a jar. Makes 20 servings.

To make one cup: Mix 4 heaping teaspoons of mix with 1 cup boiling water.


There’s really not much to this – just mix the ingredients together and that’s it!


This recipe is so easy, you just HAVE to try it!


It’s tasty and spicy and hot and just right for this cold and blustery time of year. It’s just what we need to stay warm.

Here are some more hot beverages that I’ve posted in the past:


Hot Chocolate Mix


Russian Tea




Hot Cranberry Drink (for a crowd)

These hot beverages can all be served as is, but can also be made even more warming and turned into adult beverages with the addition of your choice of alcohol.

Stay warm everyone!



One response to “Viennese Coffee

  1. […] are PERFECT with a nice hot cup of something: coffee, tea, Hot Chocolate Mix, Russian Tea, Viennese Coffee, Instant Cappuccino Coffee, Grandma’s Cocoa, apple cider, Wassail, Hot Cranberry […]

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