I started drinking coffee when I was 7. My best friend Claire and I would sit at the counter on sunday mornings and drink cafe au lait which were more like lait, sugar, and a splash of cafe. Since then I’ve gotten into the hard stuff. Lattes, Americanos, Capacinos. I love it. When I was studying graphic design in New York City this summer, I would have no less than three cups of starbucks coffee through out the day. In the mornings, I would seem to be a daunting line, however minutes later I would have ordered my tall cafe au lait under my Starbucks name “Sarah,” paid, and then had it in my hand ready for the 30 minute walk to school. By the time I reached my class building, I would have finished by coffee and ready for round two. This time upgrading to a grande. If I needed a pick me up throughout the day I would duck in for a grande non-fat green-tea frapp. On my way home I’d often pick up an iced coffee.
Despite the numerous coffee endeavors, I was constantly on the go. Coffee is a grab and go energy solution in America. It is not an experience to be enjoyed in and of itself.
When I came to Paris, it didn’t take long to realize that no one is walking with a cup of coffee in their hand. If they are, they’re Americans. Most likely. Parisians sit and enjoy their espresso, americanos, and cafe cremes whether by themselves or with company. It is a respected ritual.
So, out of hatred for feeling out of place, a love of coffee, and a convenient long term class project assignment has come a new mission. It is going to be the most caffeinated task I have ever taken on, besides exams.
I along with my friends Ali and Keren have charged ourselves with the task of doing how the Parisians do. researching the best places for coffee in paris and do how the Parisians do. Over the course of the next 3 weeks, we will go out and document our experiences with sound, text, video, and collage. So far we began compiling a list of all the places we plan to go to. We crafted this list through recommendations from friends, parisians, and blogs such as Ten Days In Paris, Hip Paris, Paris by Mouth, and Vingt Paris. Our findings will culminate in a large scale art piece that represents the experience.
Here is our map and list so far!
|Cafe Jaja||3 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris|
|Coutume||47 rue Babylone, 75007 Paris|
|Ten Belles||10 rue de la Grange aux belles, Paris|
|La Cafeotheque||52, rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville 75004 Paris.|
|Telescope||5 Rue Villedo. 75001. Paris. France.|
|Le Dome Du Marais||53 bis rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris|
|China Club||50 RUE DE CHARENTON • 75012 PARIS.|
|Rue Sedaine||Rue Sedaine 75011 Paris|
|Black Market||27 rue Ramey 75018, Paris|
|le Loustic||40 rue Chapon 75003|
|Le Bal Cafe||6, Impasse de la Défense, 75018|
|Espresso and Ristretto||67, rue de Charenton 75012|