Working with the gourmet catering company DO & CO (also Austrian), the airline goes far above and beyond any usual airline coffee to offer ten different specialty coffees, all traditional Viennese, to passengers flying in the front of the plane.
The coffee itself is Julius Meinl, a Vienna-based coffee roaster and coffeehouse chain known for luxuriously smooth cups of the stuff, and you'll wake up to its smell wafting through the cabin. Shift your lie-flat bed seat back into upright position, make the difficult decision of which coffee drink to try, and wait while a flight attendant prepares your drink to order. Of course, this is all depending on if you're still hungry after the dinner of a few hours earlier, which is also a DO & CO production featuring a real chef who can talk you through the menu and then individually prepare the meals.
If you want our recommendation, we'd go with the Einspänner because it packs a serious caffeine punch (2 shots of espresso!) with very little dilution and just a hit of necessary sweetness thanks to the whip cream. Arrive in Vienna fully refreshed, fully caffeinated, and fully ready to jump in a car and head to a meeting or your first tourist site.
An Eis Kaffee, as served onboard:
[Photos: Austrian Airlines, DO & CO, andynash]