Post # 1
Anyone used coffee as a favor? Since I’m of Indian descent and he’s from Seattle we’re giving out coffee and tea as favors, and I’m wondering if anyone has found a place that sells the freeze dried one-pot coffee bags. He says that the "pillow packs" are often stale, so he really wants the freeze dried ones (I don’t drink enough coffee to have an opinion). I’ve seen them as stocking stuffers around the Holidays, but anyone know where to buy them other times of year? We really don’t want to use the personalized ones b/c we want it to be one of the Seattle companies. All the coffee warehouse websites I’ve seen only sell the pillow and filter packs.
Post # 3
I really love your idea. My husband and I are coffee and tea lovers. For our favors we bought local loose tea, put some in a little mesh bag, tied it with a ribbon, and included an infuser. We put all of this in a 3x3x3 white box, tied it with some ribbon, and added our guests name and table number- so our favors served as escort cards 🙂
If you can’t find freeze dried one pot coffee bags, couldn’t you buy fresh beans- have them ground up and do your own version of this? That way they would be fresh, and more then likely your guests would use them immediatley.
Post # 4
@fizicsgirl: The only freeze dried coffee I know of is instant coffee. Can you elaborate on what you’re looking for?
Post # 5
Maybe freeze dried isn’t the right word…I think it’s just regular ground coffee but the packages are vacuum sealed? (I’m not a big coffee person as you can tell). I’ve seen them maybe around holiday time…
Post # 6
Q. Does Vacuum sealing keep coffee fresh?
So, you know how all the coffee companies advertise how they seal in the freshness of their coffee by vacuum packing it? The value of vacuum-sealing coffee is all a big myth…it’s all about marketing.
When coffee is ground, the volatile gases that make up that wonderful coffee aroma we all love are released. Along with this, the grounds of coffee are obviously exposed to oxygen – fresh coffee’s enemy – and the coffee begins to de-gas or "go stale".
Coffee should be immediately packaged after it is ground so that it’s exposure to air is minimal. And, the bags should have a one-way valve that lets gas out but doesn’t allow air in. If you sealed the bag and it had no valve, the bag would eventually burst from the gases being released.
Herein lies the myth of vacuum-sealed fresh coffee. Vacuum-sealing requires that the coffee be ground and left exposed to the air – typically for 2-3 days. This allows all of the gases and aromas to dissipate and accelerates the staling of the ground coffee. If this is not done, the bags or cans into which it is to be packed would burst at the seams from the gases that fresh ground coffee releases. So, the bottom line is that vacuum-sealing requires that the coffee be stale.
Random bit of wisdom take it for what it’s worth and share with your hubby.
As for coffee favors, I love the idea. Have you thought about "designing your own roast" of mixes beans? Basically you can use and favor idea that has M&Ms in a favor, and replace it with whole beans.
Post # 7
We were thinking of coffee favors as well, but we might go the chocolate covered coffee beans route. That way people can munch on them all night while having enough energy for dancing/moving around since ours is a cocktail reception. I will most likely buy favor boxes in bulk and then stamp them with a floral motif with a pretty ribbon. Starbucks has really good chocolate coffee candy but you can probably find it everywhere.