Oh Mama Bella!

The Mama Bella Espresso Machine is a very powerful and incredible Machine! This machine comes straight from Italy 🇮🇹 and uses only the finest Espresso Capsules sold directly by Espresso Bella Inc. and guess what? It could be yours… because we are giving away this beautiful machine to one very lucky restaurant in Toronto/GTA.

We think this machine would fit perfectly in a Restaurant because it can serve multiple people at once, you’ll now be able to add cappuccino’s and latte’s to your menu as the machine has a built in frothing wand! It’s sleek & compact design will be a great addition to any bar and maintaining the machine is a walk in the park!

Here are some more fantastic features this machine has to offer:

  • Exclusive infusion system
  • Hot water through the coffee nozzle without any capsule installed
  • Two coffee groups with automatic capsules or pods ejection
  • Tank water finished with warning light
  • Electronic thermostat
  • Programmable coffee doses
  • It is Energy saving
  • Has a Hot water dispenser nozzle
  • Energy saving switches
  • Steel housing
  • Stainless steel boiler : 18/10 4 litres
  • Coffee heat exchanger 800 W + 800 W
  • Steam boiler power 1250 W
  • Adjustable operating pressure 2 bars
  • ULKA EP4 pumps 20 bars
  • Boiler tank hold up to 3 litres
  • Water tank for coffee holds up to 3 litres

…wonderful features don’t you think? Why not join our MASSIVE Giveaway on our Instagram page @espressobellainc and enter for your chance to win a Minebella Espresso Machine for yourself!

Rules:

1️⃣ Make sure you are following our page! (Only followers nominations will be considered.)

2️⃣ Tag a restaurant that you believe deserves this brand new Mamabella Espresso Machine. (ONE restaurant per comment)

3️⃣ Nominate your restaurant(s) of choice as many times as you’d like! 

BUT WAIT, THERES MORE!!! 😱

4️⃣ The TOP 5 nominators will win their very own MinEBella Espresso machine!  

✨THATS A TOTAL OF SIX MACHINE GIVEAWAYS! ✨

We’ll pinch you, because you’re not dreaming! 

Contest ends March 15th 2019🗓 Winners will be privately contacted with further instructions! 

Let’s show all our support to all these amazing small businesses that are making a mark in 2019 & beyond! 

GOODLUCK TO ALL OUR CONTESTANTS 🍀

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Little Known Coffee Facts

1. The World’s most expensive coffee is digested by cats.

Yes, you read that correctly. It is called “Kopi Luwak” and real people pay real money for this delicacy. About $600 per pound to be exact. It comes from beans that have been partially digested and passed by wild cats know as Sumatran Civets. I feel sorry for the guy that has to collect the fresh product.

2. Coffee stays warm longer when you add cream.

It seems to defy all known laws of science, but adding cream to your coffee actually keeps it warm for 20% longer than keeping it black.

3. Eighty-two cups in seven hours.

That’s the world record for coffee-drinking, achieved by someone who likely had to be peeled off the ceiling afterward.

4. Coffee in history.

Famous authors Voltaire and Honoré de Balzac allegedly drank up to fifty cups of coffee daily. Composer Ludwig von Beethoven was also an alleged coffee fanatic who would hand-count exactly 60 coffee beans before making each cup. US President Teddy Roosevelt allegedly drank a gallon of coffee daily.

5. Scientists are developing cars that can run on coffee grounds.

Don’t know what to do with your left over coffee grinds? In 2010, British scientists devised a car that ran entirely on used coffee grounds. It was known as “car-puccino” (punny Brits) and successfully made the 250-mile trek between Manchester and London using the equivalent of enough coffee to make 11 000 espressos!

6. Not providing your wife with enough coffee was “grounds” for divorce in Turkey.

In the late 15th century in Turkey, one of the only legal grounds for a woman to divorce her husband was if he did not keep her coffee pot full at all times. Seems pretty fair to me.

7. The oldest cat who ever lived drank coffee every day.

“Creme Puff,” listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “oldest cat ever” for living 38 years, was served coffee every morning by her owner—along with bacon and eggs.

