THE IRISH COFFEE STORY
The historic venture started on the night of November the 10th in 1952. Jack Koeppler, then-owner of the Buena Vista, challenged international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help re-create a highly touted "Irish Coffee" served at Shannon Airport in Ireland. Intrigued, Stan Accepted Jacks invitation, and the pair began to experiment immediately.
Throughout the night the two of them stirred and sipped judiciously and eventually acknowledged two recurring problems. The taste was "not quite right," and the cream would not float. Stans hopes sank like the cream, but Jack was undaunted. The restaurateur pursued the elusive elixir with religious fervor, even making a pilgrimage overseas to Shannon Airport.
Upon Jacks return, the experimentation continued. Finally, the perfect-tasting Irish whiskey was selected. Then the problem of the bottom-bent cream was taken to San Franciscos mayor, a prominent dairy owner. It was discovered that when the cream was aged for 48 hours and frothed to a precise consistency, it would float as delicately as a swan on the surface of Jacks and Stans special nectar.
Success was theirs! With the recipe now mastered, a sparkling clear, six-ounce, heat-treated goblet was chosen as a suitable chalice.
Soon the fame of the Buena Vistas Irish Coffee spread throughout the land. Today, its still the same delicious mixture, and its still the same clamorous, cosmopolitan Buena Vista. Both delightful experiences.
The man who started it all.
Stanton Delaplane at the Buena Vista in 1975.
Bar Tender Larry Nolan on the production line.
The Buena Vista serves up to 2,000 Irish Coffees a day.
11/10/2008 The Buena Vista goes for the Guinness Worlds Record for the Worlds Largest Irish Coffee.
Slide Show and Links to World Record Press