Friday, August 25, 2017

Customizable Stencils




If there is one thing we have noticed about 2017, it is that Customization & Personalization is huge in the event industry!
Our Espresso Bar Catering has offered our Original* Beverage Branding for as long as the business has been around! However, we decided to step it up a notch this year and add something new and exciting to our Espresso Bar Catering menu!

Introducing Customizable Stencils!
These Food-Grade plastic stencils can be customized with just about any image, name or slogan.
All we need is a J.peg format image of your design, and just like that- you've created your very own customizable stencil! The best part- it's yours to keep!
You'll be making Espresso Bella's forever!

To order your Customized Stencil, visit our Online Store.
To Obtain an Espresso Bar Catering quote, fill out a Request Form here.

For any inquires, or to send your j.peg images for your stencil, please contact us at catering@EspressoBella.ca


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Golf Course Events



There’s just something about the summer that puts everyone in a better mood. The warm weather, the beautiful sunshine, and for us Espresso Bella’s & Bello’s- outdoor events! Outdoor events are a personal favourite. It takes our already unique bar set up to a next level w-o-w as we bring authentic espresso beverages to the outdoors. Didn’t think it was possible, did you? Lucky for you, we’ve got a ton of footage of our outdoor set ups and incredible events at parks, private venues, and the ever so popular golf courses!



               

Picture a beautiful sunny day, not a cloud in sight, and the wind is at a stand-still. You’re standing at the 9th hole and t-off into a beautiful green field! The day cannot get any better- or can it? Your best pal waves you over, as to both your surprise, Espresso Bella is set up conveniently at your hole, offering fresh to order espressos, lattes and even iced coffees & ice granitas! Sounds like a dream- but we’re here to help make your dreams your reality!



We have been so fortunate to cater numerous Golf Course events across the province! From private functions, to public events – we’ve gathered our espresso bars, packed them up onto golf carts, transported them through the course, and set up & served our famous quality espresso. These events are always so rewarding because our clients and guests of the event are always so amazed to find an espresso bar in the middle of their game! It’s not every day you find an outdoor espresso bar, but Espresso Bella will go above and beyond to make any event and event location work! With access to power & water, we can create the espresso bar of your dreams just about anywhere you’d like!





Did I mention the part about loading up our espresso bars onto golf carts? Our baristas were handed keys to a cart for the day to transport their bars to their locations within the course grounds. We packed our machines, coffee, blenders and condiments onto carts and set sail into the greenery on our quest to deliver #EspressoBellas at multiple bar set ups on the course that day! It was so nice to see the look on the players faces as they pulled up to their next hole with a freshly brewed espresso or refreshing lemon ice granita waiting for them!

Another note worthy Golf Course event took place inside the courses beautiful reception & dining hall! Although not outdoor, we had the pleasure of catering a private event for none other than the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Team and Alumni players! Talk about up close and personal. All the players had the chance to spend the day out on the course playing a few rounds, and end it off with a personal espresso beverage! It was an incredible experience (both for the players and for us!!)




Espresso Bella never limits our ability to deliver, nor do we limit your ability to vision the most perfect event! Indoors or out, we pride ourselves on capturing every detail- big or small- and catering great beverages and even greater service!
Looking to book an event at a Golf Course or outdoor venue? We’ve got what you’re looking for! Contact us today or fill out a Quote Request form!
Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

#ExperienceAmazing




Happy Summer! We are in the midst of our busy season and we are over the moon! It is such a rewarding feeling to be able to plan and watch a client’s vision come to life! We have been so fortunate to work with so many amazing people, planners and companies to create some unforgettable events across Ontario! All of our caffeine loving clients- both repeat and new- have come to us with their vision, incorporating their very own personal touches and we have helped make it happen!


Here at Espresso Bella, we pride ourselves on the ability to accommodate just about any event and believe that there is always room to grow! We wouldn’t be where we are without our amazing clients, and we strive to incorporate diversity and flexibility into our business to better suit everyone’s request! From small, one hour meetings, to customized bars for the non-coffee drinkers, to multiple location events within the same day- we tackle each event with excitement and an open mind as this is our opportunity to bring someone’s vision to life!








