To the best coffee place I've ever been to and probably ever will -
Rest in peace. Alas, I promise you all your great coffee drinks have not been wasted. I think I'd been going there since I could drive. There are two things and two things only that would draw me back to Houston (other than seeing family, etc). Those two things are 1) going to my fire station and doing firefighting stuff and 2) going to Vienna coffee. And now reason 2) is gone. And reason 1) isn't doing much better- it's been so long since I've been back long enough for firefighting. Luckily, when I was in Houston in July for a wedding I went there. Little did I know it would be the last time. Let me explain. Every time I go to Houston, I would go to Vienna Coffee every day. This drink they made called the Mocha Glacier was amazing. No matter how long it had been since I'd been to Houston and thus to Vienna Coffee, as soon as I walked in, the owner always knew what I was going to order. And remembered me and asked me how I was doing. I don't know how she remembered me when she only saw me two times a year or so for the past few years, for periods of 3 or 4 day stretches each time I came. It seems like I was just in there.
In a world where a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts is on every corner, I knew Vienna Coffee's days were numbered. A place like that is just too good for the world. Everything was too delicious, too amazing, and cheaper than Starbucks... free internet, wonderful coffee, wonderful special coffee drinks, small cozy atmosphere, outdoor patio, nice owner, gelato, books to read, homemade cookies. I just never knew when the end would be.
(I'll have to write a better tribute than this when I have more time. Now I have none. I'll also have to combine this with a tribute to Tigger, our cat of 13 years who was lost about a week after my parents moved to their new house in August.... , since I just realized I don't think I ever gave him a proper farewell. I think part of me thought he would still be found. Need I say, Tigger was reason number 3) to go to Houston.)