Thursday, January 12, 2017

Myth Busters

How & Where to store your Coffee/Espresso Beans!

Hey Coffee lovers!
We've heard of a few 'myths' floating around in regards to how to store your Coffee/Espresso beans at home! We have a ton of clients who come in to purchase coffee beans and espresso beans and actually have no clue how to store it! We've decided to create a list of the Do's and Don'ts when it comes to storing your purchases to maximize its lifespan, quality in taste & more!

One of the most popular myths floating around is to keep your Grounds/ Beans in the fridge to keep them fresh!

This is a huge MYTH!

Its been floating around for a while. Maybe your parents, or even your parents parents started this and passed it down through the generations! Our best advice- stop this immediately!!

The fridge is not the place to store coffee in any form, ground or whole bean even if in an airtight container. It isn’t cold enough to keep your coffee fresh, and because coffee works as a deodorizer, it will absorb all the aromas in your fridge. This will definitely have a negative impact on the final taste of your cup of coffee. 

So, on that note, here's how to store your beans & grounds to help keep them at their peak!
  1. Keep them in an airtight, dark container.
  2. Avoid sunlight.
  3. Avoid heat.
  4. Avoid steam (so consider where you are storing your beans and keep them away from brewers, stoves, etc.).
  5. Avoid moisture (storing near your sink could accidentally allow water to reach beans).
  6. Within 72 hours after being roasted coffee beans have reached their maximum or peak of freshness, so use them as quickly as possible.- we always suggest grinding as you use.
  7. If you can’t brew them within the optimum time put your beans in the freezer. (Not the fridge!)


Focusing back on #6- Coffee beans lose their freshness fairly quickly, so storing them properly is extremely important! This is also why we suggest only grinding them as you use them!

Also, ensure that the type of grind you use is suitable for your brewing system. If beans are too fine or too coarse you will not generate maximize flavour.
Ensure your grinder is regularly cleaned. Fresh beans produce different levels of oil and because of the oil coffee grinds will begin to compact around the burrs in your grinder. This means that the grinds need to be removed to lengthen the life of the grinder and to ensure you aren’t blending old coffee with freshly ground beans.
If you need to have your coffee pre-ground, whenever possible store it at room temperature in a vacuum-sealed container that is made of materials that won’t impart unwanted flavours to your coffee (ceramic is ideal).
Ground coffee is dramatically affected by humidity which adversely affects the flavour, so don’t store ground beans for more than one week. However, coffee connoisseurs will say to not store ground coffee for more than an hour!


When storing Whole Beans, do not store more than one week’s worth of beans at a time. This isn’t always practical, so if you know you will have beans for longer than that, you can store them in your freezer. Storing your beans in a deep freezer is better than the fridge’s freezer because it doesn’t get opened as often.
Never store your coffee in paper but rather try to store it in its original packaging (usually foil or plastic.) At Serious Coffee caf├ęs, we bag our coffee in paper bags that have a liner and only when you order it. The idea behind this choice of bag and to not prepackage our beans is that we are committed to freshness and hope that the coffee is consumed within a week so that it doesn’t have to be frozen.
Put each bag in its own resealable freezer-quality bag, resealable container, jar or some other airtight container to avoid freezer-burn. Remove as much air as possible and don’t worry about the light; your freezer is dark and the few times it’s opened won’t negatively impact them. Remember, Serious Coffee’s beans are so fresh that the original 2270 gram (5 lbs) packaging has a relief valve to allow the off-gases to escape, so be aware that your resealable bag could burst due to the gases having no where to go. We recommend that you keep our beans in our packaging as the valve will only allow the gases to escape while blocking air from entering the bag.
In order to ensure that your beans are fresh, do not store them in the freezer longer than two weeks from the purchase date. If necessary, whole beans can be kept in a deep freezer for up to two months; however, this is not something we recommend.
Take out only as much coffee as you need and never return beans that have thawed to the freezer.

Last but not least- buying a quality bean!
You can store your beans perfectly, however you will only get that perfect Coffee, Espresso or Cappuccino with a quality, FRESH bean!

Espresso Bella's very own Venti Sei is roasted locally here in Stouffville and is received every 7 days! You'll get the freshest bag on the shelf, every time!


That's a wrap for this edition of Myth Busters! We hope you found this article useful! You can always visit our Showroom in Stouffville with your questions, concerns or curiosities in regards to your Coffee/Espresso products!

