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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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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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