13
Jan

Hot Drinks For People Who Don’t Hibernate

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It can be challenging to find something to bring us joy during winter. Just getting dressed to go outside involves a pep talk, strategic layering and much clenching of teeth.

 

This time of year, all we really want is to curl up under a blanket in front of a fireplace with a hot drink and a good friend. Call us when spring blooms!

 

For those who don’t have the luxury of hibernating, we want to share a few good reasons to warm up at your neighbourhood aroma espresso bar:

 

Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric

Naturally sweetened with lemon, honey and a pinch of cinnamon, this elixir will warm you up from the inside when served hot. The combination of ginger and turmeric packs a powerful and healthy punch. Full of antioxidants, it promotes digestion and pain relief, and is considered to be anti-inflammatory and effective treatment for common colds and flus.

 

Hot Apple Cider

A throwback to a classic cold-weather drink! Our cider is made from locally-grown Ontario apples and served with a dried apple and cinnamon stick for stirring. Great for all ages and an unsung hero of our hot drinks selection.

 

Hot Chocolate

You won’t find any chocolate syrup, chocolate powder or chocolate mix in our classic Hot Chocolate. Instead we only use real chunks of premium milk or white chocolate melted under steamed milk. Be sure to stir for a rich, chocolatey flavour, or be like those-in-the-know and let it sit for a creamy, gooey melted chocolate delight at the bottom of your cup.

 

Chicken Broth

Cold? Flu? Fight back with a cup of steaming hot chicken broth, served with fresh chives. Warm up your soul sipping on this savoury soup – or is it a drink? Should you sip it, or slurp it? A few things to think about while you wipe your mouth and hide the cup from your grandmother.

 

Affogato

The ultimate hot weather-cold weather drink! A scoop of vanilla ice cream drowning in a hot shot of freshly pulled espresso is sure to satisfy your friends who are sweating in their scarves and those who love to chill (literally).

 

TL;DR Hot Drinks For People Who Don’t Hibernate:

  • Loads of interesting hot drinks at your neighbourhood aroma espresso bar you won’t find elsewhere.
  • Our Hot Chocolate is made with real chocolate – no syrups or powders here!
  • Caught a cold? Feeling flu-ish? Try our Chicken Broth, served to go with fresh chives.

 

Leave a comment below letting us know your favourite hot drinks, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.

 

14
Dec

Holiday Countdown Contest: Win a $150 Gift Card

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‘Tis the season and your friends at aroma espresso bar are in a giving mood. Time is running out on our Holiday Countdown contest and we want you to be part of it!

 

We think the best part of the holidays is feasting with friends and family. And there are so many great reasons to love this time of year as we all relive fond memories while we create new ones.

 

We want to hear your favourite holiday moments! Share them with us on Twitter or Instagram and tag it #aromaHCD16. Just for sharing, you’ll be entered to win a $150 aroma gift card in our Holiday Countdown contest!

 

The winner will be announced on December 25 on our social media channels so stay tuned!

 

For rules and regulations, click here.

13
Dec

Support Your Local Food Bank @ aroma espresso bar

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We were up bright and early on Friday December 2, brewing up a storm to help support CBC’s Sounds of the Season charity drive at their Toronto headquarters.

 

Thousands of listeners from across Ontario came out to enjoy live broadcasts of their favourite CBC programs, musical performances, special guests, and of course complimentary coffee and chocolates from aroma!

 

This is the first year aroma espresso bar is involved with Sounds of the Season and we are proud to be taking part in more ways than one. The annual campaign supports local food banks around the Greater Toronto Area, helping deliver food to individuals and families in need and we are counting on our generous customers to share the holiday spirit and give what you can.

 

Until December 31, you can find donation bins at the cafés listed below. Please drop by with a non-perishable food item and help us ensure everyone has a happy holiday season.

 

 

TL;DR support your local food banks @ aroma

  • Bring a non-perishable food item to any of our locations listed above.
  • Drop it in a big box.
  • You’ve just helped make someone’s holiday a little brighter.  😀

 

Leave a comment below letting us know what you think and find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

 

22
Oct

Nourishing Young Minds [Guest Post]

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We are happy to share this wonderful blog post from our good friend Libby Roach. A writer and photographer from Toronto, and mom to a couple of great kids, Libby has been published in BlogTO, View The Vibe, Post City Magazines, and many other local publications. She recently posted a blog on her website about our Aroma Kids’ menu, and our one-of-a-kind #aromaKidz contest, and has allowed us to share it with you here! Read on to learn why aroma espresso bar is Libby’s choice for nutritious options when it comes to casual family dining, and be sure to visit Libby’s website for more photos and information on #aromaKidz and our great contest!

 

NOURISHING YOUNG MINDS

by: Libby Roach

 

Now, I’m not one to play the mom card often, but when it comes to feeding young minds, it’s glaringly obvious that we have a problem when it comes to food education and children. Let me be a debbie downer for a mo- As a mom of two, I’m acutely aware that this generation’s life span likely won’t live as long as our current one. That’s a scary statistic. On the flip side of being a mom, I’m time compressed on the road- options for quick grab and go meals are hard to come by. Bucking the golden arches is easy enough, but how do you feed two sporty kids on the go between hockey/karate/swimming and hip hop dance classes (don’t even get me started on dabbing).

 

So when I found out Aroma was launching a kids menu, I was pretty stoked. I love Aroma- their coffee packs a punch and their food is fresh and healthy. I know when I walk in the door I’m going to make a pretty safe choice. And that goes for my girls too. Kids can snag either French Toast with Fresh Fruit, Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Cucumber Sticks, or Tri-colour Pasta with Red Pepper and Tomato sauce. Each portion is comes with fruits or veggies and is filling- not dumbed down- no chicken nuggets or mac n’ cheese in sight. You also score a drink (milk, juice, lemonade) and a fresh baked cookie. While tots are limited to three combos (for now I hope!) they’re all clear winners and shows that this restaurant on the right track when it comes to kids nutrition.

Because Aroma and I are tight, I am happy to promote this new menu, and I’m excited to add that they have a killer contest to kick things off! To celebrate the new menu, they’ve brought on an artist- digital finger painter Chelsea Lundy (@chelsdrawsyou) to recreate your fave photo of your crew!

The prize is an 8×10 framed drawing by Chelsea Lundy for Aroma Espresso Bar valued at $100.00 and there will be one prize winner per week, announced each Tuesday. So whatcha waiting for? You can enter the contest and see full details here.

 

Special thanks to Aroma for including me in this contest, and to Chelsea for her lovely portrait of my girls!

11
Oct

Our New Friend: Foodism Toronto

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We are excited to announce a partnership between aroma espresso bar Canada and Foodism Toronto!

 

What is Foodism Toronto?

 

Foodism Toronto is a free magazine published every other month, website, and weekly e-blast profiling the best of Toronto’s food scene with news, reviews, trends, recipes and more.

 

Its debut print issue launched Tuesday October 4 with a blitz giveaway of 50,000 copies at major commuter hubs across the city.

 

Foodism originated in London, England two years ago; today their UK readership is over 500,000 and they count nearly 100,000 unique website visitors each month.

 

How Are We Partnering With Them?

 

aroma has agreed to be one of only two official distribution partners of Foodism.

 

Participating aroma espresso bar locations, along with select downtown Toronto Loblaws stores, will be the only places in Toronto for readers to pick up free copies of Foodism.

 

Why Are We Partnering With Them?

 

You know it’s true. Everything we do, we do for you.

 

We want our customers to feel special knowing their favourite café is one of the only places in Toronto to pick up a free copy of this elegant (and did we mention free?) food-related magazine.

 

Also, you need to read more! And we bet you’ll enjoy reading all about the local food scene in your city and being part of the growing Toronto foodie community.

 

So to Foodism Toronto: Welcome to the 6 and to aroma espresso bar!

 

Click here to find a full list of aroma espresso bar locations where you can pick up your copy of Foodism, and check out their website while you’re there!

 

TL;DR aroma espresso bar X Foodism Toronto

Foodism Toronto is a free magazine profiling the city’s food and restaurant scene.

Available at participating aroma espresso bar locations around Toronto.

 

Leave a comment below letting us know how what you think of the first issue of Foodism, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.

26
May

Let’s Talk About Free Smoothie Day

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Hi everyone. Let’s talk about Free Smoothie Day. 

 

We want to thank everyone who walked in the hot sun, came out to one of our stores, stood in line, and ordered a Free Smoothie. 

 

We apologize to those of you whose local aroma espresso bar ran out of Smoothies or ran out of ice. 

 

In 2007, we opened the first aroma espresso bar in Canada. Since then, we have been able to expand to 36 stores only because of our loyal customers. Your support is what drives us to ensure we continue to serve fresh, natural, and wholesome food and drinks. 

 

When we launched our Keep It 100 campaign for our 100% Real Fruit Smoothies a few weeks ago, we wanted to do something big. We wanted to reflect our appreciation for our customers. We wanted to give something of value back as a Thank You for all you’ve given us.
We spent weeks planning this event. Stores stocked up on products and staff. We tried hard to put a refreshing Smoothie in everyone’s hands. 
 

But we admit we were not prepared for how many of you love our Smoothies. As much as w prepared, we were overwhelmed with the demand. Many stores ran out of product early. Some had blenders malfunction and break. Others went through all the ice their ice machines could produce, having to then wait for it to refill.
 

With your feedback on Free Smoothie Day – both positive and negative – we are getting a clearer picture of where we need to improve the next time we have such a promotion. 
So stay tuned this summer – We will take everything we learned from Free Smoothie Day and make it up to those of you who missed out.
Thank you.

 

Anat Davidzon

Managing Partner, aroma espresso bar Canada

 

17
May

aroma espresso bar Keeps It 100 with Free Smoothie Day

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aroma espresso bar is keeping it 100… 100% free! To celebrate its Keep It 100 campaign for its 100% Real Fruit Smoothies, aroma has announced Wednesday May 25 as Free Smoothie Day at all of its 35 locations across the Greater Toronto Area and Southern and Western Ontario.

 

“We want to shift people toward healthier lifestyles through reasonably-priced healthy and gourmet food and drinks,” says Anat Davidzon, Managing Partner, aroma espresso bar Canada. “Free Smoothie Day is an opportunity to share the fresh new additions to our 100% Real Fruit Smoothies lineup and demonstrate our commitment to nutritious and natural fare.”

 

From 2:00-6:00pm on Wednesday May 25 at all aroma espresso bar locations in Ontario, customers can receive one medium (16 oz) 100% Real Fruit Smoothie of their choice at no charge. Orders will have to be placed with the cashier as usual, with a limit of one per customer.

 

In April 2016, aroma espresso bar launched a new Mixed Berry + Beet Smoothie, made with 65 grams of cooked beets, to complement a roster that already included Mango, Mixed Berry, and Mango + Kale, made with 10 grams of fresh kale. Three new aromaBoosts were also added: Protein, Antioxidant, and Energy.

 

“Adding veggies is a great way to give your smoothie a nutrient dense boost,” says Aly Shoom, Certified Nutritionist. “Adding kale to your daily smoothie is an amazing way to increase the nutrient content of your diet with powerful antioxidants, and beets are a great detox food that helps purify the blood and liver.”

 

Smoothies at aroma are made using 100% real crushed fruit and vegetables, with no sugar added and no preservatives.

 

About Aly Shoom

Aly Shoom is a Toronto based Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She uses a unique approach with an emphasis on hormonal balance to personally address the nutrition needs of her clients. Aly believes that with the right tools and guidance, anyone can make positive lifestyle changes to enjoy a happier and healthier life! For more information check out alyshoom.com or follow her on Instagram and Facebook @alyshoomnutrition.