Which little known coffee fact did you think was the most bizarre?

Did you know that Honey Bees are Coffee Addicts?

Coffee beans come from Coffee trees and those coffee trees produce cherries that contain seeds. Those seeds are the ones that you grind up for your everyday coffee.

Do you know why coffee trees have caffeine? Here let me explain: It’s actually the tree’s defense mechanism. Coffee leaves are poisonous to garden slugs and they act as a natural pesticide.

To humans, we actually love that poison.. it brings us COFFEE! To us it isn’t the least bit poisonous, unless you drink about 100 cups in 1 go. This brings me to the honeybees, as they absolutely love caffeine as much as we do!

Honeybees stick their tongues into the flower and collects the nectar which contains a slight dose of caffeine in it. They also get caffeinated for the same reasons as we do:

1. Memorization

Honeybees will travel hundreds of miles just to get their nectar, and the caffeine in the nectar will often manipulate the honeybees long term memory (in a good way). A recent study has shown that the caffeine in nectar makes certain flowers more memorable – thus meaning the honeybee is more likely to return to the same kind of flower (the caffeinated ones) as they enjoy stimulant.

2. Productivity

Seeing as the caffeinated Bees remember which flowers give them the most kick, it then makes the more productive as they wont waste their time pollinating the wrong flowers.

3. Habit

Honeybees are definitely intelligent as they remember the effects of caffeine, to which they prefer coffee trees when collecting their nectar. Who else can sympathize with a HoneyBee? … Coffee>Everything else 😀

That being said, next time you’re feeling “buzzed” from drinking coffee, just know that Honeybees are right there with you 😉

Common mistakes when brewing Coffee at Home

  • When you store your coffee beans in the fridge or freezer, it doesn’t help keep them fresh. This is due to the fact that coffee beans are quite porous in them which will absorb all the different smells of the fridge. A dark air-tight container is the best way to store your coffee beans, in a room temperature room.
  • Buying pre-ground coffee beans: Yes, it is easier to buy your coffee pre-ground, but as soon as the coffee is ground it immediately loses freshness. In order to keep your coffee fresh, it is best to grind your coffee beans just before brewing!
  • When you use boiling water to brew your coffee, the bitterness and acidity are being extracted from the beans. Ideally, you want to brew your coffee at around 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 93 celsius.
  • There are different types of grind for certain coffees. The fine grinds are for Aeropress or Espresso, medium grinds are for drip makers and coarse grinds are for a French Press.

Happy Brewing Everyone!

National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!

Calling all nut lovers!
Its officially March 1st! You know what that means – Yes, February is (finally) over. Yes, we are one step closer to Spring! Yes, its National Employee Appreciation day (love my team). BUT, most importantly, its National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!

I don’t know about you- but we love peanut butter around here.
And what is better than Peanut Butter, you may ask? Peanut Butter & Chocolate. Find me a better duo, I’ll wait….

In celebration of this glorious day, we decided to take our love for Peanut Butter (and chocolate) one step further by adding them both to our ultimate favourite -COFFEE.

Ladies and Gents- we present to you a Chocolate Peanut Butter Latte! YUM. Check out how to make this delicious bev below & click the link to watch our Video on Instagram!

You Will Need:
Fun Glass- something with a wide rim works best
Peanut Butter
Chocolate Syrup
Espresso
Frothed Milk – any milk alternative will work.

Instructions:

1. Rim your glass with peanut butter- we melted the peanut butter so it was easier to dip our glass into.

2. Drizzle chocolate syrup into your glass. (you can never have too much chocolate, don’t be shy.)

3. Add a shot of espresso – freshly brewed.

4. Mix the espresso and chocolate together.

5. Add your frothed milk.

6. Enjoy!

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Kaldi and the Dancing Goats

There are many speculations of where coffee originated from, but one story in particular seems to stand the test of time.

Legend says it was in Ethiopia, somewhere in the 9th century, where a goat herder named Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. Kaldi’s goats uncovered the berries growing from a certain tree and after consuming them, he noticed that they did not want to sleep and instead took to dancing the night away.

