Another account of coffee making its way west takes place in 1683 when the Turkish and Austrian armies were engaged in battle. During a siege on Vienna, bakers working at night heard the Turk’s tunneling operation and sounded the alarm.  Routed and in hasty retreat, the Turks left sacks of their coffee beans behind. Upon discovery of their bounty, the Austrians developed their own special blend of the magical new beans. They served their new coffee brew with special cakes created by the heroic bakers called ‘kipfel,’ or what we now know by its French name, as the ‘croissant.’ They were shaped to look like the crescent moon from the Turkish flag as a celebration of the retreat of the Turkish army.

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