CoCoMoes Q and Catering Too!

Minden, NV

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How does your business stand out?

I am precise with recipes and food presentation, freshness, impeccable flavor and ingredients. Whether it is a drop off (for breakfast, lunch or dinner), buffet or beautiful sit down event for your guests, my skills ,service, food and pricing will give you the opportunity to give your guests the most for your money. I give the extra step of service with security and knowledge to not only set you mind at ease ,but give you the confidence needed for your event. I can prepare many facets of cuisine. BBQ (Award winning 2nd and 4th in the world) Mexican (Winner of Top Chef Quaker Oats Viewer Quickfire Challenge with my recipes) New Mexican Italian Latin Chinese American Comfort Italian Bistro Deli(Sandwiches, salads,appetizers pastries) Steakhouse French and much much more! Services: Drop-offs Buffets Sit Down Personal Chef Traveling Personal Chef Culinary Class Training/Lessons BBQ Pit Catering Accessibility for numerous Chefs,servers ,bartenders. Full catering services from arrival , set up to clean up and departure.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love preparing fresh, innovative, delicious food with a smile. I have an extensive knowledge of various cuisines, service and have won numerous National Awards for my cuisine. Cooking is my life, and I want to share my expertise and knowledge that I have gained throughout my career. I also love the fact that I can charge less, but give more because of my expertise and abilities.
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Location

