(Closed) Coffee Favors HELP!

posted 7 months ago in DIY
Post # 2
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I love the idea. But as an aside I think edible favours go down better. If your doing his and hers I’d do coffee and tea or gin and whiskey. I just think the bath salts would be left, and that would be sad. I appreciate that’s not what you were asking.

We get a coffee delivery every month and if always comes in special sealed bags. They easily last the month. But I’ve never thought of repacking it. Will ask Darling Husband when he gets home.

Post # 3
5920 posts
Bee Keeper

I wouldn’t pack up fresh coffee more than a week before the wedding. I’m not sure how you’re doing bath salts, but 90 packets of coffee shouldn’t take more than a few hours at most to pack up. 

Post # 4
2990 posts
Sugar bee

gunnabamissus :  I’d prefer coffee over the bath salts. If coffee pod machines are common in your area, that would be a better idea when it comes to freshness. Each guest could receive a pod of exquisite coffee such as Puerto Rican coffee. There’s a family in Puerto Rico who owns a coffee farm – arabica  – and process their coffee; it is simply heavenly, and they also sell online: http://www.cafehsp.com

Post # 5
754 posts
Busy bee

I don’t like this hers is bath salts and his is coffee. I’d rather coffee than bath salts..

Post # 6
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I guess I’m a minority where I would actually choose the bath salts over coffee (not a huge coffee person anymore). I would say pack both up in cute little mason jars and tie with a ribbon a few days before the wedding to make sure both are as fresh as can be. 

Post # 7
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’d recommend leaving the coffee until the week before the wedding and trying to make sure the individual jars are airtight. In general, you want to minimize the time between grinding and brewing coffee. You also want your beans to be as fresh as possible for the best flavor. I used to be a barista, and I would always grind my beans right before brewing. 

The coffee you choose and the roast you pick will make a difference. Something you could do is find a roast you like and then reach out to the customer service representative of that company to find out what they would suggest. They will be able to give you more specifics about their coffee. They might tell you that it will last for months or days. But then you will be able to plan!

But the thing with coffee is that most people don’t really have a sophisticated coffee palette (even if they think they do). So if the coffee isn’t perfectly fresh…well there’s a good chance that most people won’t notice. Especially if they are used to buying ground beans in bulk already. The people who do have a sophisticated coffee palette tend to be a rare bunch or faking it!

I know you didn’t ask this, but since people are chiming in, I think the bath salts are a great idea. Bath salts are super popular right now and are a great way to help your guests unwind after a long night of dancing. Besides, I’m assuming your guests could take either, so the sourpusses here could still have their coffee even if they didn’t want the bath salts. 

Post # 10
8721 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

gunnabamissus :  Why do you have to gender them? I’d take the coffee and my husband would take the bath salts. You can put both out and give people a choice without implying anything about their genitals. I know this isn’t what you asked, but clearly it’s what jumped out at several people, meaning your guests are likely to be put off by it too. No, nobody would say anything to you about it, but do you want to be known — even quietly — as the person who thinks women shouldn’t drink coffee?

Regarding the question — if you’re concerned about freshness, I’d give beans rather than ground coffee. It’s really not that big a deal in any case. People who aren’t coffee snobs will not notice a difference of a few weeks either way, and people who are coffee snobs will probably have opinions about the beans/grind/roast anyway and you can’t please everyone all the time.

Post # 12
7415 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’d do chocolate-covered coffee beans and tie the bags with a little lavendar ribbon.  People are very particular about their coffee and lots of folks have the pod/packet machines so whole beans or loose grounds won’t work in their machines.  It would be a shame to spend a lot of money and effort on favors that people leave behind, but edible stuff is usually a big hit (especially when it’s chocolate…)

Post # 13
1921 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

gunnabamissus :  Because I am a coffee snob… I would recommend not buying the coffee too far in advance. Also, are you going local small brew company? Or something like Folgers? If Folgers, I wouldn’t take the coffee. 

I recommend contacting a local coffee roaster and see if they sell the tiny bags pre-sealed. Here are two fantastic roasters: https://www.germack.com/ or https://harvestcafecoffee.com/

Side note, I just read more comments. I, for one, didn’t take the “his and hers” any differently then a his and hers special drink the bar would offer. It’s a this is what the bride likes, this is what the groom likes… not men must take this and females this… 

Post # 14
1894 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

gunnabamissus :  I’m sorry you’re getting so much unasked for and irrevelant feedback. Anyway, have you considered chocolate covered espresso beans? Those would likely last longer. Or there are other coffee flavored treats that might work. Just an idea to keep your overall theme but have an easier time with preservation and freshness. If you want to stick with coffee, I’d agree that beans would likely stay fresh longer, but most people don’t own grinders. I just recently got one, but still most people I know, even the coffee lovers, don’t have one. There’s also individual packages of coffee grinds, but that will run higher in cost. 

I’d say to achieve the most freshness with coffee grinds, I wouldn’t prepare the jars more than a week in advance. 

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