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

What’s in a Name? Living Life Without Labels

That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ~William Shakespeare PART ONE: WHAT’S IN A LABEL? Take a look at this picture. What comes to mind? Like me, you probably came up with a bunch of labels for him (e.g., man, young, Caucasian, dark blonde, attractive, punk/alternative, etc.). We put … Continue reading What’s in a Name? Living Life Without Labels

Searching for Value & Contentment

*Before you begin reading, be aware that this isn’t a story to entice sympathy. My only wish is to pass on knowledge. Value [‘vɶl yu]: worth, merit, importance (n) Part l: Searching for Value *NEWSFLASH* I have imperfections. Real, debilitating imperfections. I'm a chronic avoider, and not only do I avoid people and situations that make me … Continue reading Searching for Value & Contentment

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