This October we will be offering a Halloween inspired specialty menu as an available upgrade to any event. These Gourmet recipes have been designed by our hardworking baristas in an attempt to constantly bring you the best beverages we can. We have been raising the bar on coffee and espresso quality for nearly 20 years and have no plans on stopping anytime soon.
This Summer hundreds of brides to be visited The Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge to begin crafting their dream wedding. Of course, we were on hand serving our signature gourmet beverages. Dozens of vendors were in attendance including top caterers, photographers, make up artists, wedding planners and musicians all specializing in the wedding field. We have had a great working relationship with the The Olde Mill Inn for a number of years. The venue is gorgeous and the outdoor landscape is top notch. Thank you to all of those who made this event possible.
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Boston Smoothie Bar
Smoothies? How about 3000 of them? Cupa Cabana served attendees at the Cable Television trade show in Boston as part of the Veria Living Show “Relaxation Lounge”. The flavors and names were developed to mirror their programming and healthy lifestyle brand. They included: Yogi Cameron’s Kickstarter, an energizing blend of pineapple, mango, banana and coconut water; Rock Your Yogurt, a cool antioxidant smoothie with mixed berries and strawberry yogurt; and The Good Food America, Red, White and Blueberry which consisted of strawberries, vanilla yogurt and blueberries.
The Smoothie trend has steadily gained popularity over the past decade, becoming a staple in the healthy diet of many. Our custom smoothie bar allows our clients to put together a menu to compliment any occasion. At Cupa Cabana, we pride ourselves on our fresh ingredients and even fresher approach to making your guests happy.
Hey folks! We thought it would be fun to include you in our new venture- The Cupa Cabana Bus. We’ve been working on this project all Summer and look forward to it’s completion in the Fall. Here’s the deal- if you submit the winning design we will pull up at your party and serve up to 100 guests out our state of the art, fully equipped, newly decorated bus. Our mobile cafe will serve gourmet favorites including Lattes, Cappuccinos, and Espresso. We are looking for a simple yet elegant design that includes our logo and logo theme colors. The bus closely resembles the above picture, feel free to use it as a template. If you would prefer the template emailed to you contact Operations@CupaCabana.com . We will be accepting submissions through September 7th, 2012. Please Email them to Operations@CupaCabana.com, Good Luck!! Open to applicants no more than 60 miles from Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Good Bye Coffee Service
Cupa Cabana has been busy this Winter! We’ve been traveling New Jersey and New York and bringing our Mobile Espresso Bar to a number of Bridal Expo’s. We served over 1,000 free Espressos, Lattes, Cappuccinos and other specialty beverages at these half dozen or so Bridal Shows. Whether we were at the The Berkeley or The Grand Summit Hotel, soon to be brides all asked the same question- Do you have a “Goodbye Coffee Service”????? (sometimes also referred to as “Exit Coffee” or “Farewell Coffee)
The answer was always yes, but now we have upped our game. Not only will our trained barista staff be there to serve throughout the dessert portion of your reception, they will also have to-go cups for guests who wish to take a gourmet beverage for the road. Want to design your own cups? What about a package of organic cookies with that latte? Ceramic mugs? Gift Boxes for the mug?
We can do it all. That’s why we are happy to inform all the brides out there…YES, we do GOODBYE COFFEE! Share your vision with us today so we can make it a reality.
Easy Tips for Better Coffee at Home
Ever wonder why the coffee you buy at the Cafe tastes better then your coffee at home? Why does the coffee sitting on the burner at your local gas station tastes so acidic and bitter? There are dozens of factors that determine the taste of the coffee. However, there are a few easy steps you can take at home to ensure the best brewing results. Proper storage and brewing methods are the key to a consistently great cup of coffee.
First let’s discuss storage.
It is crucial to store your coffee away from light, moisture, and heat. Your best bet is a airtight glass or ceramic jar, kept away from ovens and other heat sources and stored in a dark place out of direct sunlight. Ensure that you are only purchasing coffee in a 1-2 week supply. Coffee begins to lose its freshness a few short hours after roasting and much faster once ground. Remember that sunlight, heat, and moisture are the enemy.
