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Famous peoples and the coffee

1. Johann Sebastian Bach

The Baroque composer loved coffee so much he wrote a short opera about it in 1732. The play mocked public outcry about the rise of the Vienna coffeehouse scene. That time coffee was considered as a “guilty and dangerous pleasure”.
2. Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven who’s also known for his impulsive behavior was so obsessed about coffee, he counted himself 60 coffee beans for every cup of coffee. This is approximately 10 beans more like the regular quantity for an average espresso. According to his biographer, one time he alluded a visitor to leave by asking if he would like a cup of coffee before he leaves.

3. Voltaire
Author of Candide drank more than 40 cups of coffee every day, assumingly mixed with chocolate. “Fun fact” an average person should drink approximately 70 cups off coffee without breaks to die. Voltaire lived till the extraordinary 83 years in the 18th century. Maybe coffee is the elixir of life?
4. Bonaparte Napoleon

According to reports, the French military and political leader asked for a spoonful of coffee while on his deathbed. He is also responsible for a quote that has appeared on many a coffee cup: “I would rather suffer from coffee than be senseless.” He declared that sleep is for the weak so he could literally fell asleep anywhere. Coffee was his way to keep himself up.

5. Erzsébet királynő, Sissi
Queen Elizabeth of Hungary preferred to drink her coffee in a wiener way, with chocolate and whipped cream. She also liked to add a touch of her favorite flower the violet. According to botanical searches, violet was also used to make love potion back in the days.

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Where can you find us?

Our cafés in and around Budapest

Teréz körút

The first-opened California Coffee Company café soon became a favorite spot for young businesspeople and university students. Do you have a business meeting? Would you like to study? Would you like to relax in our comfy chairs with a cup of steaming coffee in your hand? You will find our café is the perfect spot. We await you with hot and cold coffee specialties, fresh sandwiches, and delicious cakes.

Szent István tér

We await coffee lovers with a fantastic view and real specialties in the heart of the city. Our café adjacent to the Basilica is always buzzing with life; the breathtaking panoramic view of the cathedral, great music and vibrant atmosphere attract young people and toursits from all over the world. Make sure to pop in and see for yourself!

Kálvin tér

Our second-to-open café is visited mainly by Hungarian and foreign students from nearby universities, so the atmosphere is always youthful and dynamic. It's a perfect place for a quick refreshment between two classes but if you don't mind the hum of conversation, you can find the perfect for studying as well. And you can do all this accompanied by the best coffee and delicious treats.

Liszt Ferenc tér

Our café in Liszt Ferenc tér can take you right back to past! The predecessor of this café was highly popular among guest around the turn of the century and we would like to make the place one of Budapest's most beloved cafés again. With the design, we were trying to preserve the cultural-historical heritage while adding a bit of young and dynamic style. Visit us and relive the past with a cup of steaming hot coffee.

Corvin sétány

Our latest shop just opened on the “restless” Corvin Passage as we call it. It is truly a nice and cozy shelter for you if you feel like having a break after the mal or just to recharge yourself after gym, having a coffee, a delicious cake or a sandwich. If you’re a student you don’t have to worry either. We are close to the unis and we made perfect working sections for you. All that matters is to make you smile at the end.

Premier Outlet

At Premier Outlet, you will find our café next to the restaurants, where you can take a break and have some refreshments during or after shopping while enjoying the full selection and all the flavours of California Coffee Company. If you're in a hurry, you can take away any of our coffees, sandwiches, or cakes for the road.