Saturday, January 13, 2018
I'm sure many of you know of LavAzza.You may
have seen it in one of your favourite coffee shops, or heard of it through a friend, or even have one of your own. Maybe you were watching a good television show with your favourite celebrity as the main character and saw one in their kitchen, especially if it was a reality show such as the Real Housewives.
Many celebrities that we know and love are LavAzza fans or have been associated with
LavAzza in some way. Take Julia Roberts for example, she did a 45 second commercial back
LavAzza also joined the celebs at the 75th Golden Globes that aired January 7th, 2018.
Pop up cafes were presented before and after the awards allowing all your favourite celebrities to have a sip of a LavAzza espresso! This isn't LavAzza's first Golden Globes however, they have made other appearances in the past as well.
For those of you that are new to hearing about LavAzza, here's some information you
should know! LavAzza has their own coffee brand and espresso machines. Their machines are all capsule based and do require you to use only LavAzza capsules or the Mokador capsules for the LavAzza espresso point, espresso machine which can be purchased at Espresso Bella and www.espressobella.com. Other brands are not compatible with their machines. Another interesting fact about LavAzza according to their website is they get their beans from all around the world including Africa, Asia, and Indonesia!
So, the next time you see or drink a LavAzza espresso, just remember, you are that much closer to becoming like your favourite celebrity!
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
The Holiday Season!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everywhere you look is filled with so much joy and cheer. It is a time known for celebration with close friends and family and reflection on the year that is soon coming to a close. Here at Espresso Bella, we especially love the holiday season, because not only do we get to take part in so many celebrations surrounding the holiday itself, but we get to step back and reflect on all the amazing events we were so fortunate enough to be a part of!
The holiday season in particular is a great time to reflect on the true spirit of hospitality, and the role that we as a catering business play in creating a sense of community across Ontario and beyond! We like to believe that we are more than just a coffee catering service, but a connection that is extended to every single one of our clients. Naturally, the holidays become very busy, however we look at this as a fantastic opportunity to reach out and work with as many people as we possibly can. With that being said, we can proudly say that we have never turned a client away. We take on every event that comes our way with gratitude and appreciation and deliver a service that leaves an everlasting impression of class and quality.
Whether it is a first time client, or a client of 10+ years, we treat every single event the same - delivering what we know best, with the freshest ingredients and most professional hospitality! Our goal is to make our clients feel completely satisfied, and most importantly happy. This especially comes into the play around this time of year, for it holds such importance to so many of us. We are so fortunate to be able to be a part of such sentimental memories during the holiday season. From corporate events, to public festivals and parades to intimate parties- there is a common theme of appreciation that fills the air (along with freshly brewed espresso) that reminds us of why we do what we do!
We would like to take this time to send out our deepest gratitude to all of our clients this holiday season, all of our clients from this and previous years, and to all of our future clients. If it were not for you, we simply would not be the company we are today. Each and every event is an honour, and your business is one of the greatest compliments we
could ever receive!
From the entire Espresso Bella Team, we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, a safe Holiday season, and all the best for 2018!
Saturday, December 16, 2017
What's The Difference?: Capsules, Beans, Grounds
Many people are unfamiliar with the pros and cons, and differences between capsules used in a capsule based espresso machine, beans, and grounds. However, it is very important to do your research especially when choosing a machine.
Before I get into the pros and cons of each type, let's first start with the basics and explain which is which! Capsules are tiny plastic or aluminum "containers" that are capped with either a filter paper or foil and the espresso or coffee is stored inside. Capsules became more popular as of recent years. Grounds on the other hand are coffee beans already grinded in a grinding machine and prepackaged. Whereas beans are the actual coffee beans, untouched from coffee plants.
Now onto the more important section, the pros and cons.
Beans and grounds have many similar pros and cons which are almost the complete opposite to those of capsules. However, there are many benefits as well as downfalls to beans that are separate from grounds, and vice versa.
Some perks to using capsules and the types of machines capsules fit in are:
- they are much smaller than true espresso machines
- a lot more convenient and quick (which is good for people always on the go)
- these machines can make drinks other than coffee (ie. tea, hot chocolate)
However, there are a few cons to these types of machines:
- the taste of the espresso using capsules (although good, the capsule based machines are unable to deliver the full effect of a perfect, authentic tasting espresso)
- not all capsules fit into all capsule based machines
- although the machine is not very expensive, the capsules themselves are much more costly than beans or grouds
When buying beans, you must remember that you have to grind them yourself using a grinder. This can be a pro or con depending on the person. Although it is time consuming, when grinding your own espresso beans you get to choose how coarse or fine you want them.
- always fresh tasting espresso
- can use any brand of espresso beans you please (unlike capsules)
- more active role in making your espresso
- always have the fresh coffee smell in your house after grinding your beans
Disadvantages to using beans:
- more effort (to grind beans)
- more time
- have to clean out the grinder
- machines are more expensive than capsule based
- more active role in making your espresso
- more convenient than beans
- always ready to brew
- a more fresh tasting espresso than capsules
Downfalls to choosing ground espresso:
- the grounds go stale in a short period of time
- not as fresh as beans
- machines are more expensive than capsule based
When choosing grounds vs. beans be sure to consider convenience, freshness, and control.
Everyone has a different opinion on which type - capsule, grounds, beans - they prefer and before you choose which type, do your research and test them out.
