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1683, July. Besieged by the Ottoman empire, Vienna is defended with growing desperation. A young Pole named Georg Franz Kolschitzky is winged — but lucky. His fiance, a surgeon's daughter, hands Kolschitzky a small tin bottle filled with a delicious and salutary remedy.
1683, September. Another Pole, Jan III. Sobieski, had led an army of even more Poles and Germans to rescue Vienna. The Ottomans left, and left quite a bit behind — bags full of what seemed like camel food, for example.
Georg Franz Kolschitzky gathered the bags and started selling their content brewed with water: the first coffee house was born! Kolschitzky called it "To the Blue Bottle". The surgeon's daughter's tin bottle had been, yes, blue.
So the story goes, and most of it is probably fabrication. You can, however, get wonderful coffee in Vienna, get to see a monument dedicated to Kolschitzky, and get Bluebottle email, of course:
›› Bluebottle offers email accounts that are practically free of spam (using challenge/response filtering) and can be accessed on the web or using POP with any email program.
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