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La Cafeotheque de Paris HeartHeart
Coffee shop
Location: 48.854418,2.355763
Open: Tue - Sat

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 1 53 01 83 84
Address: 52 rue de l'Hotel de Ville
Paris, 75004
Country: France

La Cafeotheque de Paris is a vibrant coffee lounge quite close to the River Seine which breaks the stereotype of bad coffee in Paris coffee houses. The coffee here is seriously good and can compete with great coffee places such as Blue Bottle in San Francisco, Abraço in New York and Single Origin in Sydney.
We should explore the background here because casual visitors to Paris may have romantic notions of the great coffee houses such as Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore lionised by Voltaire, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Camus, Proust, and the outsider Hemingway.
However these cafes have always been remarkable for their position and their clientele. In other words they are places to be seen. They are places to hang out. Never mind the quality of the food or the coffee or especially the wine. Coffee aficionados have never marked these places as favourite destinations.
In fact, the coffee is Paris, in fact most of France, is universally bad and controlled by large corporations such as Cafés Richard who create mediocre coffee blends and market them to the millions.
So it is such a relief to find a small, intimate place such as La Cafeotheque de Paris in a quiet location near the Seine which serves such exquisite coffee that is neither bitter nor bland but rather robustly flavoured and fresh from recent roasting.
On the day we were there some twenty different varieties were available including offerings from Guatemala (4 choices), Colombia, Peru, Nicaragua, Panama, Brasil (2 choices including the famous biodynamic Jacu Bird beans), Kenya, Ethiopia (including one from the organic Yirgacheffe cooperative), Malawi and India. Our choice was served with a small Michel Cluizel chocolate.


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