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No. 220: Coffee Breaks

“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.”–Terry Pratchett, Thud!


I was not a coffee drinker until I moved to France.

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That said, getting addicted to Java has absolutely nothing to do with the superior quality of coffee in France.  Au contraire, en fait, it is pretty widely accepted that French coffee is well below standard when compared to coffee in other countries.

My newfound love of coffee does however have a lot to do with my Nespresso machine (which I have already waxed poetically about), the “break” part of the word “coffee break”, and the centuries old café/coffee culture of France.


The idea of taking a 20-30 minute break in the afternoon either chez toi or at your corner café is quite civilized, and something I never allowed myself to do in my multitasking life in America. I also love the French tradition of always having a small coffee to finish off your meal with or without one of the many delectable French desserts you may have on hand.



Au contraire: on the contrary

chez toi: at your house


21 Comments Post a comment
  1. J’adore vos photos ! And the idea of a coffee “break” 🙂 And there’s nothing so great as a nice espresso at the end of a satisfying meal.

    April 26, 2014
  2. carolineb #

    Nancy, your post reminded me that we should get together soon for one of these delicious breaks!

    April 26, 2014
  3. The Photos are a dream coffee break, this blog had inspirited me to go some coffee now! ☺

    April 26, 2014
  4. J’adore le cafe!!

    April 26, 2014
  5. Pretty!

    April 26, 2014
  6. The most delicious coffee photos I have ever seen.

    April 27, 2014
    • Why, thanks. My family used to think I was nuts when I photographed my coffee breaks, now they’re used to it. A little extra effort makes it more enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      April 27, 2014
  7. suespix #

    Love these fotos! 🙂 … I reckon the coffee ritual in Paris is so enjoyable because of the diiiviiiine little eats that are part of it (or should be!) plus the presentation, environment, little tables, gorgeous chairs, people to watch etc etc etc! And by the way, the best coffee in Paris is made by Aussie baristas!!! (I’m not being stupidly patriotic, it’s actually true – check it out!!)

    April 27, 2014
    • Yes, the whole ritual makes the coffee break better, and presentation is key. I will definitely check out Aussie Baristas. Thanks for the tip!

      April 27, 2014
  8. ROL #

    La Religieuse au Café !!!!! it is one of my favorite dessert !!!!!!

    April 27, 2014
  9. Gosh what gorgeous well presented pictures too! Stunning

    April 27, 2014
  10. Ah, oui – un petit coffee break satisfies one’s senses and is especially delightful when people watching from a cafe terrace!

    April 27, 2014

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