French Coffee – Long Coffee Culture

French Coffee – Long Coffee Culture


french coffee mugs

French Coffee Preparation

café au lait is very common for breakfast. Traditionally, it is served in the “Bol”, a bowl-shaped dish. Important: Coffee and hot milk are poured at the same time, otherwise it is not real! And the coffee is from a french press.
If you order un café you get an espresso. However, if you want a large coffee, you should order a grand café or a café double.


Cafe au lait - french coffee bowl
French coffee

Other French coffee variations are:
  • noisette: an espresso with a little bit of warm milk – similar to an Italian caffè macchiato
  • déca: decaf
  • café filtre: filter coffee, often with a plastic filter placed directly on the cup.


mazagran coffee cup

  • mazagran: sweetened French coffee with brandy, Maraschino and Angostura on ice in a glass with a straw or traditionally a deep conical cup without a handle but with a porcelain base.
  • café royal: 1 cup of strong coffee, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tbsp cognac or brandy
  • canard: is a black, sweetened coffee with Marc de Champagne.

In French cafes you get rather sandwiches and savory snacks with your French coffee. If you prefer something sweet, you should go to a Salon de Thé or a patisserie.

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