(Closed) Coffee as Favors – whole bean or grounds? Quantity?

posted 4 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Grounds would be the more crowd friendly option. As you stated, many will not have a grinder. Most hotels provide single servings of coffee, which is the size to have if your guests will be making coffee in their rooms the next day. I have been noticing more of the pods or keurig in hotel rooms. For home use you should aim for 2oz servings. People can adjust according to their taste

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

anothernewbee16:  2oz is good, 1/2 lb would be a bit much. Not everyone drinks coffee. 

The 2 oz quantity would remain the same in grounds vrs beans.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ground is better imo cause like you said, not everyone will have a grinder.   I have one though, so I’d pick whole if it was offered.  Can you do a mix?  Mostly ground,  but a few whole for the coffee snobs that prefer that?  

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Love the idea!! 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

anothernewbee16:  I’m going to offer a slightly different opinion to you as I have worked for Starbucks for a very long time. Yes, ground is more convinent for your guests but not everyone has the same coffee maker. Coffee needs to be ground for the specific filter type that the machine uses. If it is the wrong grind, the coffee flavor will be off (too strong or weak). Also, it is said that ground coffee looses it’s peak freshness after one week. I would say that it lasts longer though. As a side note, people can always bring in any coffee they have in whole bean to any Starbucks and we will grind it (free of charge) as well. 

Question, would you be getting them preground from the supplier or grinding yourself? If you do the grinding yourself, go for a “6” setting on the grinder, which is the grind between the two most widely used filters. The paper-cone filter is a “5” grind and the flatbottom filter is a “7” grind. A grind on the 6 setting will be right between the two and will work for either filter just fine. 

Hope that makes sense and if you have any more coffee related questions, feel free to ask me! 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

pinkshoes:  This is an awesome idea. Mostly ground, but some whole bean for those who prefer to grind themselves! 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2017

I vote go with whole bean, or a mix. And definately go with single serving if you are on a budget, half pound bags per guest or even couple can be over $500 really fast if you aren’t careful.

Doing whole bean vs ground shouldn’t be too much of a weight change, but if you are doing ground coffee, I would go with the first bags you posted, because it seems like the next selection of bags may make it so the some grounds fall out.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

Not trying to be Negative Nancy, but something to consider…..do people still use regular coffee makers? I only ask because (I do not drink coffee, so there is that), everyone I know has a Keurig.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Such a cute idea. I kind of want to do coffee mugs with little bags of grounds as favors because we love going to coffee shops to read and it feels very us, but we’re working on the logistics — out of town guests and mugs don’t travel super well. You can’t please everyone. We’re also having cake and donuts and welcome bags. I mean, the point is that we want the guests to know we care. But you’ll drive yourself crazy worrying about grind type and Keurig and not everyone loves coffee. Well, no, not everyone loves any favor. I think as long as you know your crowd and what they like, it will be good. Aim for meaningful to you but something you know guests will enjoy and the other details won’t matter!

 

Inspiration:

Our wedding is Out of Town for most guests, and I want to treat it as a sort of destination for them. Instead of personalization like initials, I’d love to do a mug with local iconography so that it is more like a travel souvenir:

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

SLOBee:  We have a keurig and it died within a year. I went back to a regular old coffee maker so I must be weird. Keurig has pods where people can put in their own grounds so it would not be an issue for an keurig owners. The pods are maybe $4 and save so much money over the keurig pods so many have them already.

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