jezz Senior Member Joined: 2 May 2006 Posts: 9 Location: Perth Expertise: Pro Barista
Posted Thu Nov 13, 2008, 4:29pm Subject: Re: Espresso in Paris
Hey T_Rick, Great boutique coffee is hard to come by over in Paris! After working and training over there for the last few months I can safely recommend a couple of places. First head to Galeries Lafayette, to the little red cars that are parked both inside and outside of the gourmet/mens department- ask to speak to Aleaume or Tom, the owners as they will be more than happy to talk to you about coffee and show you around. They will also tell you about the changing attitudes towards espresso in France. Then head to cafe Soluna at 52, Rue Hôtel de Ville (metro pont Marie) they are a little roastery and cafe that have good machines and passionate staff, usually a good mix!
Well, I didn't make it over to the Galeries Lafayette, primarily because of the holiday shopping season being in full bloom when I was there at the beginning of the month. I had no intention of fighting through the hordes of consumers at that place!
I did make it to Caféothèque Soluna at the end of my trip. Great place. I didn't have to look too hard to find it. The smoke billowing out of the front door was a clue to the location; he was roasting a batch when I got there. Obviously, the roaster isn't vented. However, being a "garage" roaster at home, I appreciated the smell of something familiar after a week of wet and rainy downtown Paris. I had to walk the gauntlet of smoke to get to the bar and couches in the back, so the smell stayed with me for the rest of the day... awesome. Anyway, the coffee was the best I had all week.
I also want to let people know of a good place (IMHO) in the 16ième Arrondissement: Le Franklin. This place is a real decent bistro bar at 1, rue Benjamin Franklin (directly up the street from Métro Passy). Not the best coffee in Paris, I'm sure, but you can tell they take a certain pride in their establishment and what it's meant to offer. Always busy there too, which is always a good sign. The shots were consistently decent. Not great, but decent espresso. In Paris, that's a tall order. I also ate dinner there - very good.
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