Imagine walking into a café where time has stopped. For what seems like an eternity, you bathe in the stillness surrounded by the tranquil scent of coffee. You are alone at the beginning of time.
[52 rue Hôtel de Ville 75004 (Paris, France; 4th district)]
Fifteen years ago, Paris was void of any decent coffee, let alone good coffee. Then along came Gloria Montenegro and changed the coffee game for everyone. She taught Parisians that le petit noir can be a delectably, delicious experience, and not a putrid attack of the senses. Opening La Caféothèque in 2005, her pioneering spirit paved the way for café legends: Thomas Lehoux (Ten Belles & Belleville Brûlerie) and Channa Galhenage (Loustic) just to name a few.
Quality of Service:
If you’re in a rush, this is not the coffee shop for you. Once you arrive, you will be left to your own devices for what seems like an eternity before someone comes to take your order. This may seem ignorant and rude to some patrons, but take a moment to consider their intentions. Like citizens of most big cities, Parisians are constantly on-the-go, rarely having a chance to pause. Unlike most cafés where you order upon arrival, the baristas at La Caféothèque give you time to indulge in those sweet moments of nothingness before they swoop in to interrupt. Embarrassingly enough, I was so far off into Never-Neverland that I accidently stayed 30 minutes past closing. Opps! *:ﾟ*｡⋆ฺ(*´◡`)
Take a breath. Enjoy the stillness. It’s the perfect time for self-reflection [or to check out the über cute baristas].
Quality of Product:
Being the pioneer of good coffee in Paris, La Caféothèque has had the time to perfect their beans, and oh boy do they deliver! Their flat white (5.50 euros, 645 yen, 7 dollars) and mocha (“) were delectably, delicious. The flavours were complex, yet simple. This is because all of their coffee are single-origin. No blends! Need more La Caféothèque in your life? They roast and package their own line of café or, which are available for purchase in store and online.
Cafés du Jour: Pulcal Guatemala (available online boutique), Harrar Ethiope & Dom Jiménez Republique Dominicaine (primé)
Since you will be staying for a while, might as well try one of their tasty baked goods or the quiche & salad set. No photo available… because I was hungry. Opps again! (n˘v˘•)¬
Quality of Atmosphere:
As I mentioned before, La Caféothèque roast their beans on site so, there is a constant aroma of splendor in the air, and it will change depending on the accents of le café du jour. This café is quite internationally known thus, languages of the world and classic rock will be your background music during your stay. Korean is flowing on my left and Italian on my right. Sit in the overstuffed chair by the large storefront window, and watch the world walk by.
La Caféothèque has become my go-to place for writing and reflection. If you will, I would like to share my first attempt at poetry written onsite. Try not to laugh! (´•ω•`๑) ):
Paris Trudges By
Where are you going?
Do you need a rest?
Silence and serene
While Paris trudges past.
What are you thinking?
Do you have the time?
Stop and chat
While Paris trudges align.
Why are you frowning?
Do you know you’re deify?
Smile and reflect
While Paris trudges by.
Yup… this is what happens when you have a lot of free time and too many coffees.
Helpful Coffee Tips:
Coffee is a complex and delicate fruit. It can exhibit several flavors and accents, most of which can be seen on its packaging. For example:
FLAVOR –> ACCENT
- Roasted –> smoky
- Spices –> cinnamon
- Nutty/Cocoa –> hazelnut
- Sweet –> maple syrup
- Floral –> jasmine
- Fruity –> orange
- Sour/Fermented –> citrus
- Green/ Vegetative –> herbs
- Papery/Chemical –> woody
SCAA Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel:
Now go out and impress people with your random coffee knowledge.