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...]

At A Delicious Coffee Cupping In Paris (Of All Places)

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It’s Saturday morning and I’m biking across Paris to get to a cupping at Belleville Brûlerie, a roaster that opened late last fall and is already supplying some of the most popular cafes around town. There’s a lot of talk about the growing coffee scene in Paris right now, and the guys behind Belleville are doing their best to make sure the movement … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of February 1st, 2014

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Maybe you spent the last week digging out of the latest monster snow storm, or maybe you were just too busy sitting by the fire getting warm. Whatever the case may be, here’s the coffee news you missed over the last seven days—all in one spot. It’s like an unseasonably cold polar vortex, only way more comfortable and easy to read. Cafe … [Read more...]

In Paris, A Craft Roaster And Brewery Join Forces

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The first thing I said when I moved to Paris was, “God, the coffee is terrible.” The second thing I said was, “the beer is awful too.” And so began the search for any drink that was even remotely craft related. France is a cafe country, but not a coffee country, and by the same token, it’s a brasserie country (which in French, actually means … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of January 18th, 2014

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The Big Eastern Barista Championship is in full swing this weekend in Durham, NC—and while coffee professionals from all over the country participate in the festivities, we’ve got you covered here on Sprudge with all the latest coffee news and links. Big Eastern! Sprudge is on site in Durham to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage of the … [Read more...]

Coffee à la Française: The Bordeaux and Burgundy Blends at Cafe Lomi

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France is known for mediocre coffee. That's changing, with a plethora of new Parisian cafes bringing speciality coffee to the City of Light. But if you’re going to change the French palate you’ll have to start with something that they can relate to, and what better way than wine? There’s Montmartre and then there’s the 18th arrondissement. … [Read more...]

Cafe Craft: The Paris Cafe For Freelancers

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Drag your Macbook along with you to a cafe in Paris and you’ll probably end up being hard pressed to get any work done. While there are a handful of cafes that tolerate their space being used as a workspace, the hole-up-for-five-hours-and-get-a-coffee-buzz-that-only-a-freelancer-knows concept doesn’t really fly here. And yet… As the French … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week Of September 14th, 2013

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  If you're anything like me, you've spent the last week glued to the Sprudge.com home page clicking "refresh." It's been a week packed full of incredible content from all over the world—from high-end coffee developments in Vietnam to a parade of photos of the brand new Stumptown LA. In case you missed it, here's what's happened in the … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of…Paris? Meet 5 Brand New Cafes Opening This Fall

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What makes a zeitgeist? How many shops or photos denote a "cavalcade"? A cafe boom? A moment of precipitous growth? By any metric, in any system of measurement, there's something very special happening right now in Paris, where no fewer than 5 quite promising cafes are set to open this autumn, in time for the city's busy (and magical) holiday … [Read more...]

Très Bon! Meet Victor Delpierre, 2013 French Coffee In Good Spirits Champion

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Sprudge.com co-founder Zachary Carlsen is reporting to you this week from Milan. Victor Delpierre, 26, joins over twenty champions at this year's Dalla Corte Campus, and Olympic-village style free-for-all of training and memorable experiences leading up to the 2013 SCAE World Of Coffee show in Nice, France this coming June 26th-28th. Mr. Delpierre … [Read more...]

French Kiss: The NYT’s Parisian Strand Job

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After slurping and schlepping all over Paris, a city he clearly dearly loves, Oliver Strand has proudly released this shortlist of recommended cafes for the City of Lights: Finally, Paris has a coffee scene. The city has always been the paradox of the industry, a great cafe town where an otherwise discerning audience happily throws back watery … [Read more...]

Cultural Imperialism, C’est Bon!

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Who's that man up there? Why, that's just Randy Levine, author of the website Snob Coffery. Randy reviews coffees, talks about brew methods, riffs on life, has a neat section called "Missed Connections" about things that are happening in the coffee scene. Mr. Levine was recently interviewed by another great website called Corner of the Cafe. … [Read more...]

Update! “New Edition” On Extra Specialty Coffee

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This just in! We just happened upon the latest episode of the French chat-show "New Edition", and it features New York Time's Oliver Strand, the many hunky dreamboats of Frog Fight, outrageous outfits and questionable latte art pours in a big five-minute piece about the burgeoning extra-specialty coffee scene in Paris. But honestly, we can't … [Read more...]