How Irish Coffee Came to America

Irish Coffee was brought to San Francisco by one of its famous newspaper columnists, Stanton Delaplane. He had first tasted Irish Coffee at Shannon Airport and wanted to recreate the coffee. He collaborated with Jack Koeppler, then the owner of the Buena Vista CafΓ©, and with the help of the mayor of San Francisco, created the recipe for Irish Coffee in 1952. It is still served at the Buena Vista to this day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Erin Go Bragh!

29 thoughts on “How Irish Coffee Came to America

    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thank You. I wondered about your married name being Irish. I have heard that St. Patrick’s Day is not celebrated as much in Ireland. But I thought I would get into the spirit, not spirits or maybe later today into the spirits, a little today. πŸ™‚ I am half Irish from my father who was Irish American and his family came here from Ireland.

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  1. Laura L.

    Now I want one of those.
    Your story version is different from the one I heard, and yours makes Irish coffee actually Irish, since it originated in the Shannon airport. The story I’ve heard is that it was invented in SF as you describe (without the Irish connection).

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Yeah, it does look good doesn’t it? Well I am going by the Buena Vista CafΓ© version of the story. But they did come up with their own recipe while attempting to replicate the Shannon Airport version.

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      1. Laura L.

        That makes sense. First time I’ve heard the bit about the Shannon Airport. I wish we could get booze on foodstamps because I’d so be going out right now to make one. For some reason, right now, one of those just looks PERFECT.

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      2. Deborah Drucker Post author

        Maybe your roommate has some Irish Whiskey? Then all you need is coffee and cream. I don’t usually drink Irish Coffee very often but that photo makes me want one too. πŸ™‚

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  3. kimicalreaction

    When I was a bartender, I used to make it with a pile of whipped cream with a drizzle of creme de menthe on top for color. My daddy likes a shot of Jameson’s in his coffee to this day – he calls it Irish sugar. πŸ™‚

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  4. morgaine620

    I’m rather a tea than a coffee drinker and I have to admit I never had Irish Coffee but if I get a coffee desire it has to be with lots of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Well, it’s rather a hot chocolate with coffee :-). Nice post!

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thanks Morgaine. πŸ™‚ I like coffee with chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla too. Irish Coffee is a coffee with Irish whiskey in it. I think it is popular on St. Patrick’s Day along with Guinness. πŸ™‚

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