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The American Church of Paris is hosting A Prarie Home Companion radion show with Garrison Keillor for two dates, September 5th at 8pm and September 6th at 4pm. Tickets are €31, book as soon as possible, space is limited.

Through August 24
The Paris Fun Fair (Fête Foraine) is open in the Tuileries (Louvre Gardens), daily 11am-11:45pm (until 12:45am on Friday and Saturday). Free entrance, but you’ll need to buy tickets for each ride on the usual carnival attractions, or have cash for cotton candy and the games where you can win prizes. The Ferris Wheel has excellent views over Paris! 

Through August 24
The annual Open-Air Cinema Festival takes place Wed-Sun nights at the Parc de la Villette's Triangle Prairie (M° Porte de Pantin), starting at sunset (around 10pm), free entry. This year's theme is Adolescence, including films such as Moonrise Kingdom, Scream 4, and American Graffiti.

Through August 31
Between the Lines and the Trenches, a very intimate collection of personal letters, notebooks and photos from the trenches, many never published before. At the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (222 Boulevard Saint-Germain), through August 31st, entry €7.

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Thursday
Mar262009

The Best Coffee Beans in Paris

Review by Camille Malmquist

My search for coffee beans in Paris started early. A few weeks after arriving, remembering why I stopped drinking coffee from the grocery store, I wanted to find a source for quality, hand-roasted coffee (and a coffee mill, but that’s another story). I was tipped off to Brûlerie des Ternes, located on rue Poncelet, a bustling and well-stocked market street not far from the Arc de Triomphe.

On my first visit, I didn’t realize how special this place is. Of course, at the time, I hadn’t spent months scouring Paris for the dark, shiny, freshly roasted beans like the ones I used to get from my local roaster back home in the States. I have since learned that torréfaction “Robe de Moine,” or “Monk’s Robe” roasting, is a legitimate technique with its own merits. This style results in a lighter-colored finished product that allows for more subtly or intricately flavored coffees to show their stuff. But what of the bold, dark coffee to which I have developed a certain taste over the years? Well, after a year of research, I’ve determined the only place in town to get it is Brûlerie des Ternes. Their Oriental Blend beans are, quite simply, gorgeous, and the flavor is deep, rich, and satisfying. Their other coffees are certainly worth trying, but the Oriental is worth a trip across town.

For those non-enthusiasts of coffee, they also have an impressive selection of teas from China, India, and Japan. To round out the array, cast-iron teapots, Bialetti espresso pots and an assortment of honeys line the wall behind the register. All that and the welcome is always warm, the service smiling and helpful. After stocking up on coffee and tea, you can hop across the street to the Alléosse cheese shop or Véronique Mauclerc’s bakery for a slice of her delicious cheesecake. So it’s not like you’re really trekking all the way across the city for coffee beans, right?

Brûlerie des Ternes
10 rue Poncelet, 17th
Mº Ternes
Tél 01 46 22 52 79

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Reader Comments (6)

Véronique Mauclerc’s bakery is this the same lady with a boulangerie in the 19th district? she can also be found on rue poncelet?? i live closer to poncelet and I LOVE cheesecake!
March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLee
One and the same! And her cheesecake is fantastic.
March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCamille
I am also on the hunt for good beans and will try La brûlerie des Ternes. I'm intrigued by your coffee mill search as I am also trying to find a small manual one (e.g. Hario Mini Mill Slim or a Turskish coffee grinder)...
June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary
I found this cafe since 4 years ago. And during last years, once I visit Paris, I will go there to buy some. Actually this Sep. I went there and found they change their package. I loved their old bag, so asked for one to save at home.
Unfortunatly, the guy at the shop he can not speak English.
I really hope that they can sell online.
Because from Taiwan to Paris is far far away.

And I hope that I can have their cafe every morning!
November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersherry kuo
My husband and I have travelled all of the United States, most of Canada and Europe and these are the best coffee beans that we have been able to find.
March 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Egenbergers
hi,
Your blog is amazing.. iam looking for some good freswhly ground coffee powder..do they sell freshly ground coffee powder at Brulerie des Ternes?Hope u can help me..
thanks
Ray
June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRay

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