There's nothing better than time with friends and family. Other than maybe coffee. Why not get the best of both worlds by throwing a coffee bar party? A coffee party is a gathering of close friends and loved ones, either for its own sake or to celebrate a wedding, baby, birthday, or anything else. The host sets up a coffee bar and guests can mix and match flavors and types of coffee to make their own treat, usually paired with pastries and other desserts. Below we'll discuss how to set up a great coffee bar party for your guests.
The most basic part of the coffee party is delicious coffee, so preparation really pays off. There are different methods and equipment used to prepare good coffee. Two of the best are the French press and coffee percolator.
These are different approaches to preparing coffee. Most of the difference relates to the grounds used and how these grounds are turned into coffee. With the French press, you'll want to put the grounds in the machine and then pour hot water in so that the coffee absorbs the water.
With a coffee percolator, the ground is placed in an elevated chamber with a column in the middle to help with brewing. This technique runs boiled water through the grounds and can operate without electricity. Though somewhat retro, it is a must try for any coffee buff.
Coffee is great for flavor experimentation. You can truly get creative with flavor syrups and toppings, especially if your party is holiday themed. Consider providing guests with whipped cream (even flavored whipped cream,) ice, liquors such as Bailey's Irish Cream, and chocolate syrup. Other options include caramel sauce, amaretto, pecans, and candies. Take a look at our full list of coffee drink recipes for more ideas.
Treats that are made with coffee or that are coffee flavored make a perfect complement. Fill your bar out with Mocha truffle brownies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate coated coffee beans, and coffee ice cream.
The Other Stuff
No coffee party would be complete without gifts, decorations and drinks. A coffee party is a great occasion to combine java with coffee cakes, Danish, eclairs or other food recipes with coffee. But tastes and scents aren't the only way you can set the mood.
Use decorations to dress up your party space. One way is to create educational imagery to accompany your variety of coffee grounds. You can include decorations associated with the origin country of each bean and pair this with information about your different flavors. This allows your guests to learn about the variety of coffee available and how bean type affects the flavor of the beverage.
If you have tables at your gatherings, think about using coffee themed centerpieces. A good idea might be candles or flowers set in a vase filled with coffee beans. Coffee-scented candles are an especially appropriate choice.
Lastly, remember to relax and smell the coffee. In the spirit of the party, spend time exchanging recipes and brewing techniques with your guests. If you follow these steps, your coffee party will be a delicious success.