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Coutume Café. Photo: David Foessel for CUT Architectures

Coutume Café. Photo: David Foessel for CUT Architectures

Coutume Café. Photo: David Foessel for CUT Architectures

Coutume Café. Photo: David Foessel for CUT Architectures

Address 47 rue de Babylone; 75007 Paris
by rue Vaneau
Neighbourhood 7th Arrondissement | See on map
Metro Saint-François-Xavier [M13], Vaneau [M10]
Telephone +33 1 45 51 50 47
Website http://coutumecafe.com/
Price EUR 10-15
Hours Tues-Fri 08-19. Sat-Sun 10-19

The art of coffee has become something of an obsession for those eager to dump the iconic mermaid-insignia take-out cups, instead seeking out the perfect Flat White or that kicker of an espresso shot drip-fed from the world’s finest beans. For others, they’d need to have at least ten of said shots to get this excited about a bog standard cup of Joe.

If you fall into the first demographic, you’ll love this pretty spectacular coffee shop in the reserved 7th, which is causing a stir thanks to its cool vintage-meets-modern designer interiors, gourmet geekery and dedication to java. A giant roaster sits behind a vinyl curtain emitting the intoxicating smells of on-site roasting, with four methods of brewing lined up side-by-side on the counter to show your various artisanal options.

It’s alchemy apparatus reminiscent of a lab (check out the bells-and-whistles on the La Marzocco espresso machine) and a 24-hour cold drip pull in the real connoisseurs, who’ll most likely be sipping one of the rarer imports, including Ethiopian Nekisse beans.

Order something in a conical flask from the American and Australian baristas (who are also more than happy to give impromptu lessons and wax lyrical about the Japanese brewing methods), pull up a chair at one of the grid-like tables and relax with a book.

And if you’re starting to feel buzzed off all the caffeine, take the edge off with one of the colourful organic salads, perfect for brunch or a light lunch, or indulge in a little pastry courtesy of Pâtisserie des Rêves. Starbucks may have just gotten served.