Tradition has it that coffee was introduced to Paris when a certain Armenian, Pascal Haroukian, opened a “maison de café” at the Saint-Germain fair in 1672 similar to those he had seen in Constantinople.
Once the beverage became popular, the number of torréfacteurs (coffee roasters) in Paris began to multiply. Centuries later, the number of artisanal coffee roasters is in decline.
If you are a fan of freshly-roasted coffee beans, you’ll be pleased to know that there are still a handful of establishments in existence where you can purchase blends and single roasts alike. There are even a few places where you can purchase single-estate coffees – beans from a single plantation.