Citrus Cupcakes at Kaffeine Espresso Bar in New Rochelle


What is coffee without a little nosh? It’s a question Kaffeine owner David Bonalle never had to think much about since his wife, Phoebe Kao, is a baker. And though he was already selling scones, croissants, bagels and biscotti, he put out her mini cupcakes made with fresh citrus zest, a natural source of potent antioxidants. Within hours, the sweet treats were sold out. That was in January.

Now Kao’s business is taking on a life of its own, with orders coming in left and right. What makes her cupcakes different is that each classic size contains four grams of orange, lemon or tangerine zest. All the citrus cupcakes are baked without preservatives or stabilizers so they are meant to be enjoyed right away.

They come in 12 flavors (such as tiramisu, peanut butter chocolate, banana Nutella and red velvet) and are served in minisizes, perfect for a little bite with a strong cuppa Joe. (The fact that they are 99 cents each also makes them enticing!) According to Kao, many customers enjoy making their own “cupcake tapas” trays as a way to enjoy the variety. She also provides customized flavors and designs for special orders. Also worth noting: the coffee bar’s newly landscaped backyard garden, which is ideal for that aforementioned nosh.?After all, we all need a little Vitamin D (i.e. the sun) with our citrus. — Story and photo by Jeanne Muchnick

Details: 18 Division St., New Rochelle. 914-235-2910, Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Barbara Gordon on

    I loved going to this place but heard it is closing for good at the end of october 2011. Is this true?

  2. Kaffeine ALERT!! Now open as Barceolna Cafe Tapas Food and great coffee
    Open early for breakfast/Lunch till 7pm 914 813-8080.
    Epanadas, Yogurt muffins, Sandwhiches, fresh Desserts.

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