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)
  • they are less expensive than your traditional espresso machine
  • capsules come in a variety of flavours and roasts
  • 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.

       Advantages to buying beans for your espresso machine:

  • choosing the texture of your grinded beans (coarse, fine)
  • 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

  As for grounds, some benefits include: 

  • can use any brand of espresso grounds you want (unlike capsules)
  • 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  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)

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Perfect Drink

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!

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Our Team Is Growing!

New Additions To Our Team

       Hey everyone, it's Vanessa! Last Wednesday November 22, 2017 I got to meet one new addition to the Espresso Bella Team, Erick! However, Erick isn't our only add on to the team. Melissa also joined! You can see her in our recent video and newest episode of "Coffee on the Couch". 

       I still haven't had a chance to personally meet Melissa yet, but after watching her YouTube video with Cassandra, her personality fits perfectly with the rest of our crew!

       As for Erick, after just five minutes of working with him, I could already tell he'd fit right into this Espresso family. He's very tech savvy, so expect to see some more amazing videos! Although I only work with Erick for one hour every Wednesday, we got to record a new video and it will be posted very soon! Subscribe to our channel @ Espresso Bella Inc to be notified when we post!

       I'm looking forward to working with all the new members of our team and I can't wait to see what we come up with together! Our team is growing so much and it's only going to result in bigger and better things!

      To stay up to date with all the new things happening at Espresso Bella, be sure to follow our social media accounts:

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Why Us?: Beverage Branding and Stencils

Beverage Branding

       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 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! 

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Holidays

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( 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!

Also visit our other social media for more catering posts: 

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ferrari Event

Ferrari's Appreciation Event

       We, Espresso Bella, take pride in our impeccable service, professional baristas, and exquisite coffee. We strive to be the best of the best, and because of this, hold a great appreciation for businesses that carry the same values as we do.

       On Sunday October 22, 2017 Espresso Bella had the great opportunity of attending an appreciation event held by Ferrari. We not only got to provide our services for such amazing people at such an amazing event; but we also go to admire all the sports cars while doing so, an added bonus! 

The experience was unbelievable, the cars were unbelievable, and our coffee, as always, was unbelievably delicious!

Thank you to Ferrari for allowing us the opportunity to attend and serve at your event. We really appreciate you and we hope to work with you again in the future!

To see more pictures from the event, and other events we have done, visit our social media accounts listed below:

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Requesting A Quote

Requesting A Quote


       Hey, it's Vanessa and I have some exciting news to share! Today on our YouTube Channel (@ Espresso Bella Coffee Bar Catering Toronto) a video was uploaded on how to request a quote online through our website. Visit our YouTube channel to see how to do this step-by-step and continue reading for some more important information when requesting a quote. 

       Requesting a quote online is one of the more common ways to request a quote; however, calling in and going through the process on the phone is always possible. Our catering directors are always available to walk you through it and answer any other questions you might have. 

       Before you decide to call or go through our website (, here is some basic information you must be ready to answer: the number of approximate guests that will attend your event. This is important because it gives us an idea of how much product to bring, as well, the number of guests helps to form the price. The start and end time of your event is also a key component. This lets us know how long we will be serving for. Lastly, the location in which your event will be held at is also a need to know because it informs us on how far we will need to travel to get to the event. Be sure to put the full address of your event, including city and postal code. 


       If you decide to fill out a request form online and you still have outstanding questions, please always feel free to give us a call! We are always happy to help! 

       With all that being said, if you are having a event and are looking for an added touch to make your event stand out from the rest, be sure to check out our social media accounts listed below to see some previous events that we have done. As well visit our website to request a quote or call in at 416-252-7876.

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