September 2011, Le Bal Café was publishing one of the most intriguing posts on their Facebook wall. Among their daily news and menus, there was this message: “demain soir, frog fight!” (Frog Fight, tomorrow night).

Le Bal Café's Facebook Page, September 2011: Frog Fright #13

Le Bal Café’s Facebook Page, September 2011: Frog Fright #13

For those of you who don’t already know Le Bal Café, it is a restaurant and café run by Anselme Blayney and chefs Anna Trattles et Alice Quillet, located in 6 Impasse de la Défense – 75018 Paris, near Place de Clichy. While photography enthusiasts were visiting the photography venue or the bookshop, I was crossing Paris from South to North, for the scones, the coffee and all the tasty dishes they cooked so well.

I dropped a few lines asking for permission to come and take pictures, and received in return the most inviting “Please, DO”. The day after, I was meeting the Frog Fight gang and discovering number 5 rue Villedo, Paris 1er, before the construction work and now known as Télescope Café.

As far as I could remember, I had always liked the smell of freshly grounded coffee but I could barely drink the beverage, except when I travelled to countries where coffee tasted better . By meeting Nicolas Clerc, Thomas Lehoux, David Flynn, Madison O’Mara, Peta Glaister, Nicolas Dumas and everyone in Paris who contributed to share their passion and knowledge of coffee, I had finally re-discovered the actual taste of coffee. And you, how did you start with coffee?