Paris’ Caféotheque Celebrates Women Coffee Farmers of Gabon

Affiche Paloma Kuns - Cafeotheque


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.

Warm, exquisite Caféotheque, in the heart of Paris.

Warm, exquisite Caféotheque, in the heart of Paris.

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.

Painting by Paloma

Painting by Paloma Kuns of women coffee farmers in Gabon.

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.”
Paint by Paloma Kuns.

Paint by Paloma Kuns.

Paloma continues to live in Gabon with her husband and three children.
10% of the sales will be given to a Gabonese NGO named IMYA :
If you happen to be in Paris, I strongly urge you to stop by Caféotheque to see the show, not to mention enjoy some terrific coffee.
Painting by Paloma Kuns.

Painting by Paloma Kuns.

About the Author


Sarah Allen 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.