French-style supermarket coffee

Give me strength: French coffee

An extra hour in bed is no compensation for the dark mornings and evenings ahead. For me, the changing of the clocks at the weekend marks the start one of the most unwelcome weeks of the year.

Fortunately, I’ve stocked up on French-style coffee to help see me through. I always head to Sainsbury’s or Tesco when I need coffee.

There’s something about the blend and the roast that appeals to me. I like a strong, full-bodied coffee that reminds me of taking breakfast by the Seine or in a cool courtyard in the sunny south west.

I’ll never forget the first time I went to the US as a coffee-drinking adult. The popularity of TV shows such as Friends had me convinced that I was in for a treat at some Central Perk-style coffee shop. Oh, how wrong I was.

What seems to be served in the US is an extremely weak coffee – presumably so that café owners can afford to refill your cup constantly. I soon realised that I needed to order specially to get something worth drinking.

“I like a strong, full-bodied coffee that reminds me of taking breakfast by the Seine or in a courtyard in the south west”

This week, as I leave home at 6.30 to avoid the worst of the roadworks on the M23 on my way to work, I am glad of the caffeine swirling around within my system. When an hour-and-half commute starts taking more than two hours, you need all the help you can get.

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11 thoughts on “Give me strength: French coffee

  1. Give me decent coffee and I can face anything
    Mainlining “expresso” as we speak ……………..My intray has just collapsed under the weight of monday’s work.

  2. Oh how that takes me back just over a year … I left my job in central London last September and moved here. I can’t say I miss the commute and there was something about the short days here that was magical whereas on the slow train to Oxford it was just plain miserable. Bon courage and keep injecting the black stuff 😉

  3. I love coffee too ! I ‘m Italian/Brazilian living in Italy and the coffee in these 2 countries is superb !

  4. I prefer my café from the village café just down the street from me. However, here that is easy! 😉

  5. Thank you for finding my blog on living in France! We have francophilia in common;) I would like to be able to stay full time but I grab my months at our Limousin house when I can!

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