Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Machine Repair Tutorial

LavAzza Espresso  Point Espresso Machine:
No Power


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
or our Online Blog

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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.


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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This Is What Happens When You Drink Coffee!

11 Reasons Why You Should Drink Coffee Everyday!

Although we would probably be able to come up with a ton more reasons why everyone should enjoy an Espresso Bella everyday, here are 11  reasons that we found to be interesting and beneficial to everyone's daily routine!

1. Coffee is a great source of antioxidants! In fact, the human body seems to consume and absorb the most amount of antioxidants from coffee, opposed to fruits and veggies!

2. Simply smelling coffee can reduce your stress levels! Being exposed to coffee aromas can reduce your brain proteins linked to stress.

3. Drinking coffee can lessen the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. The beverage has been known to assist patients in controlling their movement.

4. Coffee is great for your liver - especially if you enjoy consuming alcohol. It was proven that those who consume at least one cup of coffee a day were 20% less likely to develop liver cirrhosis.

5. Coffee can make you feel happier! Individuals who consumed four or more cups of coffee a day seemed less depressed than individuals who did not.

6. Coffee consumption has been linked to lowering levels of suicide. In fact, coffee consumption lowers these levels by 50%! That's huge!!

7. For females, Coffee has been known to reduce chances of developing skin cancer.

8. Coffee can make you a better athlete. Caffeine increases the amount of fatty acids in the blood stream, which allows athletes muscles to absorb those fats for faster fuel, therefore saving the body's small reserves of carbohydrates for later on in the exercise.

9. Coffee consumption can lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Consumption cuts these chances by 50%.

10. Drinking Coffee can assist in keeping your brain healthier for longer. Individuals above the age of 65 developed Alzheimer's two years later that individuals who did not consume coffee.

11. Coffee may make you more intelligent. Consuming Coffee not only gives you a jolt of energy, but keeps you sharp and focused, allowing to you be more alert and attentive.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rise and Shine, Around the World!

Morning Coffees, Enjoyed around the World!

It's a common part of everyone's morning routine- a cup of coffee. Enjoyed all over the world, we have gathered unique spins on your average cup of morning jo!

Egg Coffee, Vietnam

Recipes vary, but the fundamentals are egg yolk + condensed milk + sugar + hot coffee. The result is very rich, like a dessert.

Kaffeost, Finland

Traditionally served in Kainuu in central-east Finland, a cheese called juustoleipä is served with coffee. The cheese is cut into small chunks and placed at the bottom of the cup, and then coffee is poured on top. After you drink the coffee, you eat the cheese with a spoon.

Kan Kohi, Japan

There are a number of companies producing Kan Kohi (canned coffee) in Japan. It’s available from corner shops and vending machines, served hot in the winter and cold in the summer.

Café Lagrima, Argentina

Light and airy, this is steamed milk and foam, with just a ‘teardrop’ of coffee.

Turkish Coffee, Turkey

So important to Turkish culture that Unesco included it on its 2013 Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Served thick and strong.

Cafe del Olla, Mexico

Traditionally prepared in a clay pot, this coffee is brewed with cinnamon and pilloncillo.

Cafe Bombon, Spain

An espresso with sweet condensed milk. If you want a mix of half normal milk and half sweetened condensed milk, then it’s a ‘leche y leche’.

Espresso Romano, Italy

Espresso served with a slice of lemon. The lemon is rubbed on the rim of the cup, the idea being that the sourness of the lemon enhances flavours in the coffee.

Pharisäer, Germany

Coffee with rum and whipped cream! There are various legends about the origins of the name, but basically yum yum yum.

Frappé, Greece

Made with instant coffee, evaporated milk and ice-cold water, a frappé isn’t glam, but it is definitely delicious.

Wherever your are around the globe, the one thing we all share in common, is our love for our coffee!

Cheers & Have a beautiful day, and an Espresso Bella!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Don't Be Shy!

Six Coffee Questions You May Be Afraid To Ask at a Coffee Shop!


So you're waiting in line at your local coffee shop and you're looking at the menu, and suddenly it dawns on you- What is a light roast? Do you prefer Arabica or Robusta? Why am I not at Espresso Bella's Stouffville Showroom?
Lucky for you, we've got the answers, (and forgiveness for not coming to us first!)

What's the difference between a Light Roast and a Dark Roast?

A Light Roast:
- contains the same amount of Caffeine as a dark roast
- it has a sweet, floral flavour
- Its country of origin is more prevalent in its flavour.

A Dark Roast:
- Not necessarily stronger, but compared by its richness, complexity and how it is prepared.
- has a bittersweet flavour

*Beans are roasted for longer periods of time in a higher temperature in a dark roast.

What's the difference between Arabica beans and Robusta beans?

Arabica Beans:
- contain half the amount of Caffeine as Robusta beans
- 70% of the worlds coffee is Arabica.
- Has a sweeter, softer taste.

Robusta Beans:
- contains 2x the amount of caffeine in comparison to Arabica.
- 30% of the worlds coffee is Robusta
- has a stronger, harsher taste.

* Robusta plants are usually found in Africa and Indonesia. Arabica plants are found in Latin America and are usually more expensive.

