Monday, October 26, 2009

Why is our coffee better …Part 3

So, having read my earlier posts (you did read them, right? If not, click to read Part 1 and Part 2), you know the care that we put into finding the right blend of espresso beans and roasting them to produce the most flavorful espresso. We wanted to be certain that our espresso was of the highest quality before we offered our new espresso beverages to our guests.

Having landed on what we felt was the best combination of beans, blend, and roast level, we were finally ready to test our espresso program in one of our restaurants.

Handcrafted and made to order

The newly-opened Waterfront Eat’n Park in Homestead, PA, was our testing ground and the first Eat’n Park restaurant to offer espresso beverages. Guests loved it, and our servers were just as excited. In fact, one server’s experimentation with combining espresso with our classic hand-dipped milkshakes resulted in the creation of the incredible Vanilla Latte milkshake, which then led to further expansion of our espresso offerings.

When we were ready to roll out the new beverages to our other locations, we didn’t take the task lightly. All of our servers and managers went through thorough three-day training on how to create our made-to-order espresso drinks. Our team of trainers, nicknamed the “Bean Team”, traveled to every Eat’n Park location to ensure that each and every Eat’n Park server and manager knew how to craft a delicious espresso beverage, be it a latte, cappuccino, or espresso shot.

As you may have guessed, we take a lot of pride in the quality of our espresso drinks. We offer guests their choice of 1%, skim, or soy milk, with every drink made to order from freshly roasted beans. Our espresso rivals any you’d find in a specialty coffeehouse, at a better value!

If you haven't tried it yet...

For the uninitiated, the best way (at least in my opinion) to try an espresso without having a straight shot (which for some people is overwhelming) is to try an “Americano”. An Americano is a shot of espresso combined with a cup of hot water. When the weather is warm, I really love an iced Americano. Cool and refreshing, and WAY better than any iced coffee you can get anywhere.

But don’t let my personal taste be too much of an influence. We have a great selection of espresso drinks to suit almost any taste – just click here to see our online espresso menu. Whether you like yours hot, iced, or mixed into a milkshake, you’ll find something you’ll love at Eat’n Park. It’s just another reason that we’re the Place for Smiles!

Brooks

P.S. Try our new Egg Nog Chai Tea, on the house. I know you're going to love it! Click here to print your coupon, good through 12/24/2009. Happy Holidays!
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