Dr. Sabine Ladstätter (ÖAI) presents Ephesos: City, Harbor, Hinterland

Dr. Sabine Ladstätter of the Österreichischen Archäologischen Institut (ÖAI)/Austrian Academy of Sciences will examine Ephesos, the capital city of the Roman province of Asia, both the seat of the regional administration and an important transportation hub between the Aegean and Anatolia. Its lifeline was without doubt the harbor, which received a monumental structural framework. Local élites were comprised of wealthy shipowners and merchants, who profited from the exceptional position of the city and who embellished it via endowments. The sanctuary of Artemis of Ephesos also contributed to the commercial power of the region and served as a secure bank for deposits and a site of business transactions. The basic conditions were therefore precisely favourable for the advancement of Ephesos to one of the largest metropoleis of the ancient world.

Title: Ephesos: City, Harbor, Hinterland

Date: Thursday, 2. April 2020 7PM

Location: University of Colorado, Boulder (USA), Eaton Humanities, 150,
1610 Pleasant Street, Boulder, CO 80309

Co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), Department of Classics and CU Museum.


Photo credit: OeAW/Daniel Hinterramskogler

Sabine Ladstätter studied Classical Archaeology, Prehistory, Protohistory and Ancient History at the Universities of Graz and Vienna with a Doctoral degree at the University of Vienna in 1997. Between 1997-2007 she held the position of Research Assistant at the Institute for the Cultural History of Antiquity at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. After her Habilitation at the University of Vienna in 2007 she moved to the Austrian Archaeological Institute, where she became the director in 2009. Awards for Scientist of the Year in 2011 in Austria, and for the best popular scientific book in Austria in 2014, are proof of her engagement in the areas of scientific communication and public outreach. She is a member of the German Archaeological Institute, the Archaeological Institute of America and the Archaeological Institute of Bulgaria. Guest professorships at the Ecole Normale Superieur de Paris (2016) and Stanford University (2019) underscore her engagement in the fields of education and teaching, also attested by her supervision of academic degrees at a variety of European universities. Sustained by an interdisciplinary research approach, she is involved with economic- and landscape archaeology, as well as with the documentation and preservation of archaeological cultural heritage.

Slice of Life – Stories of Austrians in the US: Eva from Village Roaster

Meet Eva, owner of Village Roaster in Lakewood, CO

The Austrian Honorary Consulate would like to introduce Austrians who are living abroad and tell a bit more about what they are doing here and how they ended up in the US.

Eva was growing up in Baernbach – which translates to “Bear Creek”. It is a little city in Styria/Austria and apparently also a park in Colorado close to Lakewood, which Eva realized when moving to Colorado. Before moving to Colorado, she lived in Saudi Arabia, where she worked as a postdoc in chemistry for almost five years. There she met Eric, an American citizen and, at the time, a Kindergarten teacher. They fell in love and decided to move to Colorado where Eva and Eric got married in the summer of 2018. Both switched careers and purchased a café and roastery close to Eric’s old home in Lakewood, Colorado.

History of Village Roaster – coffee, tea and spices

The Village Roaster was established in 1979. The store was opened by Gary and Maryellen Mencimer. At the time, it was one of the very few coffee roasters in the country, bringing in specialty coffee from all over the world.

Image: Jim Curtis, Maryellen Mencimer, Kate Curtis, Gary Mencimer, Eva Pump and Eric Bakken

The main store at Alameda Avenue and Garrison Street was expanded in 1993 when the espresso bar opened. In 1994, Maryellen’s sister Kathleen and her husband Jim Curtis purchased the business and further expanded to three different locations: the main store on Alameda Avenue, a café at St. Anthony’s Hospital and a coffee cart at the Lakewood Cultural Center.

Image: Espresso bar at the Alameda/Garrison location.

Eric and Eva took over in 2018 and still roast premium coffee on premise in small batches to ensure freshness. This is what makes Village Roaster so special as Eva explains:

The coffee beans are carefully chosen. We work closely with our supplier and discuss the coffee market a lot. The process of evaluating the quality of the coffee beans and the taste of the coffee is called cupping. We cup all our coffees to make sure that we really like the coffees that we purchase.

Image: (1) Green Coffee from Sulawesi (Indonesia), (2) Probat sample roaster for evaluating coffee samples (around 100 g), (3) cupping of coffee samples to ensure quality and freshness of the beans and (4) the SCAA flavor wheel indicating taste profiles of coffee beans.


But not only the quality of the green coffee, but also the craft of coffee roasting is important to give the best experience to the customer. Since Eva and Eric arrived, they have been working on improving the coffee roasting process and roast profiles. Eva likes this process since she can draw from her experience as a chemist:

Every bean needs a certain roast profile depending on origin, density and water activity. Once you find the right profile for a certain bean, you don’t want to change it. With this digital tool, the roast profile is visualized as the coffee is roasted. There is a lot of science behind this process.”

Customers can purchase a cup of coffee or fresh roasted coffee beans by the pound. Over 30 different coffees are roasted all week long. In fact, about 4000 pounds of coffee are imported and roasted each month of coffee from all worldwide growing regions:  Africa, Asia, Indonesia, Central America, South America, and yes, Hawaii.


Image: Bins filled with (1) fresh roasted coffee beans from all over the world, (2) candy jars and (3) spices to be weighed out for the customer.

The store stocks a full range of coffee makers, filters, fine loose teas, bulk spices, and everything needed to prepare your favorite drink at home.

