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Paris Coffee Project is a documentary series from Gar Hoover and Beth Hoover about the specialty coffee movement that is rapidly changing the world's most celebrated cafe culture. 

Blog | Specialty Coffee in Paris

Good coffee in Paris. Paris Coffee Project is a documentary series from writer/director Gar Hoover & writer/producer Beth Hoover of ideafarm films.

belleville brûlerie owners thomas lehoux and anselme blayney talk making a coffee scene, the domination of nespresso and more.

Gary Hoover

In the first clip (01:32), Thomas LeHoux, who owns new Paris roaster Belleville Brûlerie with partners Anselme Blayney and David Flynn, talks about his dream of one day making Paris the kind of world-class coffee destination that San Francisco, Portland and Melbourne are today. In clip 2 (01:53), Anselme discusses Nespresso's popularity in Paris and the need to change the French perception of filtered coffee as "sock juice." Anselme is also a partner in Le Bal, a renowned restaurant in Paris credited with being the first to serve specialty coffee.

Read interview transcripts: Clip 1 (Thomas) and Clip 2 (Anselme).

see what the outspoken owner of café loustic has to say about coffee in paris — the good, the bad, the undrinkable.

Gary Hoover

In the first clip (01:00), Café Loustic owner-barista Channa Galhenage puts forth his theory that where coffee is concerned good taste is the Mother of Invention, and compares the close-knit specialty coffee community in Paris to the late '40s jazz scene in New York. In the second (01:16), Channa talks about how he and his fellow coffee provocateurs in Paris are intent on creating independent, but decidedly French, cafés that will appeal to locals and traveling coffee lovers alike.

Read interview transcripts: Clip 1 and Clip 2.

Happy Holidays and Joyeux Noël.

Gary Hoover

Just a little amuse-bouche for all our friends and family to get them into the Christmas spirit. Look for an early cameo from Santa in street clothes, out for a stroll in the Marais. Best wishes and see you in 2015. MUSIC: Sacré Français by Dimitri from Paris. (To our friends who are native French speakers, we mean the title phrase in the traditional sense, as in "sacred" or "treasured." Paris is our favorite city and the people there the warmest on the planet. Nous aimons les Français!)