It’s always hard picking just one event to focus on- because every event that we are fortunate to be a part of is so unique! Weddings are a great example of this.  Each and every wedding we have catered has incorporated bits and pieces of both the bride and groom that have made it impossible to compare to any other event.  Couples, among all our clients have the opportunity to add on our signature Beverage Branding to their Espresso Bars.  This is always a fun add on because the reaction from their guests alone is so rewarding.  People are truly amazed to see customized images and branding inside of their cup.  New this year is also our Customizable stencils. Like the Beverage Branding, this allows for any logo or name to be displayed on top of your cappuccinos and lattes! The best part- you get to keep the stencil! (And they lived happily ever after with endless 
Espresso Bella’s!)
 It is a great way to make the Espresso Bar a true reflection of the bride and groom.



              It is reasons like these that motivate us to reach all potential clients! Another set of note worthy events that come to mind are our events that require multiple locations in the same day! (Keep in mind, this does not include the multiple bookings we get on a daily basis- this is just one high end client)  Espresso Bella has been fortunate to cater numerous events on a single day, that require more than one location ranging from 2 up to 15! That’s right- Espresso Bella went province wide as we stretched from Windsor, Ontario to St. Catherine’s, Ontario at 15 different Lexus Dealerships! That’s 15 separate Espresso Bar Set Ups with 15 beautiful espresso machines and 15 professional baristas! Our Catering Directors came together in just over two weeks to plan this corporate event that ran as smooth as our espresso flows!  This event was a great example of putting our team and ability to the test!  With a little determination and hard work - absolutely any event is possible!



             We love joining companies and clients with the same motive in mind! Lexus, for example, is a luxury brand that values the opportunity of Experiencing Amazing. Espresso Bella believes that all our clients should experience class and quality from our products, to our services, and of course our espresso!  Going forth any event, we always present gratitude and optimism as we take each booking as an opportunity to grow! Not only do we believe that every cup of espresso should be a beautiful one, but every event we cater too!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

*Natural* Coffee Making Methods












What’s the most you’d pay for your cup of coffee? Here at Espresso Bella, we charge $2.00 on average for a coffee beverage. Other companies range anywhere from $3-$7.
What if we told you some people spend a whopping $50-$60 CDN on a cup of coffee, and that the beans used in that coffee were picked from animal feces? YUP. You read that right and apparently it is more common than we thought (and enjoyed by many.) I know this information is cringe-worthy and the thought of it may make your stomach turn, but you need to continue reading this!

This Coffee making process is quite common and happens around the globe. It is a greener approach to fermenting coffee beans and leaves an unattainable favour on the beans!

First up- we head to Indonesia where
Kopi Luwak coffee originated. This method involves the
Indonesia Civet Cat- which belongs to the Viverrida Family. These Civet Cats survive off of the ripest coffee cherries in Indonesia. During digestion, the coffee cherries and pulp are removed and digested, however the bean remains whole. This is where the ‘unique’ fermentation process occurs that is responsible for the coffee beans unique taste. After 24 hours, the coffee beans are defecated by the civet cat. The coffee beans are handpicked, washed, dried, pounded to remove the beans skin, sorted and finally roasted. The taste of the Kopi Luwak coffee is explained to be earthy, smooth and surprisingly less bitter than a regular cup of Arabica coffee. The average cost of Kopi Luwak coffee sits at about $100 US per pound.



In Central-South Asia, you can find & try Coati Coffee! A Coati’s diet also consists of Jungle Fruits- mainly coffee cherries that are very ripe – determined by their impeccable sense of smell. While the coffee beans are protected by an outer shell, some of the digestive chemicals get absorbed and natural fermentation occurs in the Coati’s belly. This fermentation process breaks down the bitterness of the coffee and gives a mild chocolate-nut flavour (*cringes*) with a hint of fruity goodness. The coffee beans are 100% Arabica and produced mainly in Peru.







In Thailand, the delicacy is referred to as Black Ivory Coffee. Black Ivory was created and founded by

Torontonian Blake Dinkin. The coffee cherries are ingested by Thailand’s wild Elephants. These elephants eat raw coffee cherries mixed in with their diets. Some elephants prefer their cherries plain, with rice, or with bananas- this all has an effect on the final taste of the coffee. Each elephant eats 150kg of food a day. Dinkin slips a few cherries into the elephant’s meals on the daily. It takes approximately two days for the coffee beans to be passed through the elephants. To make a single kilogram of coffee, it takes around 33 kg of cherries. Many of the beans consumed are crushed when the elephants chew and cannot be used. Dinkin expressed that the taste did not come right away- for at first the coffee tasted awful. Nine years later, he managed to master the coffees taste by altering what the elephants ate with the cherries. Black Ivory is explained to be floral, earthy and full bodied. The average cost of a cup of this sits at about $50-$60 and can be purchased in many hotels.



