The second and only other cafe we visited for coffee in Paris was near Le Bon Marche when we had a day shopping with SDF. I was a little concerned on the way there that it wouldn’t be of the same ilk as Kooka Boora because it had a French-sounding name so I thought it may be French and that their attempt at ‘contemporary’ coffee would fall short of the mark. However when we got in there it smelt right, had a roaster in the back, a coffee plant growing in the sink, a case of pastries and New Zealand, Australian and American accents behind the counter and at all the tables!
No flat whites on the board though so we went for small lattes – they came in the small glasses like they do in Australia and we subsequently learned that the owner is Australian. We had the breakfast pastry selection (croissants really are that good in France) as well. The coffee was a little milky and again, had that Australian taste.
We went back for a late lunch/afternoon tea with SDF after the shopping expedition and this time ordered small cappuccinos after seeing someone at neighboring table get them, they looked a lot darker – they were much better. The lunch food (warmed buns made into ham cheese or chicken curry sandwiches) was amazing (bread really is that good in France). We talked a bit with the barista on the way out and he said they definitely do flat whites if you ask.
I loved this photo of an espresso extraction on the wall …
… and this very cool way of presenting the coffee menu
Visited: September 2013