Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cleaning up your Espresso/Coffee Bar


Revamping Your Espresso Bar!


With Spring finally here, we can’t help but gain the urge to purge! Spring Cleaning sure has its benefits, but can be time consuming! Here are some quick, easy and affordable tips to Cleaning out your Espresso Set Up and adding some fresh spunk to your Home Coffee Bar!

The key to a Clean, Fresh looking Espresso Bar is to keep things nice and tidy!

 Everything on your bar (or kitchen counter) should have a place!


Keep your espresso beans, grounds or capsules in an air tight container, or on a shelf, or rack!
You can find affordable glass air tight containers at various dollar stores/ grocery stores. Many come with labels that you can customize. This allows you to have more variety on your bar without having it look cluttered or messy.

Mesh-Top Shakers come in handy when wanting to top your drink off with something sweet, but don't want to deal with the mess!
Fill them with cinnamon, cocoa powder or anything your sweet tooth desires!
Great news, they're also available on our Online Store and In showroom!

Dose your machine have a heating rack on top? Remember to place your cups & mugs right side up! Placing them upside-down will heat the rim of the cup only- this is a recipe for a burnt lip!
allowing the bottom of the glass or mug to heat will keep your coffee beverage warmer for a longer period of time- since this is the first place the coffee hits when pouring into your cup.
You can also fill your glass/mug with warm water and let that help heat the cup while you set up your coffee. Dump the water out right before you are ready to pour your coffee.



Knock boxes are key to keeping a mess-free counter- especially with espresso machines that use grounds!
Breville has come out with a Stainless Steel Knock box that will go with any kitchen! The Knock box comes in two sizes and is made with a durable bar to “knock” your used grinds from your handle for a mess-free espresso, every time. The Knock box is lined with a removable rubber bucket that is easy to dump and rinse, eliminating the process of having to knock your grinds into a bag or garbage container, avoiding possible contamination.


To Purchase your Knock Box, visit our Online Store

Cleaning Up?
*Always remember to keep a damp cloth nearby*
this will come in handy for wiping your frothing wand after frothing milk & steaming it.

All removable parts of your Espresso machine can be cleaned in your sink with soap and warm water or in your dishwasher.  Confirm with machine manual*

For more fresh, Coffee & Espresso tips, keep up with the buzz!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Cleaning with Espresso Bella


Welcome to Spring!
This month at Espresso Bella, our focus is Out with the Old, In with the New!
Time to freshen up your Espresso Machines and Coffee Products.
Espresso Bella is your go-to for everything you’ll need to clean your machines, refresh your set-up with new accessories, or stock up on some new coffee blends!
Does your machine need Descaling? We sell Liquid Decalcifier’s that are compatible with all Espresso Machines (Manual, Automatic & Capsule.)

Is your Espresso not pouring right? Is your Machine acting up? Drop it off! We will have your machine serviced and running smoothly for the new season!
Is your Espresso Bar looking a little dull? Stop by the showroom and revamp your bar with new cups, spoons, syrups & more! Make your espresso’s true #EspressoBellas
Over your current blend of coffee? Want to try something new? Don’t know where to go?
You guessed it! Espresso Bella offers multiple blends of espresso to accommodate all of our client’s preferences! You can find the freshest Espresso at our showroom with our Venti Sei and Black Tie Espresso Blends, locally roasted and brought in house every SEVEN days! No stale beans!
Finally, it wouldn’t be spring without something new! Check out our workshops this month!
Friday April 7th 2017- Bulletproof Coffee
Thursday April 27
th 2017- Chocolate Etching
Follow us on our Social Media to keep up with the buzz!
Instagram- @Espressobellainc.
Snapchat- @EspressoBella

Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Coffee Catering Toronto by Espresso Bella Inc.

              We are currently living in an era where individuals devote time and money to the talent and capability of businesses and services available to them.  As the service industry is vastly growing, society is in demand for unique and quality businesses that stand behind reliability and professionalism. Espresso Bella Inc.'s Mobile Espresso Coffee Bar Catering service holds true to this and more.  Capturing the expertise of Barista service and the culturesque of your favourite cafe, Espresso Bar Catering manages to deliver the experience of travelling across the world and indulging in the excellence of the European culture to any event or function here in North America.  Our Coffee Bar Catering service is that versatile detail that brings an entire event - big or small - together.

      We have all had to plan an event or function of some sort before.  We therefore then know how overwhelming and time consuming it can be.  Having the ability to rely on the service industry to take care of certain aspects of a function - whether it be catering, or entertainment - provides a huge sense of relief.  Mobile Espresso Coffee Bar Catering often comes off as a surprise to many people for they simply never knew such a service existed.  Many venues - especially in North America - only provide standard coffee beverages (regular drip coffee) that most clients settle for on the sole basis of not knowing there are other options for them to choose.  Espresso Bella Inc.' Espresso and Cappuccino Bar Catering delivers that sigh of relief with our Uniqueness, Mobility, and Quality Service.  With the potential to set up at any location or venue, and flexibility to create a unique and custom Espresso Bar, our Espresso Bar Catering service is always the preferred option.

