Coffee and Coffee Travel

The Coffee Scene in Paris: Le Renouveau

November 20, 2015

A few weeks ago I was researching the coffee scene in Paris, not realizing that a short time later people sitting in restaurants and bars would be the target of machine gun attacks. On reflection, although the timing could be better, I feel that we have to go on living our lives as normally as possible, hence this post.

 

La Caféothèque changed the coffee scene in Paris

La Caféothèque

 

The Coffee Scene in Paris As It Was…

Twenty plus years ago, coffee in Paris was usually a quick espresso taken at the bar to avoid the extortionate prices of a table outside. The coffee was strong, but not exactly subtle and the taste was usually uniform. While in the 90s many countries developed a real coffee culture, complete with an interest in the provenance and taste of coffee, France stayed close to its traditions. Then, at the dawn of the new millennium, things started to change.  The first omen of that change was also the first stop on my Parisian coffee trek. La Caféothèque…

 

La Caféothèque

Guatemalan woman, Grace Montenegro, founded La Caféothèque in 2001. This café aims to showcase the produce of single coffee estates from around the world. Not only can you have your cup of Joe here, but there are also coffee tastings, courses on coffee blends, brewing techniques and even barista training. Located on the quays facing Ile Saint Louis, it is a rambling café with a dedicated area for coffee tasting sessions. Apart from the great coffee, the wooden floors and ceilings create a warm environment. The menu is, needless to say, extensive and I tried a latte. The consistency was creamy and the coffee had a rich flavour.  It was even worth the almost six euro price tag. On the negative side, the central location means that it gets a huge passing trade, so it does have a somewhat touristy feel.

 

Creamy Latte at La Caféothèque

La Caféothèque may have been the forerunner of today’s more sophisticated Parisian coffee culture.  However, it has spawned a host of imitators. Goodcoffeeinparis.com recommends at least twenty different places to enjoy your cup of Joe. Given that I was staying in Montmartre, I decided to check one out in the 18th arrondissement, Café Lomi at 3 ter Rue Marcadet.

 

Café Lomi

Cafè Lomi

Café Lomi was created in 2010 with the aim of introducing sophisticated coffees to businesses and to the general public. They visit plantations across the world in order to select the best beans for their coffee. Like La Caféothèque, Café Lomi also has a school that offers a similar range of classes and courses.

It was 6 pm on a cool October evening when I visited this café; I needed a strong coffee to warm me up and therefore selected a Costa Rican blend prepared with a slow drip method. The coffee was dark and strong, a perfect pick me up early in the evening.  Despite the less than stellar location (I had to walk through some pretty dodgy streets to find it), the style and feel of the café were appealing. It has a big open feel, with its large windows, wooden floors and upholstered leather seats (this is how I imagine the perfect Seattle café). Also, as a coffee lover, I appreciated the information sheet on the provenance and qualities of my Costa Rican coffee. Perhaps due to its less central location, Café Lomi had more of a local/expat trade than La Caféothèque, yet another point in its favour.

The Verdict:

La Caféothèque

Pros: Great coffee, sprawling feel and easy to access

Cons: Busy and touristy

 

Café Lomi:

Pros: Fabulous coffee, comfort and information on each cup you drink

Cons: Location, location, location

 

Useful Information

La Caféothèque:

Address:  52 Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris

Website: www.lacafeotheque.com

Telephone: 33 1 53 01 83 84

Metro: Pont Marie, Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Paul

 

Café Lomi:

Address:  3 Ter Rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris

Website: cafelomi.com

Telephone: 33 9 80 39 56 24

Metro: Marcadet-Poissoniers

 

Want to find out more?

This website is a good place to start planning your coffee adventures in Paris.

http://www.goodcoffeeinparis.com/

 

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  • Nancy November 21, 2015 at 05:17

    Thank you for this info. With so many choices for coffee in Paris its hard to choose and hope you found a good cafe. Your recommendations will help us to make the right choice!

