Any suggestions for a tea and coffee bar?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would have it premade. Having grounds or loose tea to use would be a logistical mess. Although you could use tea bags and hot water or something like a kurig, but imo as a coffee fanatic, having premade coffee is the most logical way.

Post # 4
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6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@raziel1687:  Definitely at least the coffee needs to be brewed ahead of time. Please don’t serve instant coffee at a wedding! LOL Coffee people will not be happy. The tea- you could have electric tea kettles set up with either bags of tea or loose leaf with strainers. Someone might scald themselves, though, and it will take more time. 

If it were me, I would get two large coffee containers and do one caffinated and another decaf. Or maybe three and do one dark, one light and one decaf. Then I’d have several large tea pots with tea brewed already and lable them with tags tied to the top with ribbon. 

On the table I’d have lots of fun add-ins. Honey sticks, pretty sugar cubes, sugar substitutes, chocolate covered spoons, creamer and flavored creamers, lemon, maybe some rock cady sticks, some mocha powder… Just after Thanksgiving I actually set up a little “hot drink” station in my dinning room with those kinds of things that I just left out all through the holidays. Mine included hot cocoa packets, marshmallows and candycanes to go with the season. I liked it so much I just took out the candy canes and have kept it! 

Post # 5
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679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think it’s a cute idea. I agree with the PPs who suggested everything be pre-made.

Don’t forget the decaf drinkers!!

Post # 6
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2189 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I would want it premade. You could do those cute shaped sugars, things to add to it peach flavor, mint,honey sticks like pp mentioned, etc so people could have a little fun with it. Coffee could have whip cream/those chocolate biscuit things, marshmellows, whatever people would add to coffee.

You could also offer iced coffee and Ice tea (sweet tea!!), Or have ice available for people to make it that way. I usually would rather drink something cold.

You could have a little sign saying people could take pictures and name their created drink and tag you guys on fb lol, I would enjoy that.

Post # 9
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5228 posts
Bee Keeper

@raziel1687:  I’m a huge Teavana fan. They always have premade sampling Tea in their stores. Have you looked on their site at all? You might come across something helpful….they have all kinds of accessories. You could also look into having it catered. There might be a local coffee/tea house willing to do it.

Post # 10
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@raziel1687:  if you contact Starbucks or somewhere similar they will deliver it for you. I had a coffee station. It was way cheaper and easier to have them do it. They provide heat holding/producing containers. Plus they provide sugars, stirrers, creamers (of course that you can add your own additions) and cups if you want them. Plus, reheated coffee just isn’t good.

Post # 13
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5228 posts
Bee Keeper

@raziel1687:  My husband loves coffee, and I enjoy it as well, just not as much as Tea. He makes a big batch of coffee in the mornings and puts it in an air pot. He says it keeps it really hot and fresh most of the day. Its not the most aesthically pleasing look though :/ The main thing with coffee is making sure its fresh. 

Teavana gets alot of my money. I just bought a bunch of the orange chocolate sweet spice because it was on sale, oh so good. I love their maharaja chai oolong too.

I originally wanted an Alice in Wonderland/mad tea party theme for my vow renewal. DH won’t go for it >:O

What kindof tea are you going to have?

Post # 15
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Maybe some Torani flavored syrups for the coffee? Baileys, Kahlua ?

Post # 16
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5228 posts
Bee Keeper

@raziel1687:  I’d have some regular black tea, like english breakfast, for your less adventurous guests. The upside to that is that the black teas are pretty cost effective too. The herbal and Roobios are good options for decaf. The wild orange blossom is good and cost effective, and I think it would be safe as far as appealing to a variety of people. The blueberry bliss roobios is really good too. The other upside to herbal and roobios is that its hard to mess them up by over brewing or under brewing. the White and green teas tend to be tempermental as well as expensive. 

I think that having multiple tea pots will look adorable. Have you looked into the tea warmers that use tea lights? I think the candles would create a nice atmosphere. You will definitely need to designate someone to be your “mad hatter” to coordinate everything though, LOL.

 

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