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Liber

Why Liber?

After a long quest for the perfect “thé” pun. After hours of laughter and brainstorming with friends, we had to make a choice. Liberthé was one of the first ideas we had but we weren’t completely convinced. At least not at first. And then the two of us started talking about Liber. Simply Liber.

Liber is a latin word and Arsène likes that. Liber is a reference to the books Mathilde loves reading. We did not choose Liber, Liber chose itself. And, for real, this adventure is our “liberté”.

For those of you who love languages, here are the multiple meanings of Liber in latin:

As we told you, it means “free” (but also “generous”, think about “libéral” in French, for instance)

It also means “book”: those books we loved, in which we found or lost ourselves, and that we would like to share with you around a nice cup of tea

“Liber” also means “child”. Isn’t that nice? This reminds us of dreams, and playtime.

Finally, Liber Pater is also a roman god, closely linked with the idea of abundance and fertility. The liberalia used to be celebrated mid-March, during the sowing season, in order to obtain divine protection over the fields.
We hope you’ll forgive us for this but Arsène, our pastry-chef and former Latin teacher, cannot resist giving you an excerpt from Ovides’Book of days (Fasti, 3, 761-762) Father Liber appreciates honey, and this is why we deservedly offer his inventor shining drizzles of honey on a warm cake.

Liber is a god but it also is a place where you will meet:

Mathilde, up front in the tearoom

Mathilde is the tall, smiley young lady who is rushing here and there making sure everybody is happy. Mathilde is a lover of warm, comfy and calm meeting places, and would like to share with you the Swedish concept of “Fika”: a coffee-break and a sweet treat to be enjoyed at any time, anywhere. After having trained as a comedian, Mathilde travelled to the Swedish cold, and worked in the world of creative past-times. She is now settling down and open her doors to tell you more about tea.

Arsène, back in the kitchen

Arsène’s first cook-book was La pâtisserie est un jeu d'enfant, (Baking is child’s play). After having studied classical philology and worked for a few years as a latin teacher, he took anoter career path and came back to his childhood past-time in order to bake his homemade cakes and bakes… We hope you’ll enjoy them!