Big E Cafe, San Jose CA | Merchant Profile

Big E CafÈ is a unique coffee shop that specializes in creating delicious, one-of-a-kind empanadas. Family owned and operated, Ernie May created Big E CafÈ from his passion for cooking and serving great food. The cafÈ opened in 2005 and has gained a wonderful reputation in the community ever since.The cafÈ is a specialty coffee shop that offers a wide range of coffees and espressos, smoothies and Italian sodas, and of course, their famous selection of empanadas. Big E CafÈ has a great selection of breakfast, lunch, and dessert empanadas to choose from. Each empanada is created using the best quality ingredients that are always fresh and flavorful. One of the most popular breakfast choices is the Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar empanada. The savory breakfast snack is perfect for on the go and pairs perfectly with your favorite cup of coffee.When it comes to lunch, one of the most popular empanadas is the Chicken Cilantro. It is made with sautÈed chicken breast, sautÈed onions, cilantro, paprika, garlic, salt, pepper, and spices. The ingredients are simple, but when combined in the right proportions makes for an absolutely delicious bite to eat. The Spinach and Cheese empanada is another favorite that is also a great pick for vegetarians. This pastry is made with spinach ricotta cheese, Monterrey Jack cheese, sautÈed onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and spices.Ernie grew up working in the restaurant industry and when he came to the US had the opportunity to learn all kinds of different cuisines. Most of his empanada creations actually derive from other recipes and dishes that he learned to cook at other restaurants, he just converted them into empanada fillings. The coffee at Big E CafÈ is also made with keen attention to detail. The baristas are taught how to make each drink from start to finish instead of having a machine do all the work. This really sets the coffee shop apart from others. They even offer delicious ice-cold drinks like smoothies and Italian sodas that will quench anyoneís thirst.Customers order at the counter and when their food and drinks are ready, they are called up to get them. The cafÈ can seat eighteen people inside and an additional eighteen people outside on their patio. The atmosphere is laid back, warm, and makes for a great setting to mingle and make friends with others. Big E CafÈ was even names one of the best coffee shops in Santa Clara county by Metro Magazine. The next time youíre looking for a delicious cup of coffee, look no further than Big E CafÈ. Their special empanadas take them to the next level and offer a unique experience unlike any other coffee shop. Be sure to give them a visit soon ñ you wont be disappointed! 

1683 Branham Ln
San Jose, CA 95118