Post # 1
FI is a big coffee drinker. Our venue only serves the filtered stuff so we’ve decided to bring in our own coffee pod machine (& lots of capsules) for those who enjoy coffee –
We don’t have a dedicated staff member attending the machine as it’s a ‘coffee self serve station’.
This is the machine:
We think it’s pretty simply to use – but shoudl we provide instructions or is that going overbaord?
I even thought rather than typing them out, take a series of pictures (maybe 3?), print them out to serve as some sort of guidance – or is this overkill?
I even think cartoon picutres may work best as instructions can be simplified…
Has anyone brought their own machine to the venue & not had a barrista?
Post # 3
It’s not a good idea unless it’s a very small reception. A home coffee pod machine takes too long to make a cup for it to be practical for a group. I’d hate to be stuck in line behind the guy who volunteered to bring coffee back to everyone at his table! Plus it’s going to be messy amd someone will need to be in charge of keeping the water full.
Tell your Fi to put some baileys in the filter coffee. He will survive a day without his pod machine.
FWIW I had someone bring a pod machine to a team meeting of about 20 people. Epic failure.
Post # 4
I think that is a great idea. Not everyone is aware how to use one of these and the last thing you need is someone ruining their drink or worse – breaking a pod trying to fidget with it.
As long as it is the basic steps like – put the coffee in like this, press this button, when done remove coffee like this and throw out.
Post # 5
Have you checked with your venue to see if you are allowed to do this?
Post # 6
@julies1949: Yep! They said that as long as it is small, it is fine.
@Horseradish: good point re the ‘maintenence’ i will ensure that there are instrucitons for the staff re the water & emptying of pods.
We like the idea, the wedding is a representation of us. And everyone knows that FI = good coffee.
Post # 7
I think two people had coffee/tea at our 42 person wedding! So I think you’ll be okay as long as there are clear directions!
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: clear directions look to be a must!
Now to figure out how to create these directions…
Post # 9
Mehhhhhh…. pods are incredibly wasteful and the coffee is not better than a good cup of drip, plus it’s really difficult to find pods that are recently roasted as most of them are stocked way in advance. Are you stocking your own home-made pods for this? If not, the result will probably be about the same, taste wise, as just giving the venue specific instructions and a few good bags of recently roasted/ground beans for their drip machines. Less consumer waste, less hassle, less line, better coffee= win!
They DO look fancy, though…