If you find yourself regularly hanging out with friends over a cup of coffee, it’s time to host a home coffee party. Setup is simple, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. In fact, a home coffee party costs much less than partying at a coffee shop. Here’s what you need to do to get started.
Buy Quality Beans
Pre-ground coffee offers convenience while whole beans offer quality. Buy the best whole beans you can afford in regular, decaf and flavors.
Store the Beans Properly
Where you store your coffee beans does make a difference in the drink’s flavor, so always store them in a dry, cool place. Avoid exposing them to dampness since that degrades the coffee bean’s quality.
Grind Your Own Beans
When you’re ready to brew, grind the beans. Consider using separate grinders for flavored and unflavored beans, and always dry out the grinders between uses so that they don’t get gummy.
Invest in a Quality Brewing System
If you have a thousand dollars, invest in the best espresso machine money can buy. But if you’re on a limited budget, any coffee maker or French press will do. Remember to use filtered water that’s free of distasteful chemicals and other flavor detractors.
Stock a Mug Supply
As comes in a variety of sizes and styles, your selection of mugs may range from delicate glass to oversized ceramic. Stick to one style or offer an eclectic choice depending on the formality of your party.
Keep the Coffee Hot
When you’re brewing for a party, you’ll want to prepare the selection ahead of time so that you aren’t stuck in the kitchen. But you have to keep the coffee hot. Letting it sit on the hot coffee maker actually burns the prepared coffee, so use insulated carafes to keep the coffee hot. They keep the heat longer if you pour boiling water into them first when you turn the coffee pot on, and then dump the water out before filling the warmed carafes with the fresh coffee.
Provide Cream and Sugar
Every guest will have different tastes, so provide a variety of creams and sugars. Half-and-half, whole milk and flavored creamers give coffee a light color and subtle taste. Then, offer raw sugar, organic sugar, sugar substitutes and honey to please sweet taste buds. And don’t forget the stir sticks and napkins!
Add Creative Toppings
A final topping makes each drink unique. You’ll want to arrange whipped cream, flavored liquid syrups, caramel sauce and shaved chocolate, pumpkin spice, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg close by. Don’t forget to include some tasty scones or coffee cake to go along with the delicious coffee!
What’s not to love about a home coffee party? Invite your friends over today, and serve them an array of delightful, delicious and delicate coffees everyone is sure to love.
BIO: Alicia is a freelance writer and in her free time restores her old Mustang with sheet metal.