Eva follows up:

We love the concept of the store. It is not just a coffee shop, but also a coffee roastery, a specialty tea and spice store, a gift store. There is something for everyone. It reminds of a Greissler in the old days, where customers find a wide variety of fresh food and delicatessen. Foods are weighed out in front of you rather than being pre-packaged. In our case, we offer anything related to coffee, tea and spices. Some people come back for their daily cup of coffee, some people come for their pound of fresh roasted coffee beans, some people love to browse around to find little treasures. We even carry Manner Schnitten.”

Image: Little treats can be purchased at Village Roaster.


The store also focuses on sustainability ever since they opened, a concept which becomes more and more important nowadays. Eric mentions:

At Village Roaster, we try to encourage customers to bring back their own cup or containers. We give discounts if customers bring back their cups for their coffee drinks and containers or reusable bags for packaging fresh coffee beans, teas or spices and compost our used coffee grounds.”

Come by Village Roasters – see address below or order your bulk coffee and tea online.

Village Roasters
9255 W Alameda Ave Unit L
Lakewood, CO 80226
Phone: 303-238-8718

Austria’s New Government

What does Austria’s political future look like?

Austria’s political landscape in the past

For the last few decades, Austria’s government was comprised of a coalition of the top two parties, the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ). The political landscape included a slew of other parties, with the most dominant ones being the left Green Party (Die Grünen) and the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ).


The ÖVP won the 2017 election, having the greatest number of seats and followed by a widely publicized national and international outcry, formed a coalition with the right-wing populist FPÖ.


The scandal in 2019

On May 27th 2019, Austria´s chancellor Sebastian Kurz from the Austrian People’s Party was removed from office in a vote of no confidence among legislators after a secretly recorded video was published. In this critical video the FPÖ’s leader Heinz Christian Strache was caught offering political favors to a young woman they believed to be the niece of a wealthy Russian oligarch, advising her how to increase Russia´s influence in Austria. Headlines were dominating the news all over the world and Austria had to prepare for a new election in the fall of 2019.


Re-election in fall of 2019

However, the scandal of the so called “Ibiza-affair” had not affected former chancellor Kurz majorly during the re-elections, whereas right party had to take a big hit on votes. Previous FPÖ leader Strache had to resign from office as he was criticized widely. Sebastian Kurz’s party ÖVP once again won the election with 34.55% of all votes followed by the SPÖ with 23.89%. 3rd came the FPÖ with 17.20% despite losing about 10% compared to the former election. On the other side, Die Grünen benefited greatly from this scandal, but also from the world-wide more traction-gaining climate movement, finishing with 14.08%. The remaining percentage points were split among the NEOS (8.44%), the JETZT (1.04%) and other parties (0.80%).


Coalition & goals for the new government

Recently, the news came out that the ÖVP decided to start a new coalition with Die Grünen. Now what does that mean for Austria’s future? On paper, it´s a significant political shift since the left party Die Grünen will replace the right FPÖ in this coalition. The coalition deal includes that Die Grünen will head 4 ministries, among other things, the environmental and justice portfolios. On the other side, the peoples party will hold onto the rest of the Ministries, including the Interior, Defense and Finance Ministries. The influence of Die Grünen can be seen with environmental goals. Austria will seek to be carbon neutral by 2040 and put a price on CO2 emissions. Beginning 2030, all of Austria’s electricity is to be produced by renewable energy sources and air-travel will become more expensive in order to make railway transportation more attractive. Also to mention, despite the tax cuts, the new government doesn’t plan on new debt. Conservative priorities include plans to expand a headscarf ban for girls under 14-years-old.


Kurz mentioned in a statement that this is an ideal coalition because he believes he brought together the best of both worlds. At the end of the day, such a coalition hasn’t been seen before in Europe, so therefore the world is watching and curious how chancellor Sebastian Kurz will get along with Werner Kogler the head of Die Grünen, only time will tell.


Watch the videos from interim-Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein:

Upcoming events at Schweiger Ranch

A very precious spot in Colorado has strong Austrian roots: The Schweiger Ranch, a revived homestead founded by Austrian immigrants back in the 18 hundreds. You can read more about the history on our blog.


As we approach the holiday season, you can visit the Schweiger Ranch to attend their signature event:

December 7, 2019 – Austrian Christmas & Christkindl Market | 1:00-5:00 pm

The Schweiger Ranch Austrian Christmas & Christkindl Market celebrates the cultural heritage of the Austrian brothers who homesteaded Schweiger Ranch in 1874. There will be fun for the whole family! Visit Santa Claus and his real reindeer, have your face painted, enjoy story time and crafts making, or take a horse drawn carriage ride. There will be giveaway baskets, wreath making workshops for the adults (for purchase), an Austrian band, Austrian food and a free cup of hot cocoa or cider to keep you cozy. Stop by the Christkindl Market for presents that will add a local handcrafted touch to your gift giving. The event culminates with the awe and wonder of the annual holiday tree lighting.

If you cannot make this event, come by the Ranch for the display of holiday lights, daily from 5:00-8:00 pm from December 7, 2019 – January 26, 2020.

If you are more a history buff, then the self-guided tours of the historic house and buildings might be more up your alley. Offered during the monthly open houses from 1:00-5:00 pm on the 3rd Saturday of the each month from April– December.

If you want to get into the holiday spirit, also bake some holiday cookies at home. Get recipes of typical Austrian cookies such as Kokosussserln, Vanillekipferln and Linzeraugen on our blog.

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