Coffee Culture Revolution in Paris: The Black Market

by Elise Marafioti
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Elise Marafioti

Elise was born and raised in New York where she pursued a career in classical and modern dance. During a hiatus from performing, she moved to Paris and attended the American University of Paris. After living in more than six different arrondissements over the years, soaking up as much of Paris as possible, she returned to New York. Throughout the years, Elise has taken every opportunity to return to Paris and has also traveled extensively throughout Europe. View Elise Marafioti's Website

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9 comments on “Coffee Culture Revolution in Paris: The Black Market

Actually Mike, Voltaire was a huge coffee drinker and advocate about a century before Balzac. He also drank 30-50 cups a day–depending on who you ask. For the curious, here are just a few informal mentions online:

It was Balzac who drank 40 cups of coffee a day, not Voltaire.

Cant wait to try this one 🙂

Looks great!

Lize x

Elise; those pictures…. 🙂 🙂
I’m a total ‘very-very-very-good-coffee’ addict but only ever drink espresso by now (for many years!). Learned to appreciate and love ‘real coffee’ when in Italy; stuck to it and never looked back.
Wonderful, inviting post – I can literally smell the coffee aroma coming out of those pixies!

I wd be greatly surprised but wish you luck! In France coffee is usually not served with milk/cream unless they are ‘fine tuned’ to tourists’ tastes and wishes. But who knows!
Greetings, Kiki

This looks wonderful + a trip to Paris soon! + so adored this information.

Hi! Do the coffee shops you write about serve soymilk? We are planning a visit soon but need alternative milks as we are allergic to milk. I would love to get a latte or cappucino w/soy. Thanks.

Can’t wait to check this out . . . in my hood. And looks so amazing. Merci for this amazing post and inspiration Elise.

Little Pieces of Light

Very cool post! I am starting to get into the new coffee scene in Paris and it’s amazing how many little gems there are out there. The thing is, you really have to hunt and keep your eyes out for them because otherwise all you’ll keep running into is that stereotypical 19th century Parisian café that does indeed serve terrible coffee… Thanks for this tip, amongst many other café tips you’ve offered in HiP! They are truly helpful.



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