My Boy Blue: Diving in the Deep End

Imagine hiking for miles and miles, due west until your feet meet the sea, and there where the mountains embrace the waves sits a little blue café; a coffee oasis at the edge of the world.   At the extremity of Europe's outstretching hand, in the most westerly town of Ireland, there, too, is good … Continue reading My Boy Blue: Diving in the Deep End

Backroads Coffeehouse & Cakery: Life Is A Highway With Plenty of Detours

Imagine stumbling into a café whose owner sees you run down by life’s unexpected hit & run disposition. She reaches out her hand and says, “I feel you. I’ve been there, too." Just when I thought London, Ontario was void of any decent third-wave coffeehouses, my hometown pulls a fast one and Backroads cruises into … Continue reading Backroads Coffeehouse & Cakery: Life Is A Highway With Plenty of Detours

Caffè Ficini: La Danza Caffè Italiano in Silenzia

Imagine walking into a café where you come for the coffee, stay for the conversation, and return for the connection. This is not my usual café critique. This is a glimpse into the past, a taste of the habitual, and a step towards new beginnings. I’m returning to the birthplace of espresso: la bella Italia, … Continue reading Caffè Ficini: La Danza Caffè Italiano in Silenzia

ONE FAIRTRADE und Kaffeerösterei: After War Comes Peace and with Peace Comes Coffee

Imagine walking into a café where even on an island mound, good coffee is found. Hidden in the far northern reaches of Germany, lies a small storybook town. Cobblestone lines the roadways, facades of crow-step gable houses tower over, and Brick Gothic cathedrals beckon towards the sky, reminiscent of a medieval time. Throughout the millennia, … Continue reading ONE FAIRTRADE und Kaffeerösterei: After War Comes Peace and with Peace Comes Coffee

Café Kitsuné: A Touch of Japan in the Heart of Paris

Imagine walking into a café where fox cookies welcome you at the door, an Alice in Wonderland-esk clock hangs above, and matcha on ice awaits you. You’re not sure what other out-of-place things you will encounter, but you’re ready for anything. Presenting… Café Kitsuné [51 Gallerie de Montpensier 75001 (Paris, France; 1st  district)]   In the … Continue reading Café Kitsuné: A Touch of Japan in the Heart of Paris

La Caféothèque: The Café that Started it All

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. Presenting… La Caféothèque [52 rue Hôtel de Ville 75004 (Paris, France; 4th district)] Fifteen years ago, Paris was void of any … Continue reading La Caféothèque: The Café that Started it All

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.

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