Latte Literature: The Invisible Bridge

Within the first few pages of Julie Orringer’s exquisite story, the reader is swept into the world of Andras Levi, a Jewish Hungarian yearning to become an architect.   We walk the Paris streets with Andras as a student at E’cole Spe’ciale d’Architecture.  We rejoiced when we follow him and Klara Morgenstern to a whitewashed café’ near the Bastille where “after dinner they had strong coffee and tiny pink macaroons.”

In The Invisible Bridge Andras and Klara, his first love, are often sipping strong coffee in small cups.  To Coffeesnobology that’s a Big coffee reference that comes in a small cup, a demitasse cup.
The French word “demitasse” literally means half-cup.  And a “half-cup” is all you need to savor either an espresso or Turkish coffee.  Espresso is a favorite drink of many and although strong, has less caffeine.  Turkish coffee is actually pulverized coffee beans, usually sweetened and brought to a boil served with grounds and all.
The Invisible Bridge is a good read enjoyed even more over with a café (kuh-fay) or a café’ au lait (kuh-fay-oh-lay).


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One Response to “Latte Literature: The Invisible Bridge”

  1. Lynn Says:

    I always learn something from reading Coffeesnobology. I had equated strong coffee with MORE caffeine…so bring on the Espresso (but hold the Turkish Coffee served with grounds).

    Posted bt Karen

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