San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
America’s First Irish Coffee
was made here in 1952
It was inspirationally invented
at Shannon Airport by
It was fortuitously introduced here by
It was nurtured to a national institution by
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Science & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is November 10, 1952.
Location. 37° 48.395′ N, 122° 25.242′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Beach Street and Hyde Street, on the left when traveling east on Beach Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2765 Hyde Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Buena Vista Cafe (here, next to this marker); Friedel Klussman (within shouting distance of this marker); Barbary Coast Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Del Monte Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The South End Rowing Club (about 400 feet away); The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club (about 500 feet away); Propellers from Klamath (about 500 feet away); Steam Donkey Engine (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . .
1. Irish Coffee (Wikipedia). Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, brought Irish coffee to the United States after drinking it at Shannon Airport, when he worked with the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco to start serving it on November 10, 1952, and worked with the bar owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg to recreate the Irish method for floating the cream on top of the coffee, sampling the drink one night until he nearly passed out. The group also sought help from the city's then mayor, George Christopher, who owned a dairy and suggested that cream aged at least 48 hours would be more apt to float. Delaplane popularized the drink by mentioning it frequently in his travel column, which was widely read throughout America. In later years, after the Buena Vista had served, by its count, more than 30 million of the drinks, Delaplane (Submitted on April 4, 2018.)
2. Buena Vista Cafe- Where Irish Coffee came to America: By Stan Linhorst (YouTube, 4 min.). (Submitted on April 4, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 67 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week November 10, 2019. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.