          Espresso Bella Inc. brings the culture, customization and class to any location.  In the European Culture, Coffee and Espresso are a family staple and gather family and friends around the table.  Espresso Bar Catering by Espresso Bella Inc. follows that exact motto.  By choosing Espresso Coffee Bar Catering for your Family and Friends, you are guaranteed the quality service and care of that of a family member.  Espresso Bella Inc. is driven by the importance of enjoying quality products, with quality service, delivered by professional staff.  The relationships built with our clients go beyond any business deal, but demonstrate the reasoning behind our services on a daily basis.  Our mobile Espresso Coffee Bar catering service signifies the basis of creating a memorable and sentimental experience for your event.
       
          Spoil yourself and your guests as a professional Barista creates your custom beverages, made on sight right before your eyes (fresh-to-order), topped with customizable Beverage Branding.  The quality of products used and service presented goes beyond any standard, self serve coffee bar.  Only the freshest espresso beans and condiments are used at each and every event to ensure the best tasting quality beverages are served to you and your guests.  Espresso Bella Inc.'s Mobile Espresso Coffee Bar Catering caters to all your needs and desires and allows you to create a personable, memorable experience with comprehensive menu options, drinks and more!  Enjoy your favourite, elusive specialty coffee beverages at your fingertips with our Espresso Bar Catering services.

Espresso Bar Catering astounds all ends of the spectrum. It is universal, customizable, and appreciated by all.  Espresso Bar Catering is your answer to limited menu options, venue limitations and that extra versatile detail to bring your event to the next level.  Wow your guests with quality and professional service, and let your beverages speak for themselves!  We'll take care of the ‘little details’ that are held highly to our clients and present great outcomes and memorable events.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hello February!

The Month of Love



Hello coffee lovers and welcome to the month of love!
For 28 days, it is socially acceptable to flaunt your love for coffee ...& others of course!

This month at Espresso Bella, we decided to focus in on LOVE.

Love for yourself, Love for family, Love for life and Love for the liquid gold we call coffee!

So what do you have to look forward to?


Participate in a Guided Meditation Course through the Seven Chakras
Find balance in your core and take a moment to catch up with life!

Tuesday February 7th 2017
7pm
Infinity Studio & Event Space


Sip, Sip, Hooray! Turn Date Night into GAME NIGHT at Espresso Bella with your loved one!

Friday February 10th 2017
8pm
Espresso Bella Stouffville Showroom

Are you following the #Espressobellas on Social Media?
From their pictures, to their videos to their snapchats- They'll be sure to get you smiling and laughing- that you'll almost forget you're learning about COFFEE!



Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella
xox





Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Glass vs. Stainless Steel

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The Breville IQ Kettle Pure
German Schott Glass – high quality, thermal shock resistant


As #Resolution month is coming to an end, we thought we would focus in on some health benefits found in our products at our very own showroom.
We all (hopefully) know and understand the harm in using plastic bottles and containers to carry our coffee or tea on the go. There are a ton of harmful chemicals in these products that are then released into our yummy beverages, and then into us!

Some of the 'better' quality bottles and containers are considered to be Stainless Steel and Glass.
Stainless Steel is very popular in the Coffee industry- Travel mugs, Coffee pots and even kettles.
But is it as safe as society believes?

Stainless Steel bottles, pots and Kettles:
  • Contain a Metal which may leach BPA
  • Many “stainless steel” products are actually made from aluminum, which is linked to Alzheimer’s. Products made from this material generally also have a plastic liner that can contain BPA or other chemicals
  • Stainless steel products can leach iron, chromium and nickel into alkaline and acidic beverages

When we recently received our shipment of the Breville IQ Kettle Pure, we decided to find out for ourselves.

The German Schott Glass IQ Kettle Pure and other glass products:

  • Made from naturally abundant materials, like sand, limestone and soda ash
  • Durable – will not degrade over time
  • Won’t leach chemicals
  • Can be used for liquids other than water without affecting the material or absorbing tastes and odors
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Glass is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. An estimated 80 percent of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles.
  • A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days.
  • Suitable for hot or cold beverages

Let's start 2017 off on the right note and continue this #healthphenomena for the entire year!
Switch over to Glass products where applicable. Read your labels and care for products as required!
We guarantee your #Espressobellas will taste that much better knowing the cup, glass, pot, or kettle you choose to make it in isn't affecting your health!

Check out all of our products & more

Have a Beautiful day, and an Espresso Bella!

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!