    • Unlatinoverde November 22, 2015 at 18:11

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I love it when someone really interacts with a post. I’m glad that you found the recommendations useful. Also, at the end of the post I included a link to a comprehensive website where you can find profiles for many cafes in Paris. Hopefully, that should help you get some great coffee on your next trip.

  • The Roaming Renegades.com November 22, 2015 at 00:20

    This is one of the things I love about Paris, the cafes. Lovely places to sit back and people watch, work or just enjoy some great food and drink.

    • Unlatinoverde November 22, 2015 at 10:11

      You are so right. That is the joy of cafes everywhere, but Paris is a great place to people watch.

  • evan kristine November 22, 2015 at 16:39

    Great finds! Thanks for sharing. Coffee scene seems to be so wild in Paris 🙂

    • Unlatinoverde November 22, 2015 at 16:43

      Everything from the traditional Parisian bistro to the connoisseur’s coffee shop. It’s always a great place to visit. Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment, greatly appreciated.

  • Milosz Zak November 22, 2015 at 17:47

    Some of the best coffee I’ve ever had was in Northern Italy, but have yet to try Paris, although I was there for a few days.

    • Unlatinoverde November 22, 2015 at 17:53

      I have to agree with you 100% on that one, Milosz Zak. Having spent four years in Milan (not by a long shot my favourite city), I would have to say that I miss the coffee, which was spectacular. Outside the city centre, you could get a latte macchiato for one euro forty and it was always delicious. If you have any recommendations for great coffee anywhere, send them to unlatinoverde@gmail.com and I’ll look them up if I’m ever nearby.

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  • Jennifer St Louis February 15, 2016 at 19:28

    Now I must return to Paris to sample the coffee! Thanks so much for posting.

  • Ami Bhat February 16, 2016 at 03:27

    Paris has so many options and without a guide like this, am bound to be lost. Saving this for my next trip…Cheers

  • Bohemian Bowman February 16, 2016 at 05:07

    Fortunately, I’ve had the pleasure to visit Paris. Unfortunately, I was young (20ish) and didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t even drink coffee yet! Regrets, man. Regrets.

    • Unlatinoverde February 16, 2016 at 08:31

      There’s never a bad time to go back to Paris. And there’s never a bad time to have a coffee…

  • Marta - Learningescapes February 16, 2016 at 18:52

    I am a huge coffee lover and Cafe Lomi seems the kind of place I would really enjoy – what’s some dodgy street if the reward is coffee? I am sure it was worth the stroll 🙂

  • Melody Pittman February 17, 2016 at 03:38

    Fun post, though not a coffee drinker, I loved your comparison and history. 😉

  • sellallyourstuff February 18, 2016 at 13:32

    Great information for coffee lovers!

    • Unlatinoverde February 18, 2016 at 13:59

      More coming soon, but from a different destination.

  • whereisnoodles February 18, 2016 at 19:31

    Wow what a great niche for a blog! Combining my two great joys, travel and coffee!

    • Unlatinoverde February 18, 2016 at 19:49

      More coming this year.

  • Ajay Sood February 18, 2016 at 21:23

    Coffee is not my thing. But loved the nuanced description of the ambience!

  • Vyjay Rao February 19, 2016 at 04:44

    The cafes and coffee of Paris are iconic and your post is a wonderful pointer.

  • Taylor's Tracks February 19, 2016 at 14:19

    Coffee always looks delicious but I can’t get myself to drink it, I’m more of a tea person! But I wouldn’t mind hanging out in some French cafes!

  • fittwotravel February 23, 2016 at 05:13

    Love the cafes in Paris! One of the things I love most about traveling is exploring the cafes!

  • Leticia Perez (@trucosviajeros) February 23, 2016 at 22:20

    Awesome! my sister is going to love this!! She’s driving me crazy looking for the best cafes for our next trip 😀

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