Many thanks to my favorite librarian for alerting me to this story from the New York Times about efforts to improve the quality of coffee in Paris coffee shops. I have never been to the City of Lights, but I had assumed -- apparently in error -- that the long history of cafe culture would translate to quality coffee. After all, Paris has been known for its elegant, street-side cafes since shortly after the Turkish Ambassador introduced the beverage in 1669.
According to Oliver Strand and other critics, however, indolence and complacency have led to poor coffee care. The article describes an annual competition that aims to improve Paris coffee. If ever I get a chance to visit Paris, I will certainly look for these prize winners!