Minden, NV 89423

Years in business

12

Number of employees

15

Times hired on Thumbtack

57

Reviews

56 Reviews
  • Erica G. Jul 25, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Service and food above and beyond! Would not only recommend them to everyone, but I would use them again in a heartbeat!
  • Jennifer K. Jul 12, 2017
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    CoCoMoes catered our rehearsal dinner, and it was awesome! They were the only caterer willing to travel from Gardnerville, NV to North Lake Tahoe and did not even charge us a travel fee. They were very reasonable, easy to work with, and the food was delicious! We had a Mexican buffet with a Southwest Caesar salad, chicken enchiladas, shrimp and steak fajitas, rice, beans and chips and salsa. Everything was so yummy, and they made plenty of it. They even wrapped up the leftovers and gave to us. Would definitely recommend and use them again in the future!! Thanks so much!
  • Dani W. Jun 25, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review Updated
    Ben, Amber, and their staff were incredible to work with. They worked within our budget to create a delicious meal for our guests. They catered to our vegetarian guest, gluten free guest, and dairy free guest. CoCoMoes was always quick to respond. They were incredibly generous with the amount of food, from our tasting to the day of. To quote our pastor's wife, "I go to a lot of weddings, and this is the best wedding food I have ever had" Professional, friendly, and considerate, we would strongly recommend CoCoMoes for any catering needs. Try the corn bread!
  • Verified Review Original
  • Thumbtack Customer Jun 18, 2017
    Incredibly delicious food and a team that truly cared about making our event special!!
  • Lori M. May 29, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Food was delicious and Maurice was so easy to work with. I would use CoCoMoes Q again for a large event.
  • Stanley G. Apr 17, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Ronna's and Stan's Wedding April 15th 2017
    On time courtesy very professional but the food magnificent. They were the best choice Ronna and I made . They made it stress free and worked with our budget. We had ribs pulled pork tritip chicken coleslaw salad beans sweet and hott bread chips and salsa with set up utensils and all the trimmings . I can't say enough. U have a great family and great BBQ. Love u guys Stan and Ronna García
  • Chelsea G. Mar 28, 2017
    Wedding Coordinator's Wedding!!!
    As a Wedding and Event Coordinator in the Lake Tahoe area, there were many different options when it came to my own wedding! However, we wanted something a little different, so we opted out of the traditional sit-down dinner and threw a big cocktail party with heavy appetizers that kept everyone full and satisfied!! Brisket and crab cake sliders, filet and polenta coins, an unreal charcuterie display, soup shooters and more!!! Ben and Amber love what they do and it shows! The food was amazing, the presentation was superb, the staff was great! From the tasting, through all the communication, until the moment they packed up and left, I was thoroughly impressed! I have to mention how impressed my grandmother was as well... I found out the next day that Amber went out of her way to make my grandma a sample plate of everything that was being served and took it to her in the next room where she was sitting! BIG KUDDOS guys!!! I'm still dreaming about the sweet potato bacon bisque, I might need to place a special order!!! ;)
  • Janice R. Feb 10, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Legislative Reception Made Incredible by CoCoMoes
    CoCoMoes food, service, and professionalism was phenomenal. The event they catered was for the Senate and Assembly of the Nevada Legislature. These individuals go to their share of receptions, and all were overwhelmingly impressed with the quality and taste of the food. Ben and his crew were incredibly professional and executed the reception with grace and charm. Not only was the food excellent, his business demeanor was first rate. From the signing of the contract until the last bit of clean up, CoCoMoes kept in contact and apprised us of event status. There are not enough superior adjectives to describe the high quality and taste of the food CoCoMoes prepared. The menu, all prepared as appetizers, included Seared Filet Mignon atop a Roasted Garlic Polenta Cake with Tomato Sage Ragout; Grilled Lamp Lollipops with BlackBerry Gastrique; Open Face Lobster Melt (Fresh Lobster with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce on Grilled Micro Ciabatta with Caramelized Onions and Gouda Cheese); Cherry Wood Smoked Baby Back Ribs with fresh made Barbeque Sauce; Roasted Portobello Mushroom Slider with Marinated Roma Tomatoes, Pickled Onions, and Fresh Arugula Slaw; Sweet Potato Bacon Bisque with Candied Pancetta; Marinated Vegetable Salad (Fresh Basil, Buffalo Mozzarella Balls, Artichoke Hearts, Plum Tomatoes, Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini in a Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette); and a full dessert spread, including but not limited to, assorted Crème Puffs, Tartlets, and Gourmet Cupcakes. From a casual to a formal event, we would highly recommend CoCoMoes. If we could give them more than five stars, the number would reach the moon.
  • Donna C. Jan 30, 2017
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Great food, great people!
    Ben, Amber and team were extremely friendly and organized. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.
  • John B. Dec 24, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Excellent Catering
    Cocomoes catered my company party for 55 employees. They did an outstanding job. Food was excellent, setup and cleanup perfect. I will definitely use them again and again!
  • Aflac R. Dec 19, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review Updated
    THE BEST!!
    We used Ccocmoes for our Office Christmas Party, and were extremely happy we did!! Everything from the food, to the service, to their friendly staff, to the budget flexibility was perfect! Could not have gone with no one other than the best!! Will definitely use again!!
  • Verified Review Original
    THE BEST!!
    We used Ccocmoes for our Office Christmas Party, and were extremely happy we did!! Everything from the food, to the service, to their friendly staff, to the budget flexibility was perfect! Could not have gone with no one other than the best!! Will definitely use again!!
  • Myra A. Nov 21, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Turkey Dinner
    The turkey was moist, great flavor. Will call them again that's for sure.
  • Jana B. Oct 16, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    OUTSTANDING!
