I was strolling through the 20th arrondissement, heading towards L’abribus (a cute little café that serves surprisingly good couscous!) when I was drawn to an interesting display of turmeric syrup in the shop window… Upon peering in, I felt drawn in like a child at a sweet shop. What do I see? Shelves piled high with bowls of coffee beans!
When you walk in, you get the impression that you’ve walked into a shop that’s just moved in or is about to move on, but no, cardboard boxes and all – this is the Escargot d’Or in all its glory and it is here to stay.
Have a look around at the different coffee beans, each of which have been carefully detailed with handwritten notes. Teas also line the shelves opposite the little bar counter (if you can call it that).
The owner is a rather reserved and extremely passionate coffee roaster named Gilles Coolen; which I learned from an article about his art, tacked on the wall by the entrance. I felt inadequate and didn’t even know how to order the kind of coffee I wanted, but the coffee he chose, ground and served me, left me impressed and intrigued.
This shop is for you coffee aficionados out there! I can’t count myself as one, but I am still going to ignorantly pop in and enjoy the burst of flavour that can pick me up like no other coffee in the afternoon!