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Johnny A

I assume (but don't know for sure) that all of this would take place with a real ceramic cup. In the U.S. it is nearly impossible to be served coffee in a real cup except at a sit-down restaurant.

Patricia Flournoy

Quick, easy, delicious...what more can we ask for....thank you...

Mark Kane

Here in Des Moines, central USA par excellence,we have a real cafe (Zanzibar), owned and run by Mlle. Julie, who travels abroad to coffee congresses and comes back with sacks of Kenyan, Colombian, Arabian and beaucoup plus. So we have two forms of choice, preparation and beans, plus the pleasure of sitting with friends amid people at other small round tables sitting with friends, or laptops or books while roasting beans crackle on the other side of the counter. France no doubt has its cozy counterparts. Bravo Julie!

About Moroccan bread, here's a good introduction:

Mickey McBride

Being a non cook , I love your recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my pantry. Franco-American Chocolates were easy and good. While forming them they got a little dry
and I added a tsp. of the cherry juice and it worked. They go well with American coffee.


THANKS,Lynn,for another wonderful blog,and especially (!) that delicious recipe (YUM!)
I remember during one of our first trips to Paris, the waiter made our cafe au lait a lasting memory for us by simultaneously pouring the coffee and hot milk (one pot in each hand!) into our cups. Quite a show!
What a great memory!(Hopefully,more of them to follow!)
Bon journee!!

maureen winterhager you mean espresso coffee? I can't find eXpresso anywhere - I know the original Italian is eSpresso coffee....and I love it. An invigorating shot/pick-me-up. Is eXpresso the American term for it? thx!!

Suzanne Hurst

I love this article and will save it for my next (sooner rather than later) trip to France. Can't wait!!!

jon-henri bonnard

When I was growing up there was a cafe on the corner of the Rue de Berri and Champs. I would go in and the typical old school waiter would snarl---"aach cafe americain for the little boy" one day he said they had to buy a large coffee maker for the american tourists and with that he whipped out a real coffee mug and told me it would always be there for me and it was up until 1985.

Don Montelle Herron

Bonsoir Mrs. Southernfriedfrench, Your recommendations for how to drink that wonderful coffee in France is most enlightening - merci beaucoup! However, no matter how much I love you, I feel you are attacking my American Navy ways of drinking coffee! I will endeavor to change my coffee-drinking habit but expect I will need help as I am a weak American male and know change is difficult. Merci beaucoup for your help, Love and hugs, Montelle


I love coffee, coffee terms, and this coffee post! And what could be better, alongside one's "kawa" than chocolate-covered corn flakes? Merci, Lynn! (Jean-Marc and I love our Nespresso maker, too! We've even lugged it along with us on vacation....)


I LOVE my Nespresso machine!! I got it after my grape picking trip to Provence in 2009, where I met Jean-Marc and Kristin (see the post above) and I'd have to say it's the BEST and easiest way to get a proper espresso, can be purchased online at and the pods are direct from Nespresso (online)


I lived for years in Spain (and I know France well, too). In both countries, coffee is served AFTER the dessert, and when I moved to America, I was very surprised to see coffee served BEFORE the dessert. It seems wrong; coffee just doesn't go with, say, a fruit-based dessert. It is too strongly flavored.

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