Indulgent gelato, expertly crafted pastry and quality time are among the offerings at the new waterfront European-style bakery café
The French Press, a beautiful new European-style bakery café, is now open on the idyllic waterfront at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral, offering fine coffee, delectable treats and a much-needed antidote to the pace of modern life.
With the rise of “grab-and-go” coffee culture in America, many crave an experience that makes the café more a destination than a drive-by. Many customers have already discovered a fresh perspective at The French Press, which is brewing expertly roasted coffee, crafting fresh pastry, serving gourmet breakfast and lunch, and dishing out dozens of flavors of decadent, homemade gelato.
The French Press is located at 5789 Cape Harbour Drive #101 in Cape Coral and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The café is operated by Executive Chef Benjamin Voisin and his wife Valeria, both of Hoffman Group Holdings, LLC, which recently opened neighboring Fathoms Restaurant & Bar.
Several varieties of fresh-brewed coffee are served, as are classic coffee drinks like espresso, cappuccino and the namesake French press, along with creative inventions like the Dirty Banana, Snicker Doodle and Filthy Coconut. Smoothies and fine teas are also offered to accompany fresh-baked breakfast staples like bagels and croissants, and egg sandwiches and wraps filled with bacon, sausage, cheese or smoked salmon.
No Old World-inspired café would be complete without crepes, and The French Press proudly offers a wide array of savory and sweet versions made to order, from Nutella, strawberry and dulce de leche, to classic ham and cheese, veggie and the Norwegian (featuring smoked salmon, herbs, lemon sour cream and capers). The fruits and veggies for the crepes, gelato, smoothies and other specialties arrive daily at The French Press from local growers.
The friendly staff is always happy to fulfill an order of a dozen fresh-baked croissants and coffee for a quick morale boost among your office staff. However, the elegant, yet cozy ambience at The French Roast is a major draw for those seeking a change of pace or a great new place to meet with friends.
The French Press is currently putting together a calendar of events to include musical performances by local singer-songwriters, book readings, stand-up comedy and events held in association with the other businesses at Cape Harbour, including its neighbor Harbour View Gallery, the only artist-owned co-op gallery in Cape Coral.
The selection of freshly baked pastry changes daily, and includes eclairs, macarons, pies, banana bread, muffins, cinnamon rolls, cookies and tartlets. Any that remains unsold in any given day is donated to a local charity.
Timothy and Meredith Hoffman possess extensive project management and hospitality expertise in the Caribbean, having overseen the on-time, on-budget rebuilding of The Green Turtle Club on Abaco after a category 5 hurricane and the renovation and expansion of Montpelier Plantation & Beach on Nevis, which was accepted as a member of the prestigious Relais Chateaux group of luxury hotels. The Hoffmans recently relocated back to the U.S. with their three children and are working to enhance hospitality and dining on the Southwest Coast of Florida, whose charms resembles those of the Bahamas. HGH, LLC counts among its current holdings Fathoms Restaurant & Bar (formerly The Joint) and The French Press, both at beautiful Cape Harbour in Cape Coral, Florida.