This weekend marked the completion of caffe d’bolla’s tenth year in business. It’s been an amazing journey so far for Yiching and me, and this year, as many of you know, we added a new addition to the family. Alex will be turning 9 months in just a few days and before too long he will be pulling shots for you as well.
It was in late 2001 that we first came up with the idea of opening our own coffee and tea shop. Nearly three years of planning, preparation, and negotiation before we foud the right space, and knew what to do with it by the time 2004 rolled around. It’s always been a little insanity and a lot of drive and focus to create something exceptional that has been behind every cup that we make. But we would not be where we are today without the support of our wonderful customers.
Although many of our customers are surprised, or simply unaware that it’s only been Yiching and me doing everything at caffe d’bolla for the past ten years, we have found in each other the perfect relationship that takes the best of each other’s abilities and allows us to share our passion with all of you. And as we are a family run business with Yiching, me, and now Alex, we often have a closer connection to our customers, many who have become good friends over the years. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to us to take our time to do what is necessary to give you the best espresso, coffee, and tea drinks possible. This is why we only source seasonal, Specialty Grade regional and single-farm coffees and roast everything in small batches on site. We change our espresso nearly every week so I can learn something new with each espresso I have crafted. Midnight roasting sessions, and literally thousands of hours of work tasting, testing, and brewing are the best I can offer in hopes that you will smile when you taste your coffee or espresso.
We also take all of our tea drinks seriously as well. Yiching has gone to great lengths to source all of our tea products, and caffe d’bolla imports over a ton of fine teas, bubble teas, and other supplies direct from Taiwan, Japan, and China just so you can have something special to satisfy whatever your mood is that day.
So to those of you who have supported our vision, and those who continue to support us daily, we extend a huge “Thank You!” to every one of you. And a special thank you goes out to those of you who have made a special journey for the sole purpose of wandering into our coffee shop in hopes that the kind words that others have said were true. It has been an honor to roast and make drinks for all of you.
It’s been a great first ten years, and we all look forward to making you something special every time you walk through our doors for the next ten years as well.
John, Yiching, and Alex