I’m a huge fan of Caféotheque, one of the seminal specialty-coffee companies in Paris, France. Not only is it a lovely space where beautifully roasted coffees are served and sold by the bag, but it was truly the first great forward thinking cafe in the city of lights. I look forward to going back to visit again when I am in Paris in March for the French Coffee Championships.
A wonderful woman I met last year when she was presenting an incredibly event, The Bartista Project, (yes, it’s spelled Bartista) Christina Chirouze Montenegro, curates the art and culture for Caféotheque, and she let me know yesterday about a fantastic new art exhibition going on in the beautiful space.
The work of painter Paloma Kuns of Venezuela is currently on display at Caféotheque, and it’s exquisite. She has captured the spirit and beauty of women coffee farmers she met in Gabon. In Gabon, Christina tells me, “She discovered there a wonderful country, where women are strong, sensitive, and beautifully natural. The coffee has a great place in their lives, and comes along with colors, flavours, and looks that attracted Paloma so much… she had to paint them.”
Paloma continues to live in Gabon with her husband and three children.
Sarah Allen (she/her) is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.