Jackie Scenic and I have lately bemoaned the dearth of tasty coffee in these parts. We know of certain sit-down places and nice restaurants where you might obtain a coffee that doesn't taste like swill. But area coffee specialists, including the always-awful corporate options (Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts) as well as local indie fixtures like Tisane leave us wanting [something hot and caffeinated to drink that doesn't taste like warmed acid with dirt in it].
So I was pleased to discover that West Hartford Center has a new coffee shop and bakery that is actually worth going to, La Petite France. Apparently they boast an actual French person baker, which is fine. I bought a pastry called a pepite, which was kind of like an unrolled chocolate croissant. It was airy and buttery and delicious, but due to budgetary constraints, I won't be making $3+ treats a regular habit. I also had a free sample of one of the yule log cakes, which was awesome.
Anyway, I wanted to talk about the coffee, and how I'm glad there's someplace to get a good cup to go. At La Petite France they make their coffee with a French press, which is really the way you should. None of that drip/filter crap. Barrier methods are fine for birth control, but not for coffee, thanks. I've been to Europe, ok, and I know that coffee is supposed to have a rich color and flavor on its own, unrelated to cream and sugar. The coffee was $1.50, which is totally reasonable. So, hurrah. I'll be back, if I can face the parking nightmare.