Our story

“Carambola” is the delicious and unique “star fruit” often found in exotic parts of the world. Just like the uniqueness of this special fruit, you will find our coffees, desserts, and pastries a unique and delicious treat for you and your family.

Hailing from Sao Paulo which is the biggest city in South America (more than 12 Million people), our family has always loved food. My grandmother was Italian, cooking was her specialty. She always made everything from scratch and served up delicious fresh food and treats. My other grandmother was a daughter of European immigrants and she cooked with a strong influence of the French and Portuguese Cuisines.

We chose to produce Gelato in our business because it has a lower fat content, fewer calories, healthier, less air, more flavoring, creamier, smoother and silkier, incredible density, taste at a very pleasant

temperature for your palate. we are also producing Sorbet which is very similar to Gelato but no fat and almost no dairy content.

Our coffee is roasted just right to give you the perfect taste of a gourmet coffee. Iced coffee is done just after of grinding the coffee beans providing a unique aroma. We are serving also affogato which is a coffee-based dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato topped or “drowned” with a shot of hot espresso.

We use the same care, effort and love in creating delicious offerings for you and your family here at Carambola, and look forward to serving you the freshest gelato, treats, coffee and pastries you have ever tasted.

Fred Maia

Gelato & Coffee


We love gelato & coffee. We love our city of Loves Park, too. But most of all, we love to share unique flavors in healthy ways!


Our warm atmosphere, and the non-stop aroma of high quality coffee, paninis, and pastries - all made fresh every day, will provide a welcome reprieve from your daily life.


We use the highest quality ingredients, freshly roasted, flavored coffees in traditional and innovative ways. Go and do big things, but first - Coffee!