In CLIP 1, Belleville Brûlerie co-owner Thomas Lehoux talks about making Paris a world-class coffee destination. Belleville Brûlierie is a new roaster based in Paris that supplies beans to many of the city's specialty coffee shops.

Interview clip transcription:

"People had no idea. If you'd come, back five years ago, people had no idea what a barista (was). To learn something that's not in France, you have to travel. That's the thing. The whole idea of everyone who's working in Paris right now: we want to create a French type of coffee scene. One, because we can: there's no scene right now, so we can do this from scratch. And everyone already drinks coffee (here), so we can do whatever we want and create our own style -- not like the Nordic way, or the Australian way, or even the American way. I think we have the opportunity to find the scene we want and just do it. I think it's the goal of everyone here to create a coffee scene that maybe one day (people) will say 'you go to Paris, you're going to drink good coffee there' -- something you say now when someone goes to San Francisco or Portland or Melbourne: 'you're going to drink good coffee there.' I would love for someone to say, 'Oh, you're going to Paris? You're going to try good coffee there.'" ~ Thomas Lehoux

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Paris Coffee Project is a documentary series about the brotherhood of indie coffee rebels who are shaking up the world's most celebrated café culture.

Those who love coffee have long known Paris' dirty little secret: really bad coffee. And for the…


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Paris Coffee Project is a documentary series about the brotherhood of indie coffee rebels who are shaking up the world's most celebrated café culture.

Those who love coffee have long known Paris' dirty little secret: really bad coffee. And for the better part of two decades, Paris resisted the specialty coffee boom that swept the globe. Now a passionate band of coffee rebels are opening independent coffee shops that are challenging the accepted norms of what a Parisian cafe should be. The Paris Coffee Project captures this revolutionary moment — the moment when New Wave cafés took Paris by storm.

Like the French New Wave filmmakers of the '60s, the entrepreneurial baristas behind the little indie cafés popping up all over Paris are every bit as rebellious. In their quest to bring good coffee to Paris, they're challenging accepted norms and experimenting with the very concept and form of what a Parisian café is — opening the eyes (and blowing the minds) of locals and tourists alike.

They're Paris' hip, indie alternative to the more established, traditional, centuries-old cafes. Parisian cafes for a new generation. Featuring barista interviews and footage from: Belleville Brulerie, The Broken Arm, Cafe Lomi, La Cafeotheque, Loustic, Craft, Fondation, Holybelly, KB Cafe, Lockwood, Strada and more. Take a look when you have your next coffee and get a feel for the vibe of the artisanal coffee shops taking Paris by storm, as well as the rebels behind the movement.

Learn more at pariscoffeeproject.com.

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