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reviewed Beans on Fire

178 reviews · 80 followers · a year ago

Do the roasting experience course on a Friday with Maria to get a feel for roasting your own coffee. And actually take home a bag of your own coffee. Otherwise coffee is good, service is good, food is good. Watch out for other patrons trying to jump the queue for a table. Great atmosphere and awesome terrace when the weather allows. Sometimes night time guest chefs on the dinner service. Just keep watching and checking it out as it is constantly changing due to the vision of the owners Andres and Maria who are roasters first and use the cafe as a platform for other baristas and chefs to try new things.

reviewed Delirio

178 reviews · 80 followers · a year ago

They roast. They brew. They espress. Nice space. They try on the customer service. Eg they’ll serve you a flat white in a wine glass. But the coffee is more old style than specialty style and the extraction was underextracted and sour. A step up from the €1 au comptoir options, but not in the league of other specialty coffee in Paris. From there go to Muscavado, Boot, Neighbours, Fragments, Mericourt, Ten Belles Bread, or Oberkampf for better coffee just a stumble away.

reviewed 5 Pailles

178 reviews · 80 followers · a year ago

Yeah, I gave them a perfect 10. Yeah, I may never have done that before (maybe one other time). Coffee, food, service and atmosphere are always great. Plus I get my beans here for home but from all sorts of interesting roasters. Once or twice there has been a barista more interested in their phone than a geeky coffee chat, but not going to mark them down for that. Love that there is always something small and interesting to get to go with your coffee. No need to buy a whole slice of cake if you don’t want to.

reviewed Holybelly Cafe

178 reviews · 80 followers · a year ago

Coffee - weak 1 shot flat whites were described as “don’t worry they are quite strong”. But espressos were overextracted and bitter. The filter was just a bit bland. (I was there with coffee people so we tried every coffee drink). I suspect due to the volume and the focus on food that the barista variability just results in coffee variability. I’m sure the people, machine and beans can all produce a great coffee, but if you are just one of the masses Food is excellent. You have to love eggs, bacon, pancakes. Oddly the poached eggs are perfectly runny on the inside, but the white is a bit hard and rubbery. Flavours are great though.

reviewed La Chouette

178 reviews · 80 followers · a year ago

Still rocking it, but feels like the coffee is getting better and better. Their cold brew is great. Last time I was there I got chatting to a green bean coffee importer who uses it as her hangout. So if the real professionals are there you know something is going right.

reviewed Neighbours

178 reviews · 80 followers · a year ago

Excellent coffee. Definitely top 10 in Paris, possibly top 5. Food is good too. But cold brew was best I’ve had this spring. They also played around when I requested a Fever Tree Tonic and espresso and got it just right. Highly recommend.

reviewed Holybelly

178 reviews · 80 followers · 2 years ago

Had a filter, a flat white and a flat white (2 shots). Felt a little caught out that the first flat White came with only 1 shot. Realised before the order had been made, but they couldn't change it. OK, a system thing. But was assured their coffee was strong and didn't need two shots. That scared me that it would be over roasted. It wasn't. It was just super weak wishy washy cup of milk with mild coffee flavour. Hence went back for second version with a double shot. It was strong as promised, but tasted over extracted. Better than a paris corner cafe, but not specialty coffee level. I can think of more than 10 much better coffees in Paris. The filter also didn't taste very dialled in. No interesting notes. Just a flat coffee taste. The food is good, but a little bland. Eg the poached eggs are perfectly runny yolks, but hard rubbery whites so I guess they cook then in big batches and then store them at 62 degrees as yolks only harden at 63 degrees. The corn bread was a little dry. The beans didn't have a depth of flavour. That sort of thing. The service is excellent and super invested and happy.

reviewed Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters

178 reviews · 80 followers · 2 years ago

My espresso was underextracted and sour. Was in the middle of a rush on service, but flow should help with consistency. They don't really listen when you place your order. You'll have to repeat it 2-3 times and even then there is no guarantee. My "double espresso to stay" came in a paper cup as they messed up "to stay" and "to go". So... Coffee: not so good Service : not so good Atmosphere : not so good. A shame, they used to be more chill and better at the coffee.

reviewed Little Collins

178 reviews · 80 followers · 2 years ago

Awesome as always. The first time I've given straight 10s for a Beanhunter review. Their staff are knowledgeable and could talk us through the different characteristics of their 2 different pourovers and 1 batch brew. The batch brew is always fresh. I think their cutoff where they throw it out is 1 hour. Flat white was on point. Strong enough, creamy enough, microfoamed perfectly. The espresso too had layers of flavour notes clearly distinguishable as well as not having any sourness or bitterness. Took home a bag of beans from Counter Culture that has been through their bean sorter that scans the beans to then remove any that are not within their colour and size parameters. Technology, huh!

