About a decade ago I was on a family vacation in Cancun and as usual, needed to find a place to sneak away and get some work done, catch up on e-mail, etc. I remembered seeing a coffee shop in the mall next door to our resort and it caught my eye – it had a rich European style, and the logo on the umbrellas said ILLY, a coffee brand I had never heard of, so I grabbed my laptop and walked over to check it out.
I ordered a double espresso and sat down to work. A few minutes later my server presented a beautiful setup with an “Illy” branded cup, saucer, sugar stick and twist of lemon. The aroma was amazing and the taste was incredible… why had I never heard of this Illy coffee?
I found myself Googling Illy instead of getting my work done, and learned it was a hundred year old Italian company whose founder all but invented the espresso process. Illy is popular all over the world, and Europeans spend much of their day popping in and out of espresso shops for a quick shot.
For the rest of my vacation I kept finding reasons to go back to the Illy café in the mall, and by the time our vacation was over I was already thinking about how to get an Illy themed coffee shop going at home. So, when we decided to open Parlay Café it was a foregone conclusion that we would serve the best coffee in the world – Illy.
Come to Parlay Café at the Promenade Mall (Temecula) for an Illy espresso drink. You will appreciate the unique, upscale environment. You can find us in the outdoor area, downstairs between Macy’s and the Yard House. Check out our Members Lounge, conference Rooms and The Forum (our training room), all available for rent for your next meeting or event. Daily and monthly passes are available – ask for a tour!
Written by Don Mastrangelo, Owner, Parlay Café