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The Coco Moka Café Story

Coco Moka Café is the second specialty retail concept to be launched by Candy Express Franchising, Inc. (the “Company”). The Company, founded in March of 1988, also operates gourmet chocolate and candy stores under the brand name Candy Express throughout the U.S. in malls, airports, and train stations.

In the late 1990’s, to increase morning traffic at Candy Express stores (“nobody eats a Snickers  at 9 AM”), the prototype of what would eventually become Coco Moka Café was designed with a coffee barista operation featuring Seattle’s Best Coffee, and a coffeehouse/confectionary shop was opened in Vancouver, Canada.  Two years later, Macy’s West caught wind of the concept and came calling. They asked if the concept could be expanded to include soup, salads, and sandwiches, gelato ice cream, and a full selection of cheesecakes and pastries.  These and other product components were incorporated and the first Coco Moka Café was launched at Macy’s Sacramento, CA.

Today Coco Moka Café stands as an upscale and unique alternative to Starbucks® and Panera Bread®.  Additional stores have been opened around the country, including Downtown Disney, Orlando, Fl., Houston International Airport, Houston, TX, Palisades Center in West Nyack, NY, and Amtrak Penn Station in New York, NY. Current plans call for an accelerated national and international rollout of new locations. 


"Behind the counter, good things happen. And by good things I'm talking attentive and gracious service, lovely baked goods and rich, Belgian Hot Chocolate. Plus, they also offer a large variety of decadent and creative cold and hot beverages to choose from, so you will have plenty of options year round. I can't help but wish this place was a little closer to me. It's the perfect place to meet someone for coffee or perch for a few hours to do work."

    - Yelp review, Tara L.



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