Irish coffees with the Irish tech entrepreneurs

Have you ever had an “Irish Coffee?” Did you know it’s not Irish at all? Well, it was invented in San Francisco. Ooopsss, turns out it was invented in Ireland but popularized by the bar in San Francisco.

So, when I heard that “Paddy’s Valley” (a group of Irish tech entrepreneurs) was coming to San Francisco I knew I HAD to take them to where the Irish Coffee was brought to America, Buena Vista.

Even better: you’re invited! 8 p.m. next Monday, December 3rd at the Buena Vista bar. Be there and be Irish. San Francisco style.

Oh, and wait until the Chinese come to town and learn that the Chinese Fortune Cookie was invented here too. :-)

If you’re coming, please leave a comment here.

Comments

  1. Several of my Irish friends are on that trip. It will be, as they only say ironically, ‘good craic’.

    Robert, they’ll drink you under the table. Don’t try to keep up, and be sure to eat first.

  2. Several of my Irish friends are on that trip. It will be, as they only say ironically, ‘good craic’.

    Robert, they’ll drink you under the table. Don’t try to keep up, and be sure to eat first.

  3. I’m going on the trip but purely as a tech tourist…

    (B)rendan is right, Irish coffee hails from Foynes in Co. Limerick. I’m from Limerick, so I should know. :)
    The town holds an Irish Coffee festival annually (although it was cancelled in 2006).

    On the hard drinking, well – I’m sure there’s a few hard nuts in the group.

  4. I’m going on the trip but purely as a tech tourist…

    (B)rendan is right, Irish coffee hails from Foynes in Co. Limerick. I’m from Limerick, so I should know. :)
    The town holds an Irish Coffee festival annually (although it was cancelled in 2006).

    On the hard drinking, well – I’m sure there’s a few hard nuts in the group.

  5. Robert,

    Thanks for the invite. Us “Paddy Valleyers” leave Ireland on Sunday, so should have got rid of our Jetlag by Monday and be “rareing” to go (as they say here!).

    Looking forward to it!

  6. Robert,

    Thanks for the invite. Us “Paddy Valleyers” leave Ireland on Sunday, so should have got rid of our Jetlag by Monday and be “rareing” to go (as they say here!).

    Looking forward to it!

  7. I’m part of the PaddysValley group and really looking forward to it Robert. And seeing as Irish Coffee was ‘invented’ only 15 miles away from me in Foynes, Co. Limerick I’ll be happy to regale you with the true history. You might be interested in clicking through to the webpage for the http://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/ to learn a bit more -

    “Foynes, Ireland, became the center of the aviation world from 1939 to 1945. On July 9th 1939, Pan Am’s luxury Flying Boat, the “Yankee Clipper” landed at Foynes. This was the first commercial passenger flight on a direct route from the USA to Europe. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, this quiet little town on the Shannon became the focal point for air traffic on the North Atlantic…… Captain Charlie Blair, later to become the husband of the actress Maureen O’Hara, had made the first non-stop passenger flight from Foynes to New York in 25 hours, 40 minutes….”

  8. I’m part of the PaddysValley group and really looking forward to it Robert. And seeing as Irish Coffee was ‘invented’ only 15 miles away from me in Foynes, Co. Limerick I’ll be happy to regale you with the true history. You might be interested in clicking through to the webpage for the http://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/ to learn a bit more -

    “Foynes, Ireland, became the center of the aviation world from 1939 to 1945. On July 9th 1939, Pan Am’s luxury Flying Boat, the “Yankee Clipper” landed at Foynes. This was the first commercial passenger flight on a direct route from the USA to Europe. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, this quiet little town on the Shannon became the focal point for air traffic on the North Atlantic…… Captain Charlie Blair, later to become the husband of the actress Maureen O’Hara, had made the first non-stop passenger flight from Foynes to New York in 25 hours, 40 minutes….”

  9. Oooof! Don’t try to keep up with their drinking. Oh and just smile and nod when they ask “what’s the craic?” – Years of working with an Irish designer, and that question still stumped me every morning! ;)

    Have a great week, little Paddies!

  10. Oooof! Don’t try to keep up with their drinking. Oh and just smile and nod when they ask “what’s the craic?” – Years of working with an Irish designer, and that question still stumped me every morning! ;)

    Have a great week, little Paddies!

  11. Since the Irish are invading your blog thought I’d chip in. Sad I can’t be going on the Paddy’s Valley trip but I’ll be seeing you in London on the 7th.

  12. Since the Irish are invading your blog thought I’d chip in. Sad I can’t be going on the Paddy’s Valley trip but I’ll be seeing you in London on the 7th.

  13. To understand the origin of Irish Coffee you must remember that coffee in Ireland was referred to as THE American coffee as Tea was the beverage of choice back then.

    So when an America at Shannon asked for a cup of coffee a bartender replied Oh THE American coffee, and he said No gimme an Irish coffee and as the bar had whiskey and whipped cream the creative bartender fixed one-up and the American said I like Irish coffee, gimme another…

  14. To understand the origin of Irish Coffee you must remember that coffee in Ireland was referred to as THE American coffee as Tea was the beverage of choice back then.

    So when an America at Shannon asked for a cup of coffee a bartender replied Oh THE American coffee, and he said No gimme an Irish coffee and as the bar had whiskey and whipped cream the creative bartender fixed one-up and the American said I like Irish coffee, gimme another…

  15. I hope all these guys don’t come back to Ireland full of social networking and Web 2.0 koolaid. We’ve managed to have a realistic approach to IT in the Emerald Isle and the last thing we need is a load of hot air and vapourware being punted by a bunch of self-promoters and “visionaries”.

  16. I hope all these guys don’t come back to Ireland full of social networking and Web 2.0 koolaid. We’ve managed to have a realistic approach to IT in the Emerald Isle and the last thing we need is a load of hot air and vapourware being punted by a bunch of self-promoters and “visionaries”.

  17. Becker family lore has it that a distant relation of mine and Oliver St. John Gogarty invented “Irish Coffee” in the Fleet St. bar on Fleet St. in Dublin. Allegedly this was long before the guy in Foynes “invented it”.

    Looking forward to see you all there Monday.

  18. Becker family lore has it that a distant relation of mine and Oliver St. John Gogarty invented “Irish Coffee” in the Fleet St. bar on Fleet St. in Dublin. Allegedly this was long before the guy in Foynes “invented it”.

    Looking forward to see you all there Monday.

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