Now Open In Paris: Hexagone Cafe, In The 14th Arrondissement

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Paris is a city of neighborhoods. That is to say, that while people may work in another part of town, all the essential day-to-day Parisian routines—buying a baguette, getting vegetables, finding a good slab of funky smelling cheese—happen close to home. Certainly, people venture far beyond their doorstep to try new restaurants, go to art … [Read more...]

Recipes And Joie De Vivre At The French AeroPress Championship

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On Monday, March 9th, Paris’ coffee crowd gathered at the funky and eclectic Le Comptoir General for the second annual French AeroPress Championships, organized by Reseau Baristas de France. The prize up for grabs was a round trip to the World AeroPress Championships in Seattle in April, thanks to sponsors Art of Coffee by coffee importer Belco … [Read more...]

A Chic Outdoor Cafe, Nestled In A Parisian Courtyard

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In French, the expression for window shopping is, lèche-vitrine, literally “window licking.” Walking down rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, window shopping was the only kind of shopping I was going to do. Hermes, Chanel, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent—these are the kind of stores a normal person wonders if they even have the right to enter. It was no … [Read more...]

The Best of France’s Roasting Scene At Matamata Paris

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Gérald Arek discovered the world of specialty coffee like many French people tend to do: while traveling in Australia. Upon his return he trained as a barista, and until he and his business partner Gaël Soucasse opened Matamata in Paris in the early fall of 2014, he could be seen pulling shots and keeping customers entertained with his bright … [Read more...]

Notes From Le Carnaval De Cafe, A Coffee Origin Conference (In Paris)

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At the end of January, Paris hosted the second Le Carnaval du Cafe (LCDC), an event put together by Collaborative Coffee Source (CCS), a Norway-based coffee importer. It was an ambitious two day event packed full of presentations and cuppings, with Monday devoted to Africa and Tuesday devoted to South and Central America. The list of speakers … [Read more...]

At Blackburn Coffee In Paris, Cozy Trumps Trendy

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While your quintessential Parisian cafe may be described as chic, classic, or cultured, “cozy” probably wouldn’t make the list. After all, zinc bars and espresso don’t evoke the same feeling as an overstuffed armchair and a cappuccino. Nothing wrong with that; I do love my moments of writing existential thoughts in a notebook while sipping an … [Read more...]

CREAM Joins New Crop Of Paris Cafes

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There once was a time when there was no good coffee to be found in Paris. Those days are, thankfully, over. But now that Parisians have found a soft spot for specialty coffee and the cafes that serve it, a new problem has arisen: the desire to plug into a trend, regardless of whether or not you understand what sparked that trend. In the last … [Read more...]

In The Wake Of Tragedy, A Letter From Paris

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Yesterday, a vicious, hate-filled attack occurred in Paris, with twelve people, including police, journalists and illustrators massacred during an editorial meeting. As our morning Sprudge editorial meeting convened, none of us could tear our attention away from the news, and thoughts of how our long-time Paris Desk Anna Brones was doing. We wound … [Read more...]

A Coffee Day In Paris

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Standing at the top of the Parc de Belleville looking over the obscured perspective of Paris it makes me wonder why it’s taken 14 years to come back to this city. As a teenager I visited Paris and saw all the sights, took in the cosmopolitan atmosphere and felt the rush of experiencing my first foreign city independently. Living over the channel in … [Read more...]

Paris: A Guide To Coffee In The Marais

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If you were forced to name a hub of the Parisian craft coffee scene, it would have to be the Marais. Kind of like Seattle must have been in the early 1990s, when it was the one place in the country where there was always a Starbucks a stone’s throw away, no matter where you found yourself. Like that, but with adorable independent cafes.  Ok, so … [Read more...]

Sprudge.com Adds Two New Regional Desks – Now Seeking Writers Worldwide

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Allow us this momentary break in bringing you coffee news from around the world to talk, if only briefly, about some exciting internal news at Sprudge. Our publication is rapidly approaching its 5th birthday; it continues to be wholly owned and operated by Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelman, and funded by a carefully chosen network of brand … [Read more...]

Paris: A Guide To Some Of The Best Cafes In Canal St. Martin

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If you have read any type of “Insider’s Guide” to Paris in the last few years, you have heard mention of Canal Saint-Martin. Lovers of the film Amélie will know it as the place that the film’s heroine skips rocks, and history buffs will know that it was constructed during Napoleon’s rule. But the most important thing is to know that while a picnic … [Read more...]

A Swedish Coffee Break in the Heart of Paris

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Paris, like a lot of other cities around the world, has a love affair with Scandinavia. Maybe it’s the functional, yet attractive nature of Scandinavian design, or maybe it’s because the French secretly want to be eating dark rye bread for breakfast. But whatever it is, there’s a scattering of Scandinavian-focused places around Paris, meaning that … [Read more...]

A Guide To Good Coffee In Montmartre

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To the tourist eye, Montmartre is the artsy, hilly part of town, signified by the iconic white Sacre Coeur church sitting atop the hill. It’s where Amélie Poulain charmed us with her parisienne ways and it’s where we like to think of artists going to reside, holing up in studios, inspired by the city around them. To the local, Montmartre is also … [Read more...]

Coffee With Your Lifestyle Brand At The Maison Kitsuné Cafe In Paris

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Launched in 2002, Maison Kitsuné has come to represent a concept that so many people have tried to copy since: the intersection of fashion, music and design. A music label, a design brand and a concept store, Maison Kitsuné has become a bit of an icon here in Paris, with a list of notable artists attached like Housse de Racket and Two Door Cinema … [Read more...]

Parisian Roaster Coutume Café Is Headed To Tokyo

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As if opening up a craft roastery in Paris wasn’t enough, Coutume Café is branching out and heading to Tokyo, with a new café slated to open the first week of April in the popular Aoyama neighborhood at 5-8-10 Minamiaoyama. Sprudge.com is pleased to be first to report on the roaster's transcontinental expansion, which will include an Alpha Dominche … [Read more...]