Black Walnut: A Café of Village Proportions

Imagine walking into a café in a quiet, quaint village, hidden from tourists, but frequented by the locals. Once upon a time, the mid-sized industrial city of London, Ontario had a streetcar running from the center of town to the neighboring beach town of Port Stanley, transporting beach goers to and from the city without … Continue reading Black Walnut: A Café of Village Proportions

Fire Roasted Coffee Company: A Diamond in the Rough

Imagine walking into a café that’s a little rough around the edges, but polished in all the right places. Presenting… Fire Roasted [105 King Street N6A 1C1 (London, Ontario, Canada)] Located in downtown London, Ontario across from the coveted entertainment conglomerate, Budweiser Gardens (formally the Labatt Center) and the venerable Covent Garden Market, Fire Roasted … Continue reading Fire Roasted Coffee Company: A Diamond in the Rough

Fragments: Café Simplicity.

Imagine walking into a café back in time where vintage is still considered modern and minimalism is valued over extravagance. Presenting... Fragments [76 rue des Tournelles 75003 (Paris, France, 3rd district)] This humble coffee hangout recently celebrated their 2nd anniversary, but their name is the only thing new to the Paris café scene. The self-taught … Continue reading Fragments: Café Simplicity.

Journey Update: Proud & Panicking

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon Last week, life turned a little brighter. I had a series of job interviews with a host of cafes in Paris, thanks to hospo.jobs and coffeepeoplefrance, and there was one barista possibility that particularly caught my eye. But here's the catch: … Continue reading Journey Update: Proud & Panicking

Loustic: the Amaranthine Café

Imagine walking into a café with the dapper Jay Gatsby, the ardent Samwise Gamgee, the zealous Inigo Montoya, the tenacious Katniss Everdeen, the mighty Hercules, and ever other character who never gives up.  Presenting... Café Loustic [40 Rue Chapon, 75003 (Paris, France, 3rd district)] Loustic is an unfading, immortal phoenix. On Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016), … Continue reading Loustic: the Amaranthine Café