How to Make Fresh Roasted Irish Coffee

John H.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Updated May 07, 2021

Irish Coffee is famous for being just about the best winter warmer around (for adults)! This recipe comes from Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco, home of the original Irish Coffee. We tried it here in our test kitchen and we couldn’t wait to share it with you! Here’s what the experts have to say about it:

“The Irish Coffee was invented by Chef Joe Sheridan in Ireland and made famous in America by the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco. Since 1952, they’ve sold millions of their perfected Irish Coffees over the years. They’re still served to this day at the Buena Vista. Here’s how you can enjoy one in your own home.”

The Buena Vista uses a local light roast, and we’ve found that our new FRC Light Roast Artisan Blend comes very close to the original. However, for those that are looking for a deeper, darker Irish coffee, the FRC Dark Roast will toast you all the way through.

No one likes waiting for drinks, so let’s get right to it. Here’s how to make your very own Buena Vista-inspired Irish Coffee.

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The best part about using drip coffee is you will undoubtedly have enough in the pot for a couple more glasses before you have to brew a second pot, so sip in moderation. How neatly you can pour whisky into a jigger or layer the cream on top after two or three is debatable, so good luck!

Hats off to Paul Nolan who’s served over five MILLION Irish Coffees from behind the bar at the BV. If you make it to SF, tell him we said “hello.” He’ll know what it means.

Buena Vista’s IG is @thebuenavistasf


  • AC
    Anthony Calvaruso

    Have visited Buena Vista many times The Best

  • D

    yum, now I’m warm again! thanx

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