L’Arbre à Café: Don’t Judge a Tree by the Size of its Trunk, but by the Fruit it Bears

Imagine walking into a café with one chair, one table, and one cup of coffee poured just for you, but in Narnia.

*feature image: Liz Merwin, artist at Patchwork Zombies

Paris is known as the City of Lights and Love, but did you know it’s also the City of Imagination? First, remember, remember, remember the signs, and believe the signs.


L’Arbre à Café

10 rue du Nil, 75002 (Paris, France)

L’Arbre à Café is the final product of wine and coffee connoisseur, Hippolyte Courty. Originally a roaster-only establishment, l’Arbre extended its empire and opened its cafe doors in 2014. But don’t let its young age fool you because the craftsmanship created from its artisans are anything but inexperienced.

Quality of Atmosphere:

Finding l’Arbre is like discovering the wardrobe to Narnia. You have to believe it exists before you can find it. The cafe is tucked away along a side alleyway, hidden from the main street in the 2nd arrondissement, making it fairly impossible to just happen upon its unassuming storefront. But sometimes we must go through the darkest cave to find the brightest light and once you do, you will discover an intimate boutique with only one counter, one couch, and one table.

Quality of Service:

The barista who took my order was kind, patient, and the ultimate multitasker. She gave me constant updates on the progress of my order while serving multiple pour overs for another customer to taste test.

Quality of Product:

I ordered a Flat White, which came to €4.50. For those new to the world of coffee, a flat white is similar to a cappuccino, but the former has a higher ratio of coffee to milk, thus, the coffee dominates the flavor while the milk gently supports it, creating a rich, velvety mélange. My beverage was made with l’Arbre’s single-origin blend, Kent d’Unna Naturel sourced from Tamil Nadu, India, and it did not disappoint. This is by far the best coffee that has passed my lips thus far on my coffee journey. It’s rich in flavor with a punch of spice. Check out other blends from their Grands Crus collection. Of course, I couldn’t walk away with out purchasing Hippolyte Courty’s Café (aka the coffee bible). It’s the perfect way to hit two birds with one stone: learn about the world of coffee and brush up on my French.

Last Remarks:

I would return to l’Arbre à Café even though things never happen the same way twice, but I must have courage, dear heart.

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

Comfort Rating:


four and a half out of five

Let us go on and take the adventure that shall fall to us.

C.S. Lewis


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