reviewed Left Hand Cafe

178 reviews · 80 followers · 2 years ago

Coffee was a solid 6/10. What I'd call a good second tier third wave cafe. On the site of the old Coffeetauk. A seriously huge improvement on coffeetauk. Left Hand roast their own. Best coffee we've found in Montauk this summer. Much better than Bluestone Lane.

reviewed Lagoudera

178 reviews · 80 followers · 2 years ago

Lagoudera is a great family restaurant popular with locals each evening, but 9am to 3pm (in summer at least) it is taken over by a couple of guys who are just churning out good coffee. Expect to see great third wave greek coffees like Kudu or Taf. Take your time and watch the sea. And this is greece, so they do their own take on an espresso chaken over ice.

reviewed Muscavado

178 reviews · 80 followers · 3 years ago

Two phillipino sisters who have worked in some of the great restaurants of New York now bring you a specialty coffee cafe right next to the Bastille Markets. Lots of subtle twists in the food (e.g. A Cubano sandwich made with pulled pork). Definitely an American twist. I've been a few times now. The first time the espresso wowed me. A top 5 or top 10 espressos in Paris moment. The next few coffees were also good. Not quite up to top 10 status, but definitely remembered long after they were drunk with a little happy coffee memory smile. Definitely not over or under extracted. No bitterness and more importantly no sourness which I find comes through quite a bit. Just well balanced with some depth and complexity. Some dried cocoa tasting notes. Funky machine with clear panels lets you peer inside the machine.

reviewed Comme à Lisbonne

178 reviews · 80 followers · 3 years ago

Lovely people. Great pastela de nata. Awful coffee. Nespresso would be better. Buy your pastela de nata to go and get one extra. Walk down to Le Peloton Cafe (3 short blocks south). Give the barista a pastela de nata and they'll be happy for you to eat yours with a great coffee and a chilled space.

reviewed Fondation Café

178 reviews · 80 followers · 3 years ago

New owners are Cuillier. They have now changed over the beans to their own roasts. They're pretty good. The new staff are very knowledgeable and very conscious about helping the business transition. I think they're doign really well. Why don't you check them out?

reviewed Fondation Café

178 reviews · 80 followers · 3 years ago

New owners are Cuillier. They have now changed over the beans to their own roasts. They're pretty good. The new staff are very knowledgeable and very conscious about helping the business transition. I think they're doign really well. Why don't you check them out?

reviewed Pinson

178 reviews · 80 followers · 3 years ago

Coffee is OK, but not remarkable. Service is a little off handed. Food is that sort of "health food" that you expect from the 1980's. It is not flavour driven. It is easy to make tasty food that happens to be healthy and doesn't feel like an ordeal. But this is a coffee/cafe review site. The coffee at Pinson is not extraordinary. Nearby you have better options like Broken Arm, Fondation and the new (Oct 2016) Wynwood.

reviewed Fragments

178 reviews · 80 followers · 3 years ago

These guys deserve special mention. It is a great little space well laid out. Super laid back. Great simple food (Avo smash etc) coming out of their micro kitchen. But the special mention has to come because of their coffee strategy. They are constantly tasting different coffees from the great roasters of europe and then once a month they pick one roaster and order a month's supply of coffee from them. They told me the volumes and that equates to one of the better volumes for Paris. Volume often helps to make a barrista turn out better and better as well as more consistent coffees. Anyway, the special mention therefore is that it is worth going back to Fragment every month just to try their next batch of coffee. And if it tastes like they missed the mark a little, have a chat and you may find that they are still bedding in the coffee of the month.

reviewed Terres de Café (rue Rambuteau)

178 reviews · 80 followers · 3 years ago

Just been reopened after renovations (Nov 2016). Coffee ranges from good to great depending on barista. But still a french style roasting flavour profile. Terres de Cafe has won several roasting competitions in France. I do wish they would use a different milk though. It tastes as if they are using UHT.

reviewed Thank you, my deer

178 reviews · 80 followers · 4 years ago

An interesting gluten free bakery cafe. The coffee is good for France, but will need to concentrate a little more on dialling in to get the smooth, fruity sweet flavours we expect from today's coffee. Lovely people and a great little space.

reviewed Le Peloton Cafe

178 reviews · 80 followers · 4 years ago

A new cafe on the evolving Pars scene. Set up by a Kiwi (Paul) and an American (Christian) after running their successful Bike About Tours company. You can still do day trips to Versailles or pedals around Paris, but now you get to chat to your new bike tour friends after the tour at a great cafe. Their bar is an awesome set up that really creates a convivial place to chat with the barrista and/or your bar mates. Sort of like what a real barman will do. Aiding conversation, mainly about bikes and coffee. The food options are expanding and keep an eye out for their special events (beer tastings etc). They are friends with Brulerie Belleville so you'll find their coffees in the hopper, but there is nothing exclusive so there will be guest coffees and some swapping between brands. I am going to give them straight 8's to start with as they deserve that and will re-review in a few months.

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