Papillion’s newest shop, Kasa du Bonbon, offers a “sweet” blend of culture and coffee. According to owners Karime Rios and Paolo Almeida, this was always the God-given dream.
“I originally wanted to own a coffee shop,” said Karime, and the desire only grew more when she later met her husband, Paolo. This shared love expanded further when they experienced boba tea. “Whenever we travel, we go to coffee and boba shops!”
But that aspiration took work, the owners said, including more than 180 hours of business classes, support from the Nebraska Enterprise Fund, prayer, and more. The result is what many have enjoyed since their opening in September of this year.
That love of coffee is now a full-blown pairing of cultures and flavors, from the Green Love crêpe—a chicken and pesto creation from Paolo’s home kitchen—to the seasonal and regular espresso and tea drinks, which reflect Karime’s interest. Even the café’s atmosphere is inspired by their love and cultures.
For example, the name Kasa du Bonbon, a fusion of their Spanish and French languages, loosely translates to “House of Sweetness.” Paolo explained the name and sentiment was to create a third space.
“Anyone can come and experience all the blessings God has favored us with,” he said. “This is a ‘sweet’ place to be.”
Readers can explore their menu and story at kasadubonbon.com, through Kasa Du Bonbon on Facebook and Instagram, or by visiting their shop at 8410 South 73rd Plaza.