    Very pleased with everything! The food was outstanding and affordable, Ben was extremely professional and courteous and the service was nothing less than perfect. I would highly recommend Cocomoes to anyone with catering needs. 5 Stars from us and we'll definitely be back for our next event.
  • Marlene S. Oct 13, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Wedding
    Cocomoe's delivered in every way; on-time, efficient, staff was very professional, food was delicious.....everything was perfect! Thank you Ben & Amber!
  • Carol R. Oct 4, 2016
    Rose Wedding
    We hired Maurice and his team from this site based on his reviews. Fortunately everything that was said about him and his team are TRUE! Our wedding reception was held as Base Camp, South Lake Tahoe. The food was awesome! The dessert Divine!. WE even were able to keep the leftovers which came in very handy at about 2:30 in the morning. We have received excellent remarks from our guest about the food. We have family that also cater and they even had something good to say. We are very grateful to Maurice and his team for making our event so fantastic!!
  • Sarah C. Sep 20, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We were thrilled with Cocomoes!!
    We were thrilled with Cocomoes!! We had Maurice over to our rental home to cook for our brother in law's birthday dinner (10 people total) and it couldn't have been better. The food was outstanding and the over all service couldn't have been better. They were completely on top of everything! They came in and had everything already prepared, served the delicious 4 course meal, cleaned up beautiful and were out before we knew it. They even packaged up each person's plate who couldn't finish, wrote names on them, and left them for us to eat the next day. Maurice is extremely easy to work with and his communication was outstanding. He is very spirited at what he does and takes intense pride in providing a memorable experience no matter what. He is so dedicated to his profession that a bad experience just doesn't seem like it's even possible. Maurice and his sous-chef complimented each other perfectly and we couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. Highly recommend Cocomoes and can't thank them enough for such an incredible experience! We have been talking about that evening ever since! Thank you so much!!!
  • Stephanie B. Sep 4, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Awesome food and service
    Everyone loves the food, I loved the ease and efficient team they thought of everything . Thank you guys for your amazing service!! I still have one more child to marry, I will definlty use your company again!!
  • Stacy K. Aug 31, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    The Cocomoes team was highly flexible and came highly prepared for quality service. Ben and his crew made catering our event unbelievably easy (and DELICIOUS). Not only did they provide amazing food and excellent, friendly service, but they arrived early to set up and had thought of everything as far as linens and serving ware-even provided a few beautiful bouquets-so that I didn't have to do a thing except arrive to enjoy the food and my guests. From the beginning, Ben made himself available and let me contribute to planning the entire menu. He spent time with me explaining his methods and making sure that all my guests' dietary needs were taken into account. It is obvious that Ben and his team take pride in their food and love what they do-every plate was well-thought out, served with a smile from Ben's professional and friendly team, and was an absolute hit with my guests. Given the service, ease and professionalism that I experienced during all parts of the planning and catering process, I will not hesitate to recommend CocoMoe's and to use them again.
  • Kristi M. Aug 30, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
  • Michael G. Aug 25, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We had our Fulbright Scholar event catered at the Capital Grounds in Carson City and the food and service were excellent and on time. They fed 90+ people easily and professionally! We had some special food requests and they accomodated deits and our budget and the food tasted wonderful. Thanks!
  • Chris M. Aug 25, 2016
    I gave 5 starts cause that's as high as it went. I would give more if I could. They catered my Wedding and not only did everyone love the food, we loved how professional, and kind the staff was! The made sure everyone got fed and had enough to drink as well. They went with the flow and did everything they could to make everyone there happy. I will definitely use this company again the next time I need catering! :-)
  • Richard L. Aug 16, 2016
    Corporate Lunch Catering
    Verified Review
    Food was great, delivered on time and Ben was flexible and able to accommodate our changing needs.
  • Franck M. Aug 15, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Ben and his team were very nice to work with, super efficient in helping put every organisation pieces together and finally executed a delicious dinner. There were even more than what we agreed on at no extra cost. Ben is super friendly and cares about his customers and the quality of his work. Will use his services again for sure when needed!
  • Darla Y. Aug 14, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Food was excellent, communication throughout the process was on point. Couldn't be happier with the wedding food. Thank you for making my day perfect.
  • David -. Aug 7, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    They were very flexible in meeting our needs. Food was very good and plentiful. Their prices were reasonable and I would recommend them to any one.
  • Bob D. Aug 2, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Excellent service, prompt and amazing cuisine!
  • Gary C. Aug 1, 2016
    Can't say enough about the food, the meat could not have been any better. The antipasto was one of the best I've ever had. Everything was just great, on time and hot. If ever we would need their service they are the first we would call.....Gary and Betty Custer
  • Terry W. Jul 29, 2016
    Perfect! Loved the food and preparation, the best we've had!
  • Stacey S. Jul 28, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Ben, Amber and team did a wonderful job, coming in during our meeting, to set up. They were asked to be as quiet as possible, as not to interrupt the meeting, and they succeeded in setting up without a sound. They rolled with the last minute changes and needs, to accommodate staff and seating, and continued to accommodate our staff by leaving us with tables and all the necessary serving utensils, dressings, etc. to continue to enjoy the food after they left for the day. Everyone raved about the home cooked taste of the food, and the tender and juicy meats. The meats were cut last minute to ensure full flavor and juiciness. The cupcakes were frosted after they arrived, the salad was topped with the candied pears and walnuts just before serving, which also ensured freshness of the foods. Ben continued to touch bases to ensure everyone had been served and were enjoying the food. OUTSTANDING FOOD! OUTSTANDING SERVICE! OUTSTANDING PRICES! I would highly recommend Cocomoes to anyone looking to have an event catered. They are at the top of my list for any future events!
  • Lynn N. Jul 27, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    From first contact, Ben did an amazing job accommodating our needs. He and his wife Amber made a special trip to meet with me to finalize all the details for my surprise 60th birthday party for my husband. They were on time, courteous, friendly and professional. At the last minute I wanted to move up the schedule a couple hours and they did it with no hesitation. They arrived, set up the food, gave me a taste of what we were serving, and advised me how to keep the food fresh for later serving. I literally had to do NOTHING!! The beef brisket is STILL being talked about days later, by far a FIVE FORKS specialty! The pulled pork and award winning bbq sauce was also a big hit. The pasta salad is hands down the best we've ever had. We're already talking about using them again next year for our annual gathering!
  • Patti L. Jul 24, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    They were on time. Crew was well dressed with lots of smiles. Friendly and helpful . The food was perfect, great flavors, plenty of food for everyone . Guests were very impressed with the company. Clean up was completed quietly without enteruption to the party. Very happy with the event Thank you Cocomoes
  • Jessica C. Jul 19, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    our age group is from 10 to 85 years old and then food was so good that everyone was satisfied. Everyone had their fav dish and pork rib is the best among all the dishes we have. Thank you for making the great food and great memories for our family reunion.
  • Natalie G. Jul 17, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We were very pleased with the service! They went out of their way to give us superior catering for a very special event. They were timely, efficient and the food was delivered hot. Well done!
  • Christie W. Jul 13, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    The food was fantastic! Very happy! You can tell that they love what they do.
  • Tena M. Jul 11, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Thank you, Cocomoes! We didn't give you much notice but you provided a prompt response, beautiful food and excellent service. Every person at our party commented on the delicious food. We will definitely recommend your catering service to others and look forward to working with you in the future. Sincerely, Raphael and Tena
  • Lori L. Jul 11, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Cocomoe's ROCKS! I was so impressed with the quick followup initially given that I had never used Thumbtack before----Ben and Amber were true professionals....thoughtful and friendly discussions to help me / us focus on the best meal options for our bachelorette gathering of 20! Everyone enjoyed every scrumptious bite of the wonderful food prepared with care. We enjoyed a Mexican style buffet,...OMG the steak,and chicken, beans, veggies, chips, salsa,....everything was soooo good!!!! They even accommodated our vegetarian friends!!!!! Delivery to my house in Gardnerville NV was on time with the food hot and fresh!!! Meeting Ben and his daughter in person was like a reunion with family. I will no doubt engage their services again!!!!! I ca t say enough about Cocomoe's Catering aside from everything was all around FANTASTIC !!!!!!!! Thank you again Ben and Amber!!!!!!!👏👊👍😘
  • Richard W. Jun 27, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Maurice and his staff catered a backyard barbecue for me yesterday. Food was excellent. Staff caring effienct and easy to work with. They were timely, and friendly. Several of my guest commented on the food and friendly staff. I gave out several of their cards to my guests. I would not hesitate to use them again. Go Cocomoes. Bern and Richard
  • Andrea C. Jun 26, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Amazing catering service for my wedding! They did exactly everything I wanted and more! Food quality was amazing! Service was outstanding! Would love to get them again!
  • Mary W. Jun 24, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Maurice was willing to come to the church for a tasting for a dinner we were hosting. We had 130 people and the food was delicious and hot. He made sure that everything ran smoothly and everything was fresh.
  • Beth T. Jun 20, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Our daughters wedding. Outdoor setting, The food was excellent!! Communication and customer service was good. Thank you Ben and Amber and the Cocomoes team! Would totally use these guys again!
  • Corinne C. Jun 16, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Fantastic service, fantastic food, fantastic experience! I highly recommend Cocomoe's to anyone and everyone!
  • Julie L. Jun 14, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Maurice and his staff went above and beyond! This was a bridal shower for my daughter. The guests raved about how delicious the food was. The trays were always full, the food was fresh and tasted great. They even helped us with our clean up afterwards. I recommend Cocomoes to everyone!
  • Crystal N. Jun 12, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Cocomoes catered my wedding, and with all the stress of the day Ben was amazing. The food was GREAT!!! All of his staff were super friendly and helpful. Their level of hospitality is second to none. It was a pleasure working with Cocomoes
  • Jaime C. Jun 10, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Maurice and his team were fantastic. My (now) wife and I wanted a catered meal for our reception and Cocomoes delivered with aplomb. The food was delicious (he made us a southern-themed meal), the service was great and it was a pleasure to work with Maurice and his team. He kept us in constant communication throughout with a friendly and professional attitude. I would definitely re-hire Maurice for any catering I need and highly recommend his and his team's services. Keep up the great work!
  • Mark W. Jun 8, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Great communication from the beginning until the end! Ben and his team did an outstanding job of making sure that all of our guests were happy! Amber the Catering Director organized our menu and made the process simple and to the point. I couldn't have asked for a better experience! Thank you for everything Ben and Amber....CoCoMoes!!!!
  • Ariel H. Jun 5, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Let me just tell you, every single person was floored with the catering on my big day. I literally could not have been happier with my experience. We had so many issues with finding someone and Ben and Amber saved the day! They were absolutely amazing. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone and anyone who needs 5 star gourmet food at a very reasonable price! I seriously could not be happier with my experience they took care of everything! I had to plan it all myself and it was so nice to not worry about that really huge aspect of the wedding! All I can say is thank you thank you THANK YOU to these wonderful and accepting caterers!!!!
  • Kim C. May 20, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Excellent food, great service. Maurice was very attentive through all stages of the process. Very professional on the day of the event. Guest repeatedly commented about how good the food was and asked who the caterer was!
  • Jessica M. May 16, 2016
    Corporate Dinner Catering
    Verified Review
    Maurice and his team did an outstanding job. They were there early, set up and kept the everything fresh. The overall presentation of the food was phenomenal and everything tasted as good as it looked. We will be using them for our next event.
  • Kim C. May 16, 2016
    This was a FANTASTIC experience for us. The food was amazing, the set up was great, and the service excellent. Everything looked fantastic and all of our guests commented and asked where we found them. We were happy to have leftovers because we wanted to have more of the yummy food. If I have another event, small or large, Cocomoes will be my FIRST choice.
  • Angie G. Apr 25, 2016
    Having used Cocomoes on several occasions, food was always great and plentiful!! Cocomoes can cater anything large or small, full events or private small gatherings. I would recommend Cocomoes for any catering need that you have!!
  • Greg H. Apr 19, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Ben and his crew came through for me without a lot of time to spare. He helped me feed over 50 people at three different locations and the food was great!
  • Holly S. Apr 1, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Maurice and his team was professional and attentive. The food was delicious!! We served buffet style with appetizers and it was a huge hit! I would definitely recommend them and will be using them again for my functions.
  • Justin J. Mar 6, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Maurice and his daughter McKenzie organized an outstanding menu for my wife's 40th! They were constantly in communication during the planning phase to make sure that all details were in line with our expectations. Each of the 5 courses was amazing, and we were lucky to have found Maurice for this event. Thanks Maurice and McKenzie!
  • Nathan P. Feb 29, 2016
    I hired Chef Maurice to prepare a private dinner for 9 people to celebrate my fiancee's birthday. This was a particularly challenging meal because we had a number of people in our party who had Celiac disease so we needed to create an all-gluten-free menu. Chef Maurice worked with me to create a beautiful and delicious menu. Then on the day of the event, he bought all the food, brought it to our house in the morning, brought all his own cookware, cutlery, plates, etc. and handled everything from beginning to end. I've never had such a worry-free experience with catered dining. When we sat down for dinner he treated us to an amazing 5 course meal (all gluten free) and everyone loved it. He also brought a level of professionalism and formality that made the night feel special without feeling too "stiff." He was also very affordable, with the entire service working out to the comparable amount per person that a nice dinner at a restaurant would be. In all, it was a truly amazing experience and I absolutely intend to work with Chef Maurice again! Could not recommend him more highly!
  • Jacob S. Oct 29, 2015
    Everything arrived as promised and the food was delicious! Book Chef Ben if you can before he books up for the rest of the year!
  • Amber S. Oct 29, 2015
    Maurice is an incredible Chef. He has completed two events for us. One as a drop off for 200 lunches and another as a buffet lunch. All of the food was fresh, appealing and delicious. If you get the opportunity hire this Chef/Caterer!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My standard pricing is to beat any and all quotes, and to provide a better menu, service, food and experience!
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Of course providing references and answering any and all questions that they may have about their event is a must, but we also can customize our clients menu to fit their budget. Because of our efficiency and consistency we can offer the best price for the best food and service in Northern Nevada. Our personality and drive to be successful for our clients gives them the security to know that they have hired the best caterer/Chef for their special event.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have over 30 years of cooking experience, I am a Certified Food Protection Manager, Certified Dietary Manager, and very very soon Certified Executive Chef.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started catering to give the public knowledge of my BBQ sauce. Soon enough I catered for over 50,000 people in Northern California, as well as The Beach Boys, Brooks and Dunn, Reba Mcentire, Trace Adkins, Collin Raye,Tracy Byrd,Jesse Colin Young,Nevada State Legislature, and many many more. I also was part of one of the largest wood smoked BBQ events in the world for our Marines at 29 Palms Marine Base for over 12000 Marines and their families.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Country Superstars, Politicians, various companies , Toyota, Ford,CalTrans, Redding Rodeo Association and many many more.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A wine pairing dinner for 76 for St Lutheran Church. We prepared a 5 course dinner, which helped to raise funds for the church and their sports programs. It was very fulfilling to meet all of the athletes and work with them for this great cause!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask about sample tastings, experience, punctuality, and most of all passion!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Costs, flavors, preparation techniques, punctuality, and most of all what do I get for my money?