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, but at least there’s coffee.

Historians say that the first cafe in Paris, Le Procope, opened in 1686, and they’ve been making coffee the same way ever since. Nevertheless, sometimes one must break the mold.

Presenting…

La Caféothèque

52 rue Hôtel de Ville 75004 (Paris, France)

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 Paris’ café legends: Thomas Lehoux of Ten Belles & Belleville Brûlerie and Channa Galhenage of 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 and smell the roses, or in this case, coffee. 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 accidentally stayed 30 minutes past closing. Opps! So, take a breath and 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) and mocha (€5.50) were delectable and delicious. Their flavors were simple, yet complex because all of their coffees were single-origin. No blends! If you need more La Caféothèque in your life, they roast and package their own line of café, which are available for purchase in store and online. The coffees of the day were their Pulcal Guatemala, Harrar Ethiope, and Dom Jiménez Republique Dominicaine. And since you’ll be staying for a while, why not 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. Also, this coffee shop is quite renowned thus, conversations in various languages of the world 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 listen to the world around you.

Last Remarks:

La Caféothèque has become my go-to place for writing and reflection. Following in their footprints, I would like, if you will, to share my first attempt at writing poetry here, but try not to laugh! (*^^*) Yup… this is what happens when you’ve had a lot of free time and too many coffees.

As always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney

Comfort Rating:

4.5/5

four and a half out of five

Breathe.

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