Imagine walking into a café reminiscent of your college days. You know, the one where you and every other sleep-deprived, MacBook toting student flocked to because of their decent java, their ample work space, their numerous outlets, and most importantly, their FREE WiFi.
There’s no denying that Paris is currently an international hub of millennial talent, and in this Age of Technology and Information, bloggers, digital media managers, and start-up founders are looking for one thing: a coffice!
24 rue de Vinaigriers, 75010 (Paris, France)
Café Craft is a telecommuter’s haven created by Augustin Blanchard who was inspired to design a café with the practicality of a library, the comfort of a living room, and the functionality of an office, but without the bookshelves, throw pillows, and pesky bosses.
Quality of Service:
I was served by the sweetest of sweet baristas. Despite noticing rather easily that I wasn’t a local, he continued to patiently converse with me in French. It was as if he intrinsically knew the importance of needing a judgement-free, compassionate ear when someone is learning a new language, and his effort didn’t go unnoticed. (｡♥‿♥｡)
Quality of Product:
Google “Café Craft” and you’ll find a million reviews raving about their flat white, and the critics weren’t fibbing. Craft’s flat white was velvety goodness! *note to self: I must convince one of my Aussie friends to visit me in Paris to verify its quality. The flat white was made using Craft’s exclusive Brésil Fazenda Baixado Yellow Bourbon by legendary roaster, Café Lomi: a sweet blend with hints of milk chocolate (bitters) and fruit (acids), which means it was perfectly balanced. Their filter of the day was a floral Éthiope Rocko Mountain, also roasted by Café Lomi. This blend will be slightly more acidic than the aforementioned blend, but will still be balanced.
Since I was famished at the time of my visit, I splurged and ordered a lunch set (€12 euros) with my flat white (€4.50). The set came with an Asiatic legume quiche. I’m pretty sure, they were shitake, but there’s mush-room for debate! (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و The set also included a simple garden salad, a sweet potato coconut soup, and a caramel apricot cookie. They all tasted exceptionally divine, and my hunger was sufficiently diminished.
Quality of Atmosphere:
A coffice with FREE WiFi. ‘Nuff said. Kudos to the architect who designed this freelancer’s Eden. The long communal table in the back provides ample work space, comfortable leg room, and seemingly infinite outlets. And if you’re not there to work, you can take your café-clope to the outdoor terrace.
Work work work. Sip Sip Sip. Type type type. Munch munch munch. *repeat!
As always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney