Back in January, I posted an article about a great blend that I enjoyed called Mélange Parfait Expresso, which I had purchased at Terres de Café located on rue des Blancs Manteaux.
On Tuesday before last I went to their store on rue Rambuteau to see what they were brewing. I learned that they sell an espresso of the day for only 1€, a good price if ever there was one. The coffee on that particular day was Brésil Monte Alegre, an estate-grown coffee from Minas Gerais, one of the 26 states in Brazil.
I purchase a cup at the counter and carried it to one of the two tables on the sidewalk terrace. There, I drank the espresso without adding sugar so that I could distinguish its qualities. I found it to be strong (as an espresso should be), full-bodied, smooth, and fruity with no bitterness. No sugar needed to bring out the flavor!
I returned to the counter and purchased 250 grams of the same coffee, whole-bean, for 7.40€ and took it home to brew it in my French coffee press. I was never able to recapture the full flavor of that espresso using a coffee press—after all, how could I? I was using a different brewing method! But still, I was able to produce a cup of coffee with a strong, pleasantly smooth, slightly fruity, slightly-sweet flavor.
Terres de Café now has a third store, located at
13 rue d’Aligre
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