The most common brewing gaffes are easy to prevent. Clean your coffee machine regularly by running a batch of warm water and vinegar through the machine. This will prevent the build up of oily residue inside your machine. Ensure you are using the correct coffee/water ratio. A general rule of thumb is 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water. Make sure you are using good tasting water. Bad tasting water makes bad tasting coffee. Try a Brita Machine or bottled water if you don’t like the taste of your tap water. It is important that the water you are using to brew coffee is around 195-205°F. The easiest way to accomplish this is to run the water through your coffee machine once before adding the grinds. When the water has fully ran through the machine, put the hot water back into the top and begin brewing the coffee. A typical counter top model takes about 5 minutes to fully brew a pot of coffee. This is important to monitor, as it can alter the taste of your finished product. After brewing, try to enjoy your finished product within 20 minutes.
There are many other ways of improving your coffee experience. Several more advanced methods can become very expensive, and time consuming. The majority of these tips and best practices are extremely affordable and only take a few extra minutes on to your coffee brewing routine. Interested in what else you can do to learn more about coffee and the art of brewing? I recommend trying this:
- Learn about the different blends of coffee and find one that suits you the best
- Visit your local coffee roaster to ensure you are using the freshest possible coffee
- Invest in a Grinder and grind fresh
- Roast your own beans
Most of this information can be found on the National Coffee Association USA. To read further please visit www.ncausa.org
On Saturday January 1st, the inauguration of new Yonkers Mayor, Mike Spano took place at City Hall. Cupa Cabana was honored to be in attendance serving our specialty beverages to hundreds of Mayor Spano’s supporters and well wishers. Mayor Spano was as exited to become Yonker’s 42nd Mayor as his supporters were to see him sworn in. After the ceremony Spano posed with Cupa Cabana’s Owner/Operator Marianne Cordillo for a picture opportunity. (above) The mayor’s staff was amazed at the quick set up, professional appearance as well as demeanor, and the quality of beverages from Cupa Cabana’s Espresso Bar. This further proves the versatility and mobility of our business model. Cupa Cabana can literally set up an Espresso bar anywhere!
Last week Cupa Cabana had the opportunity to be a part of one of this Holiday Seasons most innovative and interesting events. H&M’s Pop Up Store, located at 72 Gansvoort St in New York, was open from Tuesday, December 13 until Sunday, December 19. The interior of the store emulated sets from the new movie, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Guests of the store could purchase clothing from the new Trish Summerville Collection, which is also influenced by the styles featured in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Cupa Cabana was honored to serve guests cappucinos, espressos, and lattes in the venue’s cafe area, where most were happy to hang out and warm up from the December chill.
Cupa Cabana strives to provide the best customer experience in the mobile coffee catering service industry. We appreciate your emails, cards and phone calls about our job well-done.
Here’s what some of our coffee catering clients say about us…
“Cupa Cabana brings a whole new flavor to the coffee world for us! Their services are offered to many of our clientele from corporate to social, weddings and alike. We are delighted with all they provide; Signature blended coffees served with professionalism and charm; a true pleasure.” – Ann C.
“I can’t thank you enough for helping make our event a special evening. You certainly are the best around. There’s something for everyone! I don’t normally drink coffee, but, I do when it’s as special as this one!” – Rev. John
“A wonderful job! Quick setup, aesthetics, promptness, service and delicious coffee drinks. All complimented by the friendly service that helped generate a lot of traffic to our booth at the trade show and a “buzz”! I highly recommend Cupa Cabana for any event. Marianne is a true professional.” – Lori B.
“I employ Cupa Cabana for weddings and other social functions, and they do a tremendous job customizing their service to meet my needs. I highly recommend Cupa Cabana for any event!”
Everyone loves a great tasting, healthy smoothie!!!
Make your next trade show or event a smash, with a fresh smoothies from Cupa Cabana.
Smoothies from Cupa Cabana, are not only super refreshing but good for you. Face it, some days you want something sweet, but aren’t in the mood for pastries or chocolate — enter the smoothie.
Let Cupa Cabana make your next event a hit with our mobile coffee and dessert catering services.