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Nice - Café de Max for a curated coffee selection

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I do love social media sometimes.... I spotted that a Facebook friend had liked a new café in Nice and had a look at their Facebook page and spotted that they seemed as into their Coffee as I am... actually probably way more into coffee! So I just had to visit. I saved it to my Yelp bookmarks and then planned when and how to drag my husband to the shopping area of Nice (Jean Medecin) as that takes quite some work ;)

I am pleased to announce that he is now happy to go to the shopping streets as long as he can go for a coffee at Café de Max... trust me, that is quite high praise coming from him!

The front of Café de Max on Rue Paul Déroulède
Here is the menu for all the yummy coffee - they are geared up for takeaway as well as sitting down for a cuppa and we saw quite a dew people popping in for a takeaway brew. We thought that for the quality the price was pretty decent at 1.80€ for the espresso of the day with a discount if you take it standing at the bar (1.50€)

If you found that hard to read you would be right, with my wonky framing and the light in the way LOL, so here is the proper menu:

They do homemade cakes too which is nice, as well as a breakfast deal.

This is the café inside, it looks quiet but we must be trendsetters as various people wandered in afterwards :) We liked the simple elegant deco.

This is where the magic happens - the coffee machine! I loved that it was personalised and was fascinated at how they could set it to be a specific number of cl - we ordered very short coffees (ristrettos) for which he set it at 2cl.

We took the espresso of the day, ristretto style and this is the result - such a great coffee! 3 sips and it was gone, but then for the next hour or two I could still taste the lovely full flavour! So small but rather powerful :) 

The owner told me that the amount of caffeine is linked to the time the water spends with the coffee grains, so you can apparently actually drink more ristrettos and espressos than longer coffees and drink them later in the day - might explain why Italians can cope with coffee after dinner. Must check this out, could be life changing ;)

On the right you can see the takeaway cups and the homemade sweet treats.

Here is a good old close up of the different cakes - I spy some chocolate, must try next time ;)

But also important to know is that they sell takeaway coffee and they can sell you the beans and / or grind it for you. It is locally roasted which is a nice touch, all artisanal. They had coffees from diverse locations such as Colombia, Ethiopia, Mexico etc.

We decided we liked the drink-in coffee so much that we would buy some to take home. We selected the Ethiopian Moka Sidamo blend and they ground it for us to the right coarseness for our Bialetti machine we use at home. So make sure to tell them which kind of way you will be using the coffee so they can choose the right setting on this machine:

I had this lovely little bag in my handbag for the rest of the afternoon and kept taking it out and sniffing it. People must have thought I was insane! Had they known me, they would know they were right ;)

So Sunday morning I got up before my husband and decided to give the dutiful wife thing a go and I made him coffee and squeezed some oranges so I could bring him up our new coffee and fresh juice :) He loved it! And yes, the coffee was lovely at home also. So give it a go!

So next time you are in Nice Etoile, give yourself a break and pop across the road for a great coffee. 

Café de Max
4 rue Paul Déroulède 
06000 Nice

Tel: 0954734420

Facebook page:é-de-Max-133411953696930

Cafe de Max opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 8h30 - 17h00
​​Saturday: 8h30 - 17h30

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