December 19, 2017 3 min read
Amélie sat down to chat with Carolane Perreault, owner and founder of Café Mucho Mucho on Rosemont Boulevard.
It’s a project I had been considering for a long time. Not a café, necessarily, but to start a food-related business. When I graduated from high school, my mother told me “don’t do that, it doesn’t make any sense. The food industry is too challenging” so, I worked in psychiatry for four years and I didn’t enjoy it all that much. Then, I met my boyfriend, who was also interested in the food industry, and one day he said, “I think a little café would be cool”.
I got to a point where I couldn’t stand my job any longer. One day, I called my boyfriend, crying, saying I was fed up and wanted to do something about it. He said, “okay, I hear you. Let’s do it”, the next morning, I handed in my resignation at the hospital, registered for a business startup course, and went from there. I met Alex [Sereno] who inspired me to dive into the world of coffee.
It’s something I would often say to my boyfriend and friends when I was hungry: “I’m mucho mucho hungry!”, I said it as a joke, but when I decided to open the café, I felt it would make for a charming name. Plus, it’s easy to remember!
The mocha. We use real chocolate melts for a unique taste. I get a ton of positive feedback on the hot chocolate and mocha. It’s a drink that represents what I love, and people come back for more.
I would say that customer service is a top priority. When I hire my staff, I always try to find cheerful people my patrons can relate to. This way, when they come in, they feel good and get great service. Remember, I studied in social work! Those human values really shine through at the café.
My clientele is very diverse, especially being on Rosemont Boulevard. I think word of mouth is what really helped me build up my customer base. I get students, families, and seniors, so it’s hard to pinpoint one specific clientele.
I really enjoy a cortado. It offers all the coffee taste without being too strong. It’s what I drink just about every day! Espresso too, but that’s mostly when I have a headache.
When I’m with a friend, or with my boyfriend, and we have time for a good chat. Any time of day really, but I prefer mine in the morning or early afternoon.
Good question! Before opening my café, I didn’t know the first thing about Instagram since I wasn’t very active on social media. Now that I don’t have a choice, I would say I actually prefer Instagram. As for Facebook, I find it offers more real content. It’s quick, and you can see everything at a glance.
Definitely. It’s something I had in mind for a very long time. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I would ever do it, but I think I had to be in a place where I was no longer happy in order to make the jump. It’s a ton of work, long hours, and a big investment, but nothing has ever felt so right. Having employees alone is a challenge. Everything is a challenge for me. It’s my biggest project ever.
September 18, 2023 3 min read 2 Comments
September 11, 2023 2 min read
One of the questions that coffee experts probably hear the most is:“What’s the difference between Arabica and Robusta?” The two types of coffee plants are at opposite ends of the spectrum, and by blending the two together, we can achieve the best of both worlds.