Good Coffee in Paris? (France, that is)

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Good Coffee in Paris? (France, that is)

Postby TimNoble on Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:12 pm

No offense intended to the lone star contingent, but my wife's folks are going to be in Barcelona and the Left Bank (Ste. Germaine) in a month or so, and I'd like to help them out. Any suggestions for good coffee, not particularly espresso, would be ever so appreciated.

The story of their trip to Amsterdam a few weeks ago is hilarious, but they never did get their coffee as they like it... :wink:

What exactly is the state of brewed coffee in Paris, and France in general? I haven't a clue about this and would like to know more for my own edification...

If you've got the name of a stellar place in Barcelona, I'd love that too, but they're returning there for the Nth time and have a pretty set routine.

Thanks, all.
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Re: Good Coffee in Paris? (France, that is)

Postby phaelon56 on Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:21 am

Some may disagree but my assessment of the state of coffee in France - both brewed and espresso - is that it's abysmal. I spent a week in Paris in January 2004 and ended up, in desperation, at Starbucks by my third day.

I did have one decent espresso pulled from Illy at a place in the Marais. I believe it was Cafe Vespa. I've heard from some people who had coffee they enjoyed in Paris. I can only think that there are pockets of decent coffee and I just didn't stumble across them. The drink I was served was about the fluid volume of a double espresso but was more like highly concentrated black coffee than espresso. At about 3.00 to 3.50 Euros apiece the price was ridiculous.

Here's a blog entry from Chez Pim in which she discusses this topic and makes three recommendations - all of which I'm inclined to trust based on her reputation.


http://chezpim.typepad.com/blogs/2005/0 ... _drin.html
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Re: Good Coffee in Paris? (France, that is)

Postby JavaJ on Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:50 pm

It's funny that even way back in 1995, I was pretty disappointed by my espresso experiences in Paris. The wine was pretty tasty though! It seems that not much has changed.

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Re: Good Coffee in Paris? (France, that is)

Postby TimNoble on Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:10 pm

UPDATE:
Starbucks has opened several new locations around the city, and a few notable cafes are serving "American Coffee" with good results. I'll post some photos and addresses in a few days.
Thanks for the info, guys.
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Re: Good Coffee in Paris? (France, that is)

Postby phaelon56 on Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:51 am

When I visited Paris the 'bucks already had a location in Montparnasse just a block or so away from the big train station. They had a couple different coffees available by the press pot (for obvious reasons they don't call it a "French Press" 'cause they're already in France!).
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