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Coutume & Lomi Trophy at Coffee Championships

One of the best things about last weekend’s Salon Success Food, other than the name itself, was the French Coffee Championship competition that was part of it.

BBS (which stands for Barista Bartender Solutions, a name that just screams Success Food) took home both 1st and 3rd place in the Barista competition, but Kevin Ayers from Coutume snagged 2nd place.

Coutume also picked up a 3rd place trophy for Latté Art (via Mati Touis), but Cafe Lomi‘s Magdalena Bronzinska took home 1st place for her foamy rendition of… what exactly? We wish we knew. But we do know that Café Lomi is organizing an atelier to learn Latté Art on March 29, and you can read more about it on their Facebook page.

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Percolating in Paris: A New Coffee Scene

For a long time, the prevailing opinion of visitors to the French capital has been that the coffee in Paris is terrible. Well, it may be time to revise this long-running truism to “coffee in Paris was terrible.

This Fall has seen a veritable avalanche of openings (HolybellyBelleville Brûlerie, Fragments, Fondation, Coutume Lab) that have enriched the city’s specialty coffee scene with brews that are crafted by trained baristas using freshly roasted high-quality beans. And the local offer promises to get even better with upcoming launches of Lockwood and Rêves des Abyssines. So why are our cups of good coffee now running over like never before?