Coutume café is THE place in Paris to take any sceptic still convinced that it is impossible to find a good cup of coffee in the French capital. Admittedly, I am no coffee expert but having grown up in The Netherlands, spent a year in Berlin and a year in London, I have definitely taken a taste to it. Coutume was the first place I found in Paris where I could get my regular order: a flat white with oat milk. I remember struggling to explain what I wanted in Parisian cafés (“It’s like a double espresso with milk foam” or “a cappuccino with more coffee and less milk”, forget trying to get non-dairy milk) but the struggle is no more!
Coutume are truly passionate about coffee and strive to transmit this passion to others. They take great care sourcing, selecting and roasting their coffee beans. Though Coutume have a few outlets in Paris, their HQ are located on rue de Babylone where the green coffee beans were historically roasted upon arrival. The roasting now happens in their Ateliers Coutume in the 10th arrondissement. Once roasted, the coffee is available for purchase at the café, where they will grind the beans on demand so as to ensure that the coffee remains nice and fresh.
If, unlike me, you are a coffee specialist, Coutume is definitely the spot for you, especially if you are a fan of the Chemex or the Aeropress!