In the mean time, Have a beautiful day and an Espresso Bella!






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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

#ResolutionMonth


Hey Everyone!

We officially want to welcome you to 2017!
As we all know, as January commences a New Year, it symbolizes a fresh start! Many take this time to reflect of their previous year, create goals, and make moves in the right direction! We have named January RESOLUTION MONTH!


Here at Espresso Bella, we started off 2017 in full force!
We received our Brand New #EspressoBella Disposable cups- that are available for purchase, Launched our Brand New Labelled Keurig Compatible K-Cups and started our Stouffville Awareness program- offering all of Stouffville FREE next day delivery on our Keurig Capsule orders!

There is a ton of new and exciting products and programs to look forward to at Espresso Bella this month & year- but it doesn't just stop there!
This year, look to Espresso Bella for your questions and curiosities when it comes to coffee!

Each month, we will choose a theme and focus our posts, workshops & more on that theme!
Everything from, Resolutions & Saving, to Machine advice & Comparisons, to Love & Family, to even Kid Friendly topics and activities!
Have a suggestion on a theme we should focus on?!
We love hearing your suggestions and feedback!
Feel free to contact us!
showroom@EspressoBella.ca
And Follow us on our Social Media Pages

Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella!



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Espresso Bella Grand Opening!

Grand Opening




We Celebrated our Grand Opening on October 1st at our New Location on Innovator Ave.

We were fortunate enough to have @Snapd come to our event and capture some great photos of our amazing Staff, Family & Friends!

We are so very appreciative of everyone who came to celebrate with us that afternoon, and continue to visit our Showroom to Shop, or even enjoy an Espresso Bella!



Be Sure to stop by our Showroom!
Visit our newly designed website for our hours of operation and address!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Fresh New Look

Out With the Old, In With the New!



Espresso Bella is super excited to announce our Brand New Showroom in Stouffville!
In just two, busy weeks, our Bella's & Bello's came together to create a fun, fresh showroom where guests and clients can come and indulge in some of the most authentic Espresso's & Coffee Products.

Swing by to test our brand new Espresso Machines, Drop off your current machine for servicing at our new service counter, or even to take a selfie at our new showroom #FeatureWall.

Whatever your reasoning may be, we cannot wait for you all to see our new look, and to enjoy an #EspressoBella with us!

Located at:
38 Innovator Ave. Unit 8
Now, in the Downstairs Unit
Stouffville
L4A 0Y2

New* Showroom Hours of Operation:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm
Sunday: Closed


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Machine Repair Tutorial!

LavAzza Espresso Point Machine Repair Tutorial:
Broken Floater Device



Hey Everyone and Welcome to our LavAzza Espresso Point Machine Repair Tutorial! Today we will be working on a machine that has a Broken Floater Device.

When the machine does not have a properly functioning floater device in its water tank, the machine is unable to determine whether the water tank is full. The complaint with this machine was that the "Water Indicator Light" would not stop flashing- even when the tank was full of water. This issue is a super easy fix- and repair pieces can be purchased through our online store www.shop.EspressoBella.ca or at our Showroom in Stouffville.

As you can see, we tested the machine by pouring water into the tank, yet the light continued to flash indicating that the tank was empty.

Simply open the top of the Espresso Machine and remove the water tank.
This customer in particular used bottled water in their machine which caused a Calcium Build up in the water tubes. We highly recommend using tap water to avoid this issue.

As you can see in the video, the Floater Device and the cap were separated. These two pieces should always be attached and in the proper position in order for the machine to function properly. It is important that the magnet on the Floater Device is touching the bottom of the Water Tank when placed in its proper position for this magnet indicates to the machine that there is water in the tank.

Once Floater Device is properly attached to the tank, return water tank to the machine and pour water in it once more- your indicator light should stop flashing once tank is full.


For more DIY Machine Repair Tutorials, visit our YouTube Channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPEgQFj99A92GoCm-jwqQhAor our Online Blog! http://espressobarcatering.blogspot.ca/

Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Machine Repair Tutorial

LavAzza Espresso  Point Espresso Machine:
No Power

video


Welcome to Espresso Bella's DIY Machine Repair Videos! These Educational Tutorials will give you step-by-step instructions on how to fix some common issues with your Espresso Machines without having to bring it into a repair shop!

