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
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