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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €9, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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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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