Our experts here at Espresso Bella know the ins and outs of all the commercial brand espresso machines on the market and will do whatever it takes to help our clients and fans fix their machines efficiently and effectively!

Starting with the LavAzza Espresso Point Espresso Machine- a very popular model. The complaint with this machine was that there was no power- even when plugged in. After testing the machine, and ruling out that there was an issue with the Thermo Fuse (at the top of the machine) our experts determined that the fuses in the back were the issues at hand. This is a very easy fix that can be done in the comfort of your own home.

Side Note* If your machine needs thermos fuses replaced, you can gladly drop your machine off at our showroom and we can have a technician look at your machine and provide a repair quote.
As seen in the video, the replacement of the fuses is super simple. Once the compartment in the back is popped out- the fuse replacements can easily be slid in the slots and compartment can be reclosed. Once fuses are in place, you can proceed with plugging in your Espresso machine and power should resume.

For more information on Machine Repairs or for more Education tutorials on common issues with Espresso Machines,
visit our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPEgQFj99A92GoCm-jwqQhA
or our Online Blog http://espressobarcatering.blogspot.ca/


Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beauty With Coffee

DIY Coffee Scrubs & Masks!


As we know, Coffee offers an enormous amount of Antioxidants and Exfoliators.
So instead of throwing out your coffee grounds- why not put them to use, to enhance your Faccia Bella's! (Beautiful Faces)

Adding Coffee to your beauty routine helps rid dry dead skin on the face and body, to reveal our natural glow. Coffee can also add shine to dry dull hair and improve the look of cellulite- yippie!

Face MaskAdding coffee into a morning face mask will rejuvenate and keep your skin glowing all day long. It’s loaded with antioxidants, which help to eliminate toxins from your skin.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee (or used grinds)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons whole milk,  heavy cream, or yogurt
1 tablespoon honey


Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and apply a light coat to face. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Remove with warm wash cloth.


Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/diy-scrub-coffee/#ixzz4H3qEAe9N


Exfoliating Face ScrubWe all need a good exfoliator, so why not choose one with natural properties to buff all those pesky lines and dry skin? A coffee scrub will help to eliminate dead skin while working with your body’s natural renewal process to produce new skin cells, which creates the glowing effect everyone wants.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons coffee grounds (new, if possible)
1 tablespoon natural oil of your choice: Olive, grape seed, coconut, or almond
1 tablespoon brown sugar


Directions:
Mix all dry ingredients, then add oil. Based on the kind of scrub consistency you want, add more or less brown sugar. Massage onto your face in gentle, circular motions, then rinse with warm water.

Shiny Hair TreatmentThis amazing coffee hair treatment will renew your hair and bring it to a shiny, healthy state. Additionally, the disease fighting antioxidants found in coffee can work for stronger hair follicles that help with hair growth.

Ingredients:
CoffeeWater

Directions:
Prepare strong coffee, then add a bit of water. Let it cool until the mixture is luke warm. Standing in the tub, pour the liquid onto your hair and scalp, then wrap hair with a plastic cap. Sit for 20 minutes. Wash out with warm water.


Cellulite-Eliminating  Body ScrubIt’s been tried and tested, and while it’s hard to completely eliminate cellulite, this body scrub works particularly well. The properties in coffee have been found to help diminish the look of cellulite and the added benefit of coconut oil in the recipe will keep your skin moisturized and silly smooth.

Ingredients:
1 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. After you’ve washed your body, massage the scrub into wet skin for about 60 seconds per area, where you’re targeting cellulite, then rinse with warm water. Pro Tip: Use a tub stopper in your shower while using this scrub, as you’ll need to remove it from your shower and get rid of the waste in a regular garbage can as opposed to your shower drain, which can become clogged.


Full Body ScrubWith only four natural ingredients, this full body scrub will make your skin look healthier after the first use. The caffeine in coffee helps to eliminate unwanted oils, making your skin look flawless. The rough texture of the coffee grounds will slough away dead skin, leaving you with amazing, smooth skin.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions: 
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. If your coconut oil is solid, gently heat it until it melts, but wait for it to go back to room temperature before adding the other ingredients. This is to make sure that your exfoliants don’t dissolve in the oil! Once mixed, store your scrub in an air-tight container. Use on your entire body for great exfoliation.


Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/diy-scrub-coffee/#ixzz4H3qynEYk