Café (plain coffee), café au lait (coffee with steamed milk), café crème (coffee with hot cream), café noisette (espresso with a dash of cream), and café americain (filtered coffee similar to something you make at home with your Mr. Coffee) kick start my day. Café décafféiné (decaf coffee)? Not so much. Finding a good cup of coffee in Paris, can be a challenge. Chalk up the sludge to, well, chalky water, funky machines that fail to rise to the occasion (low pressure and temps are typical), sterilized milk, and "baristas" who don't know what they're doing. If you're willing to plunk down $6+ a cup, you can get your fix at La Caféothèque on Rue De L’Hôtel-de-Ville, Verlet on Rue Saint-Honoré, Le Malongo Cafe in Montmartre, Caffé Kimbo de Napoli on Place du Ternes, or the Rose Bakery on Rue Des Martyrs. Debating the merits of Colombian verses French-Roast? Juan Valdez is giving away $10,000, which is plenty to let you taste the best in Paris, or wherever you long to travel. Pour another cup and enter.
Voilà - the link to the 100% Colombian Coffee Sweepstakes: