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Dining With Susan: Nuvita Café

Dining With Susan: Nuvita Café

I am a big supporter of local family owned businesses as they are the backbone of our great nation. NuVita Café in Orange is one that definitely falls into this category. It recently celebrated its “Grand Re-opening and 4th Anniversary Party” on July 11th. Owner and young entrepreneur, Jason Moon opened the doors to his NuVita Frozen Yogurt & Cafe at 35 Old Tavern Road in July 2011. This Orange resident, Amity High School graduate and former high school football star had a lot going for him, he had friends – lots of them and a very good product. Jason did his research and developed a website and Facebook page for free, widespread marketing and in a short period of time had more than 700 followers. Knowing that Wifi has great appeal for many customers, he made it available before he ever opened the doors to the public . In addition, NuVita Café offered a Stereo surround system, so there was always music playing when customers came inside.

Jason has even more going for him; he is smart, very personable with great customer service skills. This young businessman along with his supportive family and staff felt 2015 was the right time to give the Orange location a brand new look and vibe to make their products taste even better and the customer experience more memorable. The NuVita team always strives to serve the best new products with near perfect service. Their loyal customers along with many new ones are loving the new fare and enjoying the coffee and tea drinks. There’s a new big menu hanging over the front counter, new shelving near the windows, comfortable chairs and benches and tables. The new look includes the addition of a kitchen where all the sweet treats offering brownies, 7-layer treats, muffins, cheese cake, cookies and more are made.

There is also a new coffee, espresso bar at NuVita. According to his customers, Jason’s espresso is special, not bitter, and even those who usually take their restaurant coffee with milk and sugar, are drinking his very strong coffee straight up and loving it. Jason is so serious about offering the best quality product to his customers that he took a course from the Italian masters on how to make expresso the right way, like they do in Italy. Every shot of NuVita espresso uses the same amount of beans as two shots anywhere else. His espresso is, as described above, not bitter, it is the proper color and strength and his cappuccino has the perfect foam with a beautiful design on top that he makes in the process. “We have coffee beans that are known to be in the top 10% in the world quality wise,” Jason said. “The coffee beans come from different regions, of Africa, Ethiopia, Brazil, Panama, Columbia, Kenya and Nuvita’s House Blend, which is a mix of three different regions. We don’t brew coffee by machine, we hand drip it, ” Jason said. “When someone orders coffee, I grind the beans, put them in the hand-drip set on the counter, and pour hot water over them by hand so the coffee has the proper brewing phases, which brings the fullest flavor out of coffee.” From each batch of ground beans, he only makes one cup of coffee. “For our latte, cappuccino and machiatos we offer not to add sugar because the steamed milk adds a genuine sweetness to it, ” he said. “Our signature beverages are our milk teas that have various spices to pull out all the flavors of the tea,” Jason said. “We add milk to it to give it a richer taste. ”

NuVita still serves self-serve frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors that Jason carefully monitors. He brings old favorites back on request such as original tart, vanilla and chocolate, cake batter, red velvet cake, cookies and cream, island banana, pomegranate sorbet and mango tango and dulce le lece,and introduces new flavors each month. All varieties are fat free. The yogurt toppings are too numerous to mention, but my favorite is the hot fudge. Since the yogurt bar is self service, you can add as much as you would like. There is also a selection of bottled water, soda, power drinks, etc.

Visit the NuVita Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NuVitaOrange and check for the secret code of the day where you can learn the secret word to use to get a discount for your purchase.

OPEN 7 DAYS -Visit both locations- Ample Parking – Handicapped Accessible

NuVita Café

35 Old Tavern Road, Orange, CT 06477

203-298-4413-serving until 11pm.

Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Café

Westfield CT Post Mall -1201 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT 06460

203-878-6837-Open Mall Hours

FINAL NOTES: Nuvita is a great place for coffee, sweet treats, frozen yogurt, etc. Both family friendly locations are perfect for enjoying all of the above in a comfortable laid back and air-conditioned atmosphere. Stayed tuned for new hours and additional menu items in the near future at the Orange location. Please remember to support our local family owned businesses. If you have a favorite restaurant – email susan@orangetownnews.com or susan@woodbridgetownnews.com.

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