Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Why Choose Espresso Bar Catering?

Do you like coffee? Well you’ll love this…

    Do you have an event to plan? Whether it be a small office meeting or social gathering, to a large Trade Show, Wedding or Bridal Shower,Espresso Bar Catering service can take it to the next level. This involves a barista coming to the venue and setting up an espresso machine, and skillfully creating fresh to order caffeinated beverages for your guests. Not sold yet? No problem! Here are a few more reasons why we know you’ll want to incorporate espresso bar catering at your next event:
  1. Coffee quality - ditch the standard drip coffee and opt for the premium fresh roast
  2. Customizability - add a personal touch to the bar with a signature beverage or beverage branding
  3. Add personality and atmosphere with a classy setup and customizable additions
  4. It’s the ‘Pick me up’ your guests need at an early morning event or something to keep them partying all night long. *Don’t fret if your guests aren’t coffee addicts like you are, they can indulge in a selection of teas (with the option of tea lattes, YUM) or hot cocoa!

Some venues may offer the standard drip coffee, but that won’t satisfy the latte lovers and the espresso enthusiasts. Toronto’s espresso bar catering company has premium blend espresso that will far exceed those available in the typical venue package. These baristas are trained to make the perfect espresso and know just the right ratio of espresso to beautifully frothed milk for your cappuccino. Espresso Bar catering company Espresso Bella’s coffee is a blend of medium roast arabica and robusta beans from Columbia, Brazil and Vietnam. Their beans are roasted and ground fresh for the day of your event.

    Espresso bar catering also offer a variety of customization options. The baristas have access to many different syrups - from cookie dough to raspberry and everything in between - meaning you can create a custom drink (with a name of your choice) to serve to your guests at your event. There is also an option for beverage branding, similar to the concept of having a photo printed on a cake, only on a freshly made drink. It is a thin layer of sugar which can be placed on any dairy based* beverage. This feature is great for corporate events and weddings! You won’t see that with the standard drip coffee, or even Starbucks. ;) Espresso Bella has kindly provided photos of their past clients’ beverage branding to give you an idea of what you can do with this customizable detail.

As you can see, between their beautiful setup, to their picture perfect beverages, their services truly add that extra umph to any event you host. #HostWithTheMost

    The table setup of the Espresso catering services are sleek and clean, Espresso Bella’s branding is black and white, so whether your wedding or company colours are vibrant or toned down, the setup will always flow with the look and feel of your event. BUT - if you have a table cloth or decor you wish to add to their setup, that is never an issue. They can accommodate just  about any request you have. After being in business for 14 years, they want nothing more for the customer to be pleased.

A rep from Espresso Bella spoke of the joy from event goers as soon as they walk in the room. “As soon as guests walk into the room they smell the coffee and rush over. The machine is a welcoming place and invites conversation! I think it’s a familiar feeling and brings people together”. When booking an Espresso/Coffee caterer, you are guaranteed a barista who is professional, personable and knowledgeable. Prior to an event, clients may be concerned about their guests having to line up, and I thought the same thing until attending an event with an espresso caterer. After asking Espresso Bella what their secret is to run smoothly and efficiently, they say they are always prepared for the number of guests, sending the appropriate number of baristas to accommodate any quantity! Not only this, but isn’t it mesmerizing to watch a barista in action?

Now, let’s talk event times. If you’re planning a morning event, you need coffee readily available, because let’s face it… people aren’t themselves until they get their coffee. Something about a freshly brewed cup of joe makes everything better. Your guests/employees will really love the cup of caffeine and immediately be more enthusiastic (especially if you’re planning a work event). Even if your event is in the evening, who doesn’t love a post-dinner coffee? This will ensure your guests are energized and ready to take on the night (I’m speaking to the brides and grooms here - get your guests ready for the dance floor!)

    Whether you are planning an indoor or outdoor, morning or evening event, an espresso bar catering service is always well received by guests.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Here Comes The Bride!

Espresso Bella Inc., Toronto's Coffee Catering company, is happy to provide our Coffee Catering Services all over Ontario for any Event!
Our 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. 


      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. 


                                           POORLY FROTHED                                                                                                                                                   PROPERLY FROTHED
                                                      MILK                                                                                                                                                                               MILK

       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!

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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
in 2010 using just her million dollar smile to sell the espresso.


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

Happy Holidays from Espresso Bella!

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)
  • 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 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)

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