French baking & Italian coffee = live in Chamonix?

I once had a friend from Portland, Ore., tell me about spending some time on the French-Italian border for work. “We crossed over to France to get our croissants and went back to get our coffee. One country can’t do coffee, and the other can’t do pastries; you would think that they could get together and work it out.”

— ‘Why Is Coffee in France So Bad?’ in Slate