Kaldi initially thought he was going crazy, but after trying the berries himself, he immediately started dancing with the goats!

After reporting this to the abbot of the local monastary, the berries were transformed into a drink that caused the abbot to remain alert during the long hours of evening prayer. That abbot shared the discovery with the other monks at the monastary, and the knowledge of the berries spread.

As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian Peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these berries across the globe, and the rest is history.

Coffee bean, coffee cherries or coffee berries on coffee tree

5 Lies about Coffee!

1. Coffee Insomnia

No, No, No.. Coffee actually goes away faster than you think. It takes about 4-6 hours for the caffeine to leave your system, so you can’t use the excuse about not being able to sleep because of coffee anymore! (That is – unless you drink a cup minutes before you sleep.. then we have a problem)

2. Coffee Stresses you out

WRONG! Coffee actually makes you happier 🙂 A recent study shows that people who drink about 4 cups of coffee a day are less likely to be depressed. That being said.. if you’re having a bad day, drink a cup of coffee – it’ll cheer you up! The study also showed that people who drink 2-4 cups of coffee a day, are less likely to be suicidal

3. Coffee causes diseases

Coffee actually has quite a few benefits:

  • It helps with long term memory
  • Lowers your risk of Parkinson’s
  • Lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Reduces risk of developing many types of cancer

4. Coffee sobers you up

Now I know many of you will be sad to hear, but coffee doesn’t actually sober you up and won’t fix your hangover. But on the bright side, coffee does help with recovering your damaged liver from alcohol: 4 cups a day drops the risk of liver cirrhosis by 65%.. meaning the more the better!

5. Being addicted to Coffee

Nope – impossible! Caffeine withdrawal will make you sleepy or give you a headache, but we already knew that. Though, coffee doesn’t threaten your physical or social health as addictive drugs do. On the reverse side, coffee is addicted to you!! So keep drinking coffee and all will be good a prosper 🙂 Happy coffee drinking!

10 Surprising Coffee Facts to Perk Up your Afternoon

  1. Legend has it, coffee originated in Ethiopia around 800 B.C., when a shepherd named Kaldi noticed his flock dancing joyously after consuming the leaves and berries of a coffee bush. Kaldi allegedly decided to eat the berries to see if they would cause the same behavior in him and, of course, they did. The rest is history.
  2. Espresso means “pressed out” in Italian.
  3. You can eat coffee cherries as a seed.
  4. You can overdose on coffee. (Don’t worry, you’d need to consume multiple cups in a very short period of time.)
  5. One cup of black coffee has only 1 calorie.
  6. The largest cup of coffee ever filled a 9 ft tall cup.
  7. Coffee drinkers tend to live longer.
  8. Starbucks opens an average of two stores per day.
  9. The word “coffee” comes from the Arabic word for “wine”.
  10. The grounds can beautify your skin.

How many of these did you already know?

Could Coffee go Extinct?

The beans that made your morning cup of coffee are probably one of the two most common species: Arabica or Robusta. Those are the most commercially used, however they are only two out of the hundreds of inter-related species of the coffee plant in the world.

There are approximately 124 types of wild coffee in the world, 60% of those are now classified according to the IUCN Red List standards as being under the threat of extinction due to deforestation, climate change, and the spread and severity of fungal pathogens and pests. Scientists have discovered that it is more difficult and more expensive to keep coffee seeds alive in storage banks compared to other plants, which is why focusing on saving coffee’s natural environment is key. Some of the coffee species assessed have not been seen in the wild for more than 100 years, and it is possible that some may already be extinct. Researchers estimate that, based on climate change alone, the natural population of Arabica is estimated to be reduced by 50% or more by 2088.


Yayu, southwest Ethiopia. Coffee nursery with forest coffee production (background).

Countries like Ethiopia have launched the Yayu Forest Coffee Project, encouraging farmers to plant coffee inside forests, creating a cash crop while protecting precious woodlands.

Coffee is something many of us (including yours truly) can’t live without. By better understanding – and being proactive – about the wild species, we may just find ways to brew up a brighter future for the coffee beans we love.