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Ah, Paris!

Ah, Paris! Celebrating French Roast

What a beautiful city. I just came back from a long weekend there, and I’m already planning my next trip. Lucky for me, it’s only a train ride away.

There is something magical about Paris. I can’t say what I love the most about the city. Is it the architecture? Perhaps it’s the beautiful sweeping vistas along the boulevards? I do love visiting the stores where the merchants elevate the display of their wares to an art form unrivalled by nearly anything in the Louvre. And whether I see the Eiffel Tower looming over the Champs de Mars or poking out from behind a building, I am still amazed by both its gracefulness and its strength.

There are few places in the world where food and wine are so celebrated. Even the simple, typical breakfast here – a baguette with jam and creamy, unsalted French butter – presents itself as a luxury when the ingredients are of such a high calibre. The butterfat content of the French butter is higher than many other places, and this makes it extra smooth and creamy. So a little goes a long way. And with a great cup of coffee, it’s a perfect way to start the day.

My favourite area of the city for café sitting is Montparnasse. While many parts of the city have grand, wide boulevards, Montparnasse has little crooked streets. When you sit here, there is always something to see – people and bikes going by – and yet it has a certain peacefulness that you don’t find in other areas like the Champs Elysees. Whether you’re enjoying a good conversation, reading a book or just watching the endless parade of people, you feel as though you are someplace special.

I’m back home, and longing for flaky, buttery croissant or one of the exquisite almond macaroons. At least I can still enjoy a great cup of coffee, as I’ve just made myself a coffee press of our French Roast. I’m going to close my eyes, take a whiff and travel (at least in my own mind) to a wonderful little café in Paris.

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    • Mrs.Figgy
    • 9/30/2010 11:25 PM

    Thank you so much for posting this, I to am longing to go back to Paris. As a Military Wife over here in Germany, I was to amazed at the beauty of the City of Love. I was more excited to be able to walk down the street from our hotel and grab a morning Starbucks before adventuring around the city! My best souvenir from Paris is my Paris Starbucks Coffee Cup, which has started my quest to own a coffee cup from every city that has them! London's is mine, as well as Las Vegas~

    • shnational
    • 10/2/2010 7:38 AM

    I LOVE Paris!! I'm a moderately well-traveled person having done a good amount of time in Europe, but not Asia. But Paris 'so far' is my very favorite city. I've had the good fortune to have been there 5 times now under varying circumstances. Most recently for 2 nights on the return leg of 2 weeks in Greece with my hubby. Paris is truly magical and we both agreed, as much as I ALSO LOVE NYC, I would live in Paris in a HEARTBEAT!! Loved your article; articulates so much that I love about it!

    • gwozek
    • 10/3/2010 11:06 AM

    Paris is my second home! I adore everything about it! I found sublime romance at a Starbucks in the Marais over the summer and now I can't wait to go back and order a Chocolat Viennois with my mate!

    • psitzmary
    • 10/8/2010 8:09 AM

    It wasn't until now that I realized what made me love the essence of Starbucks so much, it was my European experience! In Paris I, too, sat in the quaint Cafe de Montparnasse. The coffee & pastries had appeared to be a touch of class above what I experienced here, well at least it did until I began my Starbucks experience. Now when I want to get away to Cafe Montparnasse I grab my laptop & take a flight to my neighborhood Starbucks for the Parisian experience; a moment of transformation.

    • Eyzofgrene
    • 10/11/2010 12:55 AM

    I visited Paris this summer, and fell in LOVE!! I refused to go to any franchized stores except for Starbucks, because I wanted to experience the local food. And when I did go to Starbucks, I loved the uniquely French food they had. I ordered a Citron de vert Frappacino in a Starbucks on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and bought my Paris Starbucks coffee cup from a store not far from the Champ de Mars. I have Starbucks cups from all over: London, Dublin, and most every major city in

    • dgoldsm
    • 10/11/2010 11:51 AM

    Sadly, the question is not why Starbucks sells excellent breads, butter, jam and pastries in France but why do they offer such awful ones here. Bagels that are hardly more than white bread doughnuts and croissants that bear hardly any resemblance to the real thing only start the parade of ill made, overly sugared corporate pastry. Starbucks' answer to any questions about their offerings is very simple: "people buy them, and we make money, so everything must be ok.".

      • deezigner4u
      • 10/28/2010 5:44 AM

      In reply to: dgoldsm

      I have to agree with you. The pastries at my local Starbuck's are awful. Wouldn't it be nice if they would actually contract with LOCAL bakeries to provide yummier treats, as well as boost the local economy?

        • setmedic
        • 12/13/2010 8:08 AM

        In reply to: deezigner4u

        Asoulutamonde! Boulanger es THE best right in the SF Bay Area with LA BOULANGE! It is a true Frenchmen with an Organic Mill and MANY home (Chambourd/Paris/Burgundy)and ALL THE PASTRIES (Patissierie) you can Dream of! LOCAL OUI! It is true francais here in the U.S. Local IS important as just simply local farmers too. Thanks Dgoldsm and dezigneer4u too. You are both correct. Some areas would be defficient on bakery items where others thrive. Most of these (Stbx) have SO MUCH oils in them keepfresh.

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    • denis.boismier
    • 10/22/2010 5:41 AM

    I was fortunate to visit Paris, France in August of 2009. We had gorgeous weather and thoroughly enjoyed our time is the beautiful city that is, Gay Paris! I absolutely enjoyed my Starbucks, Skinny Vanilla Latte! I have been collecting City Mugs and Paris is one of my most prized addition to my collection. Paris, I hope to return to you again soon, there is a very special place in my heart for you....

    • lindademiri
    • 10/26/2010 8:12 PM

    i love staebucks my favorite coffe

    • lindademiri
    • 10/26/2010 8:13 PM

    loveeeeeeeee starbuckssss

    • lethithutram
    • 11/23/2010 2:34 AM

    I love this article! I love starbuck coffee!

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