Coffee is a major part of French cuisine. It is customary to conclude a multi-course meal with coffee.
A typical coffee in France is different from that of other countries such as the United States and East Asian countries. The word café, which means “coffee,” refers to an espresso shot when used without modifiers. This espresso shot is highly concentrated and is usually served with sugar on the side and no milk or cream. It’s really, really bitter and quite different from the coffee Americans and East Asians may be used to.
Of course, this is not the only type of coffee availabe in France. The coffee pictured above is a café crème, which is similar to a café au lait; I suspect that the difference is that cream is used instead of milk. Another type of coffee is café vanille, which is simply coffee with vanilla-flavored cream added. Apart from these types of coffee, American-style coffee may be found in American-style coffeeshops such as Starbucks.
The coffee here typically is topped with a layer of foaming cream, as seen in the above picture. This is present in all types of coffee, from espresso shots to cappuccinos.
A cup of coffee is usually priced at around €1–€3 (US$1.30–$4.00). Coffee is served in bakeries and coffeehouses, as well as restaurants and bars. There are also special coffee vending machines that serve various types hot coffee in open plastic cups.