Saturday, January 27, 2018
Espresso Bella Inc., Toronto's Coffee Catering company, is happy to provide our Coffee Catering Services all over Ontario for any Event!Mobile Coffee Catering Services can be completely customized to efficiently service any event brought to us - whether it be large, small, indoors, or outdoors. We are proud to be of service and strive to provide a quality, authentic coffee experience for all of our guests regardless of where we are set up. From Movie and TV show production sets, to the classiest Weddings and Bridal functions, to the top Cooperate and National Trade Shows. Our team provides that touch of class and quality service that goes beyond any of our clients expectations. Speaking of Trade Shows, our team was recently featured at the Spring National Bridal Show this past weekend for our Espresso Bar Catering services! It was such an honor to meet all the new Brides and Grooms to-be and give them a little introduction to our service.
We especially love having the opportunity to be a part of the wedding industry for the outstanding appreciation and balance between quality product and outstanding entertainment. It is a spectrum that we believe to balance quite well on. We pride ourselves on ‘making every cup a beautiful one’ - From our fresh, authentic espresso beans, roasted in-house and specifically for your event, to our professional, and vibrant Baristas, who create each and every beverage as a work of art, our services never fail to deliver! From the Engagement party, to the Bridal Shower, up until the big day, our Catering Directors are happy to bring our clients' visions to life, and represent the individuality of the couple while doing so! Our espresso bar catering services include a variety of customization options available to our clients - From signature coffee 'His & Hers' beverages, to custom menu’s, to our very popular Beverage Branding - our clients have the opportunity to make their Espresso Bar truly theirs, leaving their guests in aw, and reassuring the satisfaction of booking with Espresso Bella Inc.
The theme and celebration of love is so evident on our clients big day, and our team does their very best to keep this theme unison throughout the entire process. We focus on delivering quality service every step of the way and develop relationships with our clients that play a huge role in making their special event that much more memorable and allow them to trust in our services for their future special occasions.
For more information about our service or to receive a quote for your upcoming event, please visit our website: www.EspressoBella.ca
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Tips And Tricks To Perfectly Frothed Milk
When it comes to frothing milk, it takes lots of practice to get it just right, every time. It is extremely easy to make mistakes while frothing milk; however, they can all be easily fixed.
Not purging the steam wand before AND after use is severely important. You must purge the steam wand before you froth your milk because water from previous cleanings could be sitting in the wand, resulting in watery milk when you go to foam. Purging after is also very important because milk from the previous frothing may be stuck inside the wand, harden, and cause blockage. Wiping the steam wand with a damp cloth after use is also crucial to get rid of any dried up milk on the exterior part of the wand.
DIRTY STEAM WAND WITH DRIED UP MILK
Putting the steam wand in too deep, or not deep enough, also affects how well the milk is frothed. If you hear a loud screeching noise, it is because your wand is in too deep. To fix this, just lower the jug a slight bit. However, not too much because you don't want to see bubbles. Bubbles indicate that the wand is not in deep enough! The sound you want to aim for is a low hissing sound, that's how you know you've got it!
You also want to see your milk turning like it's a whirlpool! That's a key sign to beautifully frothed milk.
To know when to stop frothing is all determined by the temperature of the frothing jug. You do not want your jug to be so hot that you are unable to even touch it. Although, you also don't want the jug to be just warm; somewhere in the middle is perfect. To monitor the temperature of the jug as you froth, place your free hand on the jug and the other one on the handle of the jug. The hand on the handle is used to control where the wand is to the jug; how deep or shallow the wand is in the milk.
Once the frothing is finished, you want to get the milk into your drink right away. Give it a good twirl in the jug and then quickly pour the milk.
The difference between poorly frothed milk, and perfectly frothed milk is how it looks after it is frothed. Milk that isn't frothed properly consists of a large milk base with a layer of bubbles at the top. Whereas well frothed milk has a consistent foam texture.
Now that you know some tips on how to enhance your milk frothing skills; be sure to check out our step by step demonstration on what it looks like to poorly and properly froth milk! Also, don't forget to follow all our social media accounts listed below!
Saturday, January 13, 2018
The LavAzza Espresso Point
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)