What's the difference between Espresso and Drip Coffee?

- very hot water is used under high pressure through finely ground coffee.

Drip Coffee:
- Made by pouring boiling water over medium/course grounds.

* Espresso = fine grind, high pressure, crema
Drip = course grind, no pressure, no crema

What's the difference between Café Latte and Cappuccino?

Café Latte:
- Little foam on top of beverage
- contains more steamed milk than a cappuccino
- creamier flavour

- Lots of foam on top of beverage
- contains less milk than a café latte
- flavour is more dry.

What's the difference between a Café Latte and Café au lait?

Café Latte:
- uses Espresso

Café au Lait:
- uses drip coffee

What's the Difference between Espresso and Expresso?

- when you ask for an espresso, you are actually saying "press out" in Italian.

- when you say expresso, you will most likely be politely ignored.

Now you know!
Be sure to check our Espresso Bella for all your Espresso and Coffee needs!

In the mean time,
Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

We'll Take Care of Your Nespresso Recyclables

Nespresso Recycling Point!

Do you have a Nespresso Machine? Is there not a Nespresso Recycling Point in your area?

Espresso Bella has great news!!

We're opening our Showroom doors in Stouffville to all Nespresso Clients!

Feel free to drop off your used Nespresso Capsules in a plastic bag to our Stouffville Showroom, and let us take care of the rest!
Click here for our Showroom Hours of Operation.

Espresso Bella also carries Nespresso compatibles, along with a range of easily recyclable capsules & capsule based machines!

Whether you're a returning customer, or a new one- stop by our Showroom today, and we'll take care of all your Espresso & Coffee needs!

Visit our Website for more information!

Have a Beautiful day, and an Espresso Bella!


Saturday, August 6, 2016


Some of Our Favorite Breville Products

Happy Saturday Everyone!
Here at the Espresso Bella Stouffville Showroom, we just received a brand new shipment on Breville Espresso Machines and products! So we thought we’d focus in on some of our favourite Breville Machines and Items, and give you a little information on how they work and what they do!
Breville has been a brand that Espresso Bella has recommended time after time. They carry a great range of Espresso and Coffee products, from machines and grinders, to frothing jugs and thermometers!
If you have visited our showroom recently, you’ve probably noticed that we have the Café Roma displayed for sampling on our Espresso Bar Set up! This little machine packs a lot of punch and makes a fantastic Espresso! Bring out your inner barista with its thermoblock heating system, which extracts espresso at the perfect temperature. The Cafe Roma’s full 15 bars of pressure maximizes crema, for rich, authentic aroma and taste.
The Cafe Roma also has a frothing and foaming wand to effortlessly turn your espresso bellas into Cappuccinos and Lattes!

Next up, the Breville Café Compact! This compact machine offers temperature control through its auto purge feature and provides the appropriate pressure through its 15 bar Italian Pump, all hidden in its sleek, stainless steel design. The Café Compact also offers a dual wall filter to assist in the creation of thicker, richer crema.

The Barista Express delivers fresh, quality espresso every time with its built-in grinder.
the built in conical burr grinder allows you to grind only what you need directly into the portafilter. The dosage amount is fully adjustable in grind size and dose, so you can tweak it to preferred taste.
The Patented Razor dosing tool trims the puck for consistent extraction, while PID digital temperature control delivers accurate water temperature throughout the extraction.
With a dedicated hot water outlet, impressive steam pressure and dual and single wall filters, you'll move from novice to barista in no time at all.

Have a machine without a built in grinder? Not a problem!
Introducing the Breville Smart Grinder Pro!
This little machine automatically doses the same amount of grounds every time you grind. Breville's Conical burr Smart Grinder uses Dosing IQ technology to automatically adjust the dose whenever you change the grind of Espresso.
Choose between 'cups' for French Press of Filter, and 'shots' for Espresso to get the right dose for your coffee needs.
The Smart Grind Pro has a LCD display, 450g removable hopper, and comes with two grinding cradles for dosing directly into 50-54mm or 58mm commercial espresso filters. The air tight storage canister up top is suitable for plunger or filter coffee and keeps your grinds super fresh.

Get the perfect dose everytime with the Breville Dose Control
Balanced extraction flavours start with the right amount of grinds. Conical burrs ensure a more even grind while the adjustable Razor dosing tool helps to trim the coffee pick before each extraction for an even dose of coffee grinds every time.
Grinds directly into the porta filter using the hands-free grinding cradle and cleaning is made quick and easy with a removable grinds tray.

Not a Coffee drinker? Breville has got you covered with their Creamy Milk & Hot Chocolate Maker!
The Milk Café uses induction heating and spinning to make those small bubbles- which create a creamy consistency.
Simply choose the appropriate frothing disc- latte for a creamy result, or the cappuccino disc for more of a froth. The Milk Café can hold enough milk for up to three cups, and you can select the temperature that you would like your milk to be heated.
The Milk café will froth and turn itself off when the desired temperature is reached, and can simply be placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

These items listed are just a few of our favorites from Breville! You can always visit our website, or head on over to our showroom to take a look at all the Breville products we carry, along with the numerous brands of Espresso Machines and Accessories!

Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella.