une tasse de café

August 8, 2009

coffee

people are very particular about their cups of coffee.

so, first things first.  you must learn how to order a cup of coffee in paris.

café: (kuh-fay) is plain coffee with nothing added, but is strong as it is brewed like espresso.

café au lait: (kuh-fay oh-lay) this is simply coffee with steamed milk.  you will sometimes get the coffee served in the cup, and then a pitcher of steamed milk to pour in as you please.

café crème: (kuh-fay khremm) is, as it sounds, coffee served in a large cup with hot cream.

café décafféiné: (kuh-fay day-kah-fay-uhn-ay) why even bother?

café noisette: (kuh-fay nwah-zett) is espresso with a dash of cream in it.  it is called “noisette,” french for hazelnut, because of the rich, dark color of the coffee.

café americain: (kuh-fay uh-meyhr-uh-kan) is filtered coffee, similar to traditional american coffee.

café léger: (kuh-fay lay-zjay) is espresso with double the water.

just add a dash of brasserie there you have it!

the perfect cup of coffee in paris.

thanks to about.com.

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