These three coffee making methods are fairly similar in regards to a mammal consuming, fermenting and digesting the coffee beans. But our final coffee making method doesn’t involve an animal’s consumption entirely (thank goodness.) Wild Bat Coffee was founded in Costa Rica. The wild bats feed off of the Coffee Cherries. The bats break down the skin, feed on the cherry pulp and lick the sugar-rich mucilage initiating a uniquely natural coffee processing method. The bats are too small to eat and digest the actual coffee beans, so nature takes its course on the bean itself, opposed to the bats stomach! The coffee beans are left on the tree and exposed to the sun as nature's own way of drying the coffee in its par ... chment. The coffee is known to be remarkable fruity and floral and its acidity is very delicate!
So, would you try these?
The prices alone is ridiculous in our opinion; however it is understandable with the amount of physical labour and time that goes into creating these unique blends.
Unfortunately, the knowledge of the process alone was enough of a turn off.
However, these blends are fairly popular and loved by many- so the taste has to be enjoyable.

Do you know of any other natural Coffee making processes? Let us know!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How Do You Take Your Coffee?


You were just served a fresh cup of Coffee/Espresso - What do you add to it?
Sugar?
 Just Milk?  Half & Half? These are some of the more common coffee condiments, but we wanted to step outside of the box. We searched around for some of the most bizarre, yet quite common Coffee & Espresso condiments and this is what we *shockingly* found!

Baking Soda – Not something you would generally associate with coffee or espresso, but it is actually used in coffee not for taste, but for its health benefits. Adding a tbsp of baking soda into your cup of coffee actually cuts the acidity in the coffee, making it more stomach-friendly.

Butter – Earlier this year, we actually put this to the test with Bulletproof coffee. Bullet proof coffee is the combination of freshly brewed coffee, organic grass-fed butter and MCT or coconut oil. We were huge sceptics of this at first because, let’s be honest, the thought of butter in coffee is not at all appetizing. The results however were the total opposite of what we expected. Adding the butter to the coffee – and blending it- made the coffee so rich and creamy. It was as if you were drinking a cappuccino. We found that you actually didn’t have to add any milk or sugar/sweetener to it- it was super light and airy!
Egg – adapted from the Vietnamese Culture – adding an egg to your freshly brewed cup of coffee creates a smooth beverages packed with protein!
Honey – a natural substitute to sugar!
Salt – sprinkling salt into your cup of coffee will actually reduced the bitterness.  
Peanut Butter – looking for a nutty fix? Try adding a scoop of peanut butter to your cup of coffee!
Lemon/Lime - Give your morning brew a citrusy kick by throwing in a fresh lemon or lime peel. The peel will get rid of the bitter flavors of your coffee and enhance its sweetness. Another myth suggests that a lemon peel can clean your teeth after drinking an espresso.
Tonic Water - Bubbly iced coffee sounds weird but also somewhat appealing, right? This combination is made by pouring cold brew or espresso over tonic water and ice. The resulting drink is said to be citrusy, crisp, and refreshing (especially on those hot summer days)
Ice Cream – not necessarily the most bizarre, as we know and serve this as an Affogato. It is delicious and we highly recommend it!
Some of these definitely sound more appealing than others, but I think I’ll stick to my long espresso shot with a splash of chocolate almond milk- yum!

What’s In Your Cup? Let us know!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cars & Coffee


Espresso Bella Inc. aims for Class and Quality. We are more than just a cup of coffee, more than just a catering company, and more than just a distributor of quality espresso machines.  Espresso Bella Inc. doesn't just provide unique, customizable, and quality services and products that are incomparable. We provide relationships, trust and are determined to go that extra mile.  We will always go above and beyond for our clients and will be that extra touch of class at any event or occasion.  Espresso Bella Inc. is luxury.  We provide only the best of the best and cater to our clients' wishes and desires.  We allow our guests and clients to experience awesome!



