One of my favorite things in Paris is to sit at a cafe and nurse a cafe creme, which was also Hemingway’s preference. Les Deux Magots and Cafe de Flore are essential stops, but almost any one will do. Bad coffee in Paris is a rarity (despite some reports), but in the United States it is prevalent. I usually resort to espresso drinks here and occasionally discover a wonderful one…
The closest thing to a French cafe is the kind you make at home with fresh, fragrant beans and a stovetop coffee maker–specifically, the moka pot. Bialetti has been producing this pot since 1933, and it makes a smooth, bold brew. I have had one for almost ten years and have changed the gasket only a few times. The six-cup pot is adequate for two people and costs less than $30. Here is a good deal:
For a cafe creme, I steam some whole milk (go for organic) with my espresso machine. You can also warm some in the microwave, but I like a bit of froth on top. Pour a small cup of coffee (it will be strong) and an equal amount of milk. This sweeps me away to Paris every time!