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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. 



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For modern coffee, Paris looks to America.

Cafés are a centerpiece for daily life in Paris, as integral to French culture as a fresh baguette, a glass of wine, or, at least according to Americans, a black beret. Yet somehow, coffee in France is almost uniformly bad. Beans are left out in the open air, machines aren’t properly maintained, and the act of pulling an espresso is done without care, as perfunctory as a dry kiss on the cheek.

Fortunately, in the past few years a new breed of coffee shop has come to emerge in Paris, and surprisingly, it’s very much American.

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Meet five brand new cafes opening this fall.

What makes a zeitgeist? How many shops or photos denote a “cavalcade”? A cafe boom? A moment of precipitous growth? By any metric, in any system of measurement, there’s something very special happening right now in Paris, where no fewer than 5 promising cafes are set to open in time for the city’s busy (and magical) holiday season. [Add] 5 new entries to the list of quality-focused Parisian specialty coffee bars: Holybelly, Lockwood, Foundation Cafe, Fragments, and Belleville. 

Welcome to the Parisian specialty coffee boom. 

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A guide to Paris' best new coffee shops.

The majority of cafés in Paris, France, still treat coffee as an afterthought: an early-morning caffeine delivery mechanism whose flavor is described solely as "strong" or "mild." It was never supposed to taste good; coffee in Paris was always about the experience of drinking coffee — lingering in a wicker chair with a cigarette and croissant — rather than the flavor of the coffee itself. But these two components, experience and taste, are no longer mutually exclusive.

The third-wave explosion is taking over Paris … and fast. Here's where you can find the best coffee in the city of lights.

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