We shaped our desire to be the best of the best because of the many events we have done for some VIP clients, namely with the major car brands and Dealerships!  We have come to the realization that we aim for excellence like these well known brands.  We share the same mentality.  We strive for the experience that is unattainable by any competitor.  We strive for the uniqueness of our taste, style, and manner.  Like the car you drive, your coffee should be just as luxurious and just as customized to your taste and needs.

 


Espresso Bella Inc. has had the opportunity to work with numerous Luxury Car brands at Car Launches, Appreciation Events & more! We've set up our immaculate services in the Brand Headquarters and even right in the showroom next to the most beautiful Car Models.


We are so appreciative for our business with BMW, Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, Tesla, and Lexus to name a few.  These Brands cater to clientele looking to indulge in life and luxury and here at Espresso Bella Inc. we strongly believe that our services demonstrate passion and dedication, much like the workmanship behind these masterpiece cars.

  

It is so rewarding to work with clients that represent quality and craftsmanship and we're so honoured when we come across a brand that appreciates passion, honesty, and quality.  We find that these events have been extra rewarding to our own brand since we are the company entrusted to add that little something extra, the espresso bar!  
For more information on our Espresso Bar Catering, visit our Website or fill out a
Quote Request Form.

Have a beautiful day, and an Espresso Bella!



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Espresso Bar Catering

                          

Some of Our Most Memorable Events

                     
Here at Espresso Bella Inc. we not only have a never ending passion for Coffee, but we also
enjoy delivering Quality Service. Espresso Bella Inc. Espresso Bar Catering is a specialty service that brings forth both Quality and Class. Espresso Bella Inc. has the pleasure of servicing all types of events. From grand venues, to small private functions, we have the ability to customize our Espresso Bar and set up at virtually any location. Over the past 12 years, we have had the pleasure of servicing quite the number of events. We have traveled both in and out of the province to do our part in creating a successful event for our clients. It is truly rewarding to not only see and hear our client’s reactions to their freshly made-to-order beverages, but to be a part of some amazing events in some incredible venues. Although no two Espresso Bar Catering events are the same, and all are worth recognition, here are some of our most memorable catering events.






One of our largest guest count events we serviced was at The Santa Claus Parade in Downtown Toronto for Nintendo WiU.  With a guest count of about 10 thousand, our Barista's were very busy!  Our client decided to customize their Espresso Bar to strictly Hot Chocolate as the parade catered mostly to children - and we were beyond ecstatic to do so! Espresso Bella Inc. gives our clients the option to customize the bar to any desire. We have presented Hot Chocolate Bars, Canadian Coffee Bars, and even Iced Coffee Bars...anything specialty. We understand that everyone has a preference and that regardless of what beverage is in your cup, it should be a beautiful one!




Our largest multi location/man-powered events was when we worked closely with a high end client who had an event set up at eight different locations on the same day at different malls across Ontario.  We were so grateful to be a part of this event. We had eight of our Baristas set up with a customized Espresso Bar that incorporated themed desserts to compliment the beverages.   Our Catering Directors worked in-synch with our in-house Baker to get all the deserts and Espresso Bars packed up and ready for pick up the day before the event, ensuring that every Barista had everything they needed. 





            We had the pleasure of taking our Espresso Bar where some said it couldn't go...on the Toronto Ferry Boat and on to Toronto's Ward Island.  Our Baristas walked the mobile espresso bar through the streets of Ward's Island all the way to the wedding chapel in time to serve all the guests some delicious specialty beverages. Read more about the event as featured in the Toronto Life Magazine!








Another memorable event was when we had the opportunity to cater a private function for the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Team. We worked closely with an event agency and catered an Alumni & Team dinner at a Golf Course in Ontario. The entire team enjoyed and indulged in quality espresso beverages, as our Baristas indulged in the once of a life time experience, up close and personal with all the team players! We truly love what we do, and when we cater events like these, and all events for that matter, we cater them with such gratitude and pride! 






               Espresso Bella Inc. aims for prestige! Whether it is an event big or small, we love creating a beautiful experience for our clients! Our team of Catering Directors can be reached by phone or email and invite you to fill out a Quote Request Form located on our homepage. You are also always welcome to stop by our Stouffville Showroom where you can taste our Espresso, chat with our team and see our machines in action!