 

13
May

Keep It 100 with 100% Real Fruit Smoothies

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“I keep it 100 like I’m running a fever.” – Drake, Views.

 

It starts and ends with 100% real crushed fruit, vegetables, and ice. No added sugar, no added sweetener, no added preservatives. That’s how we Keep It 100 with our 100% Real Fruit Smoothies.

 

It’s also how we Keep It 100 with our freshly prepared salads and sandwiches, handcrafted with wholesome gourmet ingredients and made to order. Once we realized how well our fresh vegetables complement the taste of our nutritious smoothies, it was a no-brainer to add our wildly popular Mango + Kale Smoothie.

 

“Adding veggies is a great way to give your smoothie a nutrient dense boost! Veggies can help balance blood sugar, which has several amazing benefits, like keeping you fuller longer, accelerating weight loss, and improving skin health,” says Aly Shoom, Certified Nutritionist.  

 

We use 10 grams of the same organic kale in our Organic Kale and Portobello Salad and our Freekeh Salad, and add it to our 100% Real Fruit Smoothie for an extra helping of healthy.

 

“Kale is among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! Adding kale to your daily smoothie is an amazing way to increase the nutrient content of your diet,” continues Ms. Shoom. “One serving of kale includes more than 200% of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin A & C and 3g of protein! Kale is also jam packed with powerful antioxidants making it great for total body vitality.”

 

Customers love our Mango + Kale Smoothie so much, we launched a new smoothie to keep you happy while still keeping it 100! Introducing our new Mixed Berry and Beet Smoothie, made with 65 grams of cooked beets and 100% real fruit.

 

“Beets are a nutrition powerhouse and a great addition to any smoothie,” says Ms. Shoom. “Not only do they taste great, beets are a great detox food that helps purify the blood and liver.”

 

Our 100% Real Fruit Smoothies are dairy-free (ed. note: obviously – they’re 100% real fruit!) and you always have the option of adding fat-free yogurt for a richer and creamier taste.

 

If you’re looking to keep it even more than 100, add a new aromaBoost, available in Protein, Antioxidant, or Energy.

 

When we say we Keep It 100, we mean it. We take fresh seriously, and you should too.

 

Enjoy a 100% Real Fruit Smoothie the next time you visit your friendly neighbourhood aroma espresso bar, and remember to Keep It 100 every day, no matter what you do!

 

TL;DR Keep It 100 with 100% Real Fruit Smoothies

  • 100% real crushed fruit and vegetables with no added sugar, sweetener, or preservatives.
  • Available in Mango, Mixed Berry, Mango + Kale, and new Mixed Berry + Beet.
  • Also New: aromaBoosts available in Protein, Antioxidant, and Energy.

 

*Aly Shoom is a Toronto based Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She uses a unique approach with an emphasis on hormonal balance to personally address the nutrition needs of her clients. Aly believes that with the right tools and guidance, anyone can make positive lifestyle changes to enjoy a happier and healthier life! For more information check out www.alyshoom.com or follow her on Instagram and Facebook @alyshoomnutrition.

 

Leave a comment below letting us know how you Keep It 100, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.

 

 

 

 

8
Mar

Introducing: Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric

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It’s the time of the season for one last round of colds and flus before the sun starts shining and patio season kicks off.

 

Whether you’re illin’ or chillin’, we have a new drink you’re going to love. Introducing our new Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric, served hot or cold.

 

Only 54 calories and naturally sweetened with lemon, honey, and a pinch of cinnamon, this natural elixir will warm you up from the inside when served hot, or refresh you to the core when served over ice.

 

Cold pressed juice is extracted from fruit and vegetables using a heat-free hydraulic press, leading to a richer, fresher taste and higher amount of naturally-occurring nutrients.