Follow all our social media to see the type we prefer and visit our website at www.espressobella.ca for our showroom address. Come in anytime to try our freshly grinded espresso beans and to view all the different types of machines we carry. (you can also find them on our website)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Tricks To Making The Perfect Drink
For the past two years St. Brendan Catholic Elementary School has held a marketing fair where a bunch of venders come out and sell products and it's always a big hit every time! Both last year and this year Espresso Bella attended this event and this year on November 17, 2017 I got to join in on the fun and see what this event is all about! It was a very hands on, nonstop event and I made at least 20 of each kind of drink that we provide, if not more!
When serving, Frankie, my boss, taught me all the little tricks to make the perfect espresso and gourmet drinks, such as lattes, cappuccinos, and many others; and now I'm going to share them with you!
The first trick, and one of the most important ones which plays a huge roll in determining the taste of your espresso, is how you tamp your espresso grounds. Always be sure to place your portafilter on a table or some place sturdy. Never try tamping your grounds while holding the portafiter. Then once you start tamping, pay close attention to the espresso grounds, you want to make sure that one side is not lower (more tamped) or higher (less tamped) than the other side. You want the grounds to all be even and parallel with the floor. This allows the water to run evenly throughout the espresso grounds resulting in a smooth, even and perfect espresso.
Another important factor which applies to more of the gourmet drinks is how you froth your milk. When frothing you want to find the radius (half) of your frothing jug and then split the radius in half. For example, if your frothing jug is 20cm from one end to the other, then the radius is 10cm and half of the radius is 5cm. So, at 5cm is where you want to place the wand when you froth. When you begin to froth, you do not want to see bubbles forming. If you do, just lower the wand a little deeper in the jug. Keep an ear out for a low hissing sound, that is how you'll know you're on the right track. Also, visually you want to see the milk quickly spinning inside the milk jug. If you follow those easy frothing tips, your milk will turn out beautifully.
The last trick to making the perfect espresso is to never rush. Whether you're making a drink for a customer and there is a long line up behind them, or for most of you just making an espresso for yourself at home, always be sure to take your time with it and don't rush. It's an art, and if you rush, it will never turn out perfect. As Frankie says, "You can't rush perfection!"
Those are the three tricks to making the best espresso/ gourmet drink. Share a picture and tag us on one of our social media accounts below of you making the perfect espresso using these three tricks! Also, visit, follow, and subscribe to all our social media!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Beverage branding, a common request that many of our clients make when booking an event, is one of the things we, Espresso Bella, pride ourselves in. It allows our company to stand out from many other coffee catering companies, and we always get great feedback afterwards.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the term 'beverage branding', it is an edible image, logo, picture, monogram, or even quote that can be placed on the top of your coffee, and because it is made of sugar and food colouring, the image blends perfectly with your drink. The best part, it does not alter the flavour of the drink whatsoever!
Beverage branding is a great tool that can be used to promote your business and get the whole room to notice your brand, because it is not being promoted on the cup, or the sleeve, but right on the top of the drink! It allows your guests to look down into their hand-crafted beverage and see a logo, image, or wording of your choice right there in the palm of their hands.
We take great pride in being the only company in Canada to beverage brand drinks with more than just a logo. We give our customers many options as to what they can place on their drink. Beverage branding allows us to add a special touch to all the drink we make, and wow our customers, and your guests every single time!
Stencils are another unique touch that we provide our customers with! We create the stencils ourselves, and they can be wording, or even logos! Once the stencils are made, we place it on top of the drink, sprinkle some chocolate or cinnamon powder, and there you have it, a customized design in your cup!
If you're looking for a new, unique way to advertise your brand, or if you're just looking to wow your guests at your next event, book with us today at www.espressobella.ca. We promise you won't be disappointed!
Follow our social media accounts to see more beverage branding and stencils from past events and stay up to date with all the events we have coming up in the near future!
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
It's Almost Christmas: Let's Talk Presents And Parties!
Hi everyone, it's Vanessa and I'm here to talk about that time of year again! We're approaching the holidays and I could not be more excited! Family time, food, holiday break from work and school, and let's not forget about... presents! I'm an early shopper and have already planned out what I am going to buy who. However, there are always a few people that draw a blank, and I have no clue what to get them. I'm sure most of us have felt that unsureness before, right? Well, don't panic! Whether you're an early shopper like me, or a last minute shopper, make your way down to our showroom or visit our website(www.espressobella.com) for great gift ideas!
Our most raved about products are our very own brand of espresso machines, which include: "MamaBella Espresso Machine", "MinEBella Office Plus Espresso Machine", and the "MinEBella Espresso Machine". They are perfect for any occasion and make exceptional Christmas gifts! The MinEBella fits just about anywhere, and of course once purchasing our machine, it is only right to pick up a bag of our very own- Espresso Bella- espresso beans
and the Mokador capsules!
Speaking of Christmas...
Are you thinking of having a Christmas party this year? Let us join in on the fun and I promise, you will be glad we did! Call in or request a quote through our website for us to cater your Christmas party. With our fun flavoured syrups that represent the holidays -like peppermint, cookie dough, gingerbread, toasted marshmallow, and white chocolate- I'm sure they would sweeten up your party and give it the holiday feel it was looking for!
Not sold on our products and service yet? You can always visit our YouTube channel to see a tutorial on how to use the MinEBella and videos on various events that we have done over the years!
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