WEEKLY DEAL: Chicagoland Coffee Tour

As owner, John Clark, drove design/marketing associate (...and daughter), Jamie Clark up to Chicago, he didn't skimp on the opportunity to see the competition in the Windy City.

First on the list of tour stops was Julius Meinl. In Vienna, this was the original Vienna coffee house and where John got his idea of what a Vienna Coffee Company should look like. Granted the Chicago version of the Vienna company is slightly more Americanized, but still has the Vienna classy style. (John and Sue were given the amazing opportunity to go to the real Julius Meinl Cafe in Vienna a couple years ago.)

Second on the tour was Intelligentsia. This coffee company is top class when it comes to their baristas. Last year several of their baristas ranked in the top 10 in regional, national, and international barista competitions while getting 1st place in both regional and national. In fact, the manager of the cafe we went to won 1st place at the Great Lakes regional competition. This cafe was crammed pack with people and interesting industrial artwork.

The final coffee stop was Metropolis. This small batch roaster/coffee house is very eclectic, and is more on the size of VCC. They roast for many local chicago bakeries and coffeehouses, but the coffee shop itself was PACKED, and very interesting artwork all over the walls.


All in all the coffee tour was a success, and John was able to see what is going on the Chicagoland coffee scene.


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IT'S HERE! 35 kilo roaster



WOW! This has already been an eventful week for Vienna Coffee Company and it is only Wednesday; two new babies yesterday and a new 35 kilo roaster this morning.

Mid morning, 3 large boxes were transported into the VCC roastery carrying pieces of our new roaster ready for assembly. With an excited buzz in the air, John started taking out each part delicately piece by piece. As he pried the sides off of the boxes his eyes lit up and his mouth was drawn up in a huge grin like that of a young boy opening his gifts. The anticipation of this monster machine (in comparison to our current roaster) has been mounting for weeks, and thank goodness it has finally arrived.

Unfortunately, due to the busyness of this season, we will not have the roaster in working condition until after the holiday season, but we will keep you posted as soon as it is. We'd love to have you tour the roaster as soon as we have it up!

Blount County Food Connection


It's another dreary day today in beautiful Maryville, Tennessee, but it's hopping at the roastery. With the flavorful smells of roasted coffee wafting through the air,  we are preparing our space (which we just recently renovated... come check us out!) and teaching new staff in preparation for our new 35 Kilo roaster.  Check in later to find out when we will have it up and running (it'll be a great thing to come see). 

Also today we are proud to support Blount County Food Connection in donating a large amount of coffee to give to their families that they provide food for. If you are also interested in donating, they are always eager for donations. Please check out their blog...

How did we get started?

Vienna Coffee Company was created out of self-defense. A native of Eastern Tennessee, I lived in California long enough to get a taste for some of the world's finest coffees. On moving back to Tennessee, I couldn't find any easily-accessible sources locally, so I decided to learn about crafting my own. Because I have an engineering background, the processes, timing and so on, made sense to me.

And Vienna Coffee Company was born!