 

The combination of ginger and turmeric packs a powerful and healthy punch. Full of antioxidants, it promotes digestion and pain relief, and is considered to be anti-inflammatory and effective treatment for common colds and flus.

 

TL;DR Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric:

  • Only five ingredients: cold pressed ginger and turmeric, lemon, honey, cinnamon.
  • Served hot or cold.
  • Available for a limited time only!

 

Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.

 

18
Feb

aroma espresso bar Expands To Ottawa With 33rd Canadian Café

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*UPDATE*

The Ottawa Citizen featured aroma espresso bar on the front cover of their Food section as part of a story on the growing trend of healthy grab and go restaurants in the city. Read about here, and don’t miss the recipe for our hearty and nutritious Freekeh Salad!

 

We could have gone anywhere when we decided to open the first aroma espresso bar outside Southern Ontario.

 

Our sights have long been set on cities like Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. But here’s the thing. Ottawa recently ranked second on MoneySense’s Canada’s Best Places to Live. Ottawa is also considered among the most educated cities in the country. Ottawa is like the Bureka of Canadian cities – people aren’t quite sure what it’s all about it until they experience it for themselves and fall in love.

 

On Wednesday, February 17, we opened our 33rd Canadian location at The Shops at Lansdowne in Lansdowne Park, nestled in Ottawa’s hip and historic Glebe neighbourhood.

 

 

“Ottawa has always felt like home to me and I’m excited to enter the flourishing food scene and bring a casual café of this calibre to the capital,” says Alasdair Grant, operator of aroma espresso bar at Lansdowne Park. “aroma in Ottawa is looking forward to being active in the Glebe community and across the city, helping strengthen the city’s growing reputation as a dining destination.”

 

TL;DR #aromaOttawa:

  • Now open in Ottawa!
  • Located at Lansdowne Park in the Glebe
  • First store outside Southern Ontario

 

Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about #aromaOttawa, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

19
Jan

New Year, New Blend. Introducing #aromaBOLD Dark Roast Coffee.

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There is something special brewing at aroma espresso bar in 2016. Introducing #aromaBOLD, a new premium dark roast coffee now available at all locations across Canada.

 

#aromaBOLD boasts a rich and robust taste with full-bodied flavour and deep hints of a bittersweet chocolate finish.

 

It’s a bold taste those who like a strong cup of freshly brewed coffee, and aroma’s loyal customers played a vital role in bringing this new dark roast to market.

 

A team of aroma espresso bar coffee experts spent over a year experimenting with different beans, blends, and flavour profiles. After narrowing down to three blends, a tasting event was held in Toronto for 50 VIP customers in early 2014. Their input helped select the final dark roast blend now available in all stores.

 

A new blend for the new year: #aromaBOLD. Be brave. Be brilliant. #BeBOLD.

 

TL;DR #aromaBOLD:

  • New premium dark roast coffee blend
  • Available at all locations
  • Created with the help of loyal customers and coffee aficionados.

 

Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about #aromaBOLD, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

16
Dec

Welcome To The Newest Aroma Espresso Bar at Mount Sinai Hospital

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At 6:30am on December 15, we opened for business at our 32nd and newest location in Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

 

The full aroma experience can now be enjoyed in the hospital’s brand-new $5 million food court, funded by RioCan. In interviews, representatives from the company stressed the RioCan Food Hall will quickly become “an important element to the conveniences offered to patients, families and staff.”

 

We open early at Mount Sinai and are easily accessible from inside the hospital or through its Murray Street entrance.

 

Local residents are also encouraged to stop by for a freshly brewed coffee on the way to work, hand-crafted gourmet salad for lunch, or our signature Power Breakfast for a weekend treat. Hospital food never tasted so good!

 

TL;DR #aromaMountSinai:

  • Now open in the brand-new RioCan Food Hall!
  • Our 32nd location in Canada.
  • Full kitchen, full menu, full-service catering.

