Coffee Service

Discussion in 'Professional Catering' started by whitepepper, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. whitepepper


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    Hey Everyone,

    I own a catering company in Portland, OR. We do a lot of weddings and have always used electric percolators for brewing coffee on site.

    We've ALWAYS had troubles with electric percolators (even ones we bought new!) and I'm pretty much ready to give them all up and start fresh.

    So, what I'm looking for are some creative ideas for brewing coffee at a venue - sometimes we don't even have access to power.

    We typically serve between 75 and 150 people.

    What types of setups or brew systems have you all used in the past?

    Thanks so much!
  2. chefross


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    Former Chef
    Have you thought about using Cambro's for coffee service?

    The coffee can be brewed hours before and kept hot for service.

    They are also easy to move around so the coffee could be made off premise, the Cambro loaded into a car or truck and moved to the site.
  3. foodpump


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    Professional Pastry Chef
    Personally, I've never had trouble with the 100 cup brewers.  Yes they are slow, yes they are old fashioned, but I've never had trouble with them. What I have done with large parties is to brew in the 100cup and pour this into a beverage cambro.  Keep in mind that once you use a beverage cambro for coffee, you can ONLY use it for coffee.  No amount of scrubbing or baking soda or whatever will remove coffee taste--tea, fruit juices, punch, etc., will all taste like coffee.

    The other option I've used is with a regular restaurant style brewer that brews straight into an air-pot.  Coffee will keep for hours in an air-pot with little quality loss.  Used to have a dozen or so air pots and would bring them full to the site.  These need to be scrubbed out with baking soda on a weekly basis, or your coffee will taste pretty bad.