 

Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about our new café at Mount Sinai Hospital, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

24
Nov

Comfort Food Season Kicks Off with #aromaHash and S’Mores

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It’s cold outside. Really, really cold. You’re not leaving the house without a good reason. We get it. So here are four very compelling reasons to leave your house that will leave you drooling* as you zip up and head out.

(*warning: wipe drool before going outside to avoid the dreaded “drool freeze”.)

 

Introducing Aroma Hash / #aromaHash

A wholesome and hearty meal with a Mediterranean twist. Sautéed chicken, turkey, and potato hash atop arugula with a sunny-side-up egg on your choice of freshly baked and toasted bread, arranged on a plate with yogurt, sprinkled with za’atar, and drizzled with syrup. Served with a side of housemade lemon olive oil dressing. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

 

 

Introducing Philly Portobello Sandwich

A hearty serving of grilled portobello mushroom, sautéed red pepper and onion, Swiss cheese, and aroma sauce on your choice of freshly baked bread.

 

Bringing Back A Seasonal Classic: S’Mores Hot Chocolate

The ultimate cold weather comfort drink. Chunks of premium milk or white chocolate melted in a frothy mix of warm and steamed milk with roasted marshmallow flavour, and topped with graham cracker crumbs and soft marshmallows.

 

Sweeten Your Holiday Season: Greek Yogurt Cherry Danish

A freshly baked phyllo pastry bursting with Greek yogurt and sweet cherry compote.

 

Enjoy these indulgent seasonal treats as part of our Holiday Magic menu, and stay tuned for more details on #aromaHash, our newest savoury menu offering!

 

TL;DR #holidaymagic:

  • Our Holiday Magic seasonal menu is available at all locations across Ontario
  • Introducing Aroma Hash (#aromaHash), a savoury dish perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Introducing Philly Portobello Sandwich, a vegetarian twist on a comfort food classic.
  • Welcome back S’Mores Hot Chocolate, the ultimate cold weather comfort drink.
  • Share a Greek Yogurt Cherry Danish with a friend – or better yet, don’t!

 

Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about our Holiday Magic seasonal menu, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

20
Oct

Thirty and Counting…

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On September 9, we opened in Downtown Markham, our newest and 30th store in Canada. It was an important milestone for aroma espresso bar, and one we would not have achieved without our amazing and loyal customers.

 

We wasted no time in opening our 31st location only two weeks later, in the gorgeous new expansion wing at Sherway Gardens.

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21
Aug

Get Your Freekeh On

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This summer, we launched our new and nutritious Freekeh Salad as part of our #SavourSummer menu, and we remain one of the few restaurants in the Toronto and GTA serving this superfood to discerning diners.

 

A flavourful ancient grain touted as the next trendy superfood, freekeh is largely unknown in North America, even though it has been a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. Freekeh is made from fire-roasted wheatberries, and has a slightly sweet, nutty taste. The name is derived from the Arabic faraka, referring to the wheat-roasting process.
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21
Aug

Welcome To The Freshly Redesigned aroma.ca

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Welcome to the freshly redesigned aroma.ca and our new #aromablog.

 

We were long overdue for a refreshed website and it was worth the wait. Your online experience at aroma espresso bar now reflects the clean and contemporary vibe found at all our stores.

 

  • A fully updated menu details all our eclectic and Mediterranean-inspired salads, sandwiches, breakfasts, and pastries, as well as our growing selection of premium beverages.
  • Constantly updated nutritional information details everything you need to know about all the wholesome aroma food you love most. New and seasonal items will be added as they are introduced.
  • An improved Locations page simplifies finding an aroma espresso bar near you with relevant and detailed information.

 

We are most excited for the #aromaBlog. This blog will showcase our engaging employees and friendly franchisees, show off our seasonal menus and new featured foods, share news,  and contests, and if you’re lucky, maybe reveal an occasional #aromaFoodHack.

 

We designed this website to be as fresh as our food and hope you like it.

 

Let us know what you think about our new website, this blog, and your aroma espresso bar experience below, or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.