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    Party dilemma

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    I will be hosting an afternoon tea for 25-35 people and don't want to offer espresso based drinks, purely from a time perspeective, because I know if I did, I'd be making 90% milkys and 10% teas, plus seconds. Whereas if I only offered that 'I' stuff it would be 95% tea.

    What options, do I have for supplying 20-30 cups of coffee, in a timely manner other than instant?

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    Make cold brew concentrate in advance and add hot water as needed
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    French press? You might have 1 or two already and could probably rustle up a few more from guests?

    I do like the idea of a cold drip for afternoon tea. Just not sure about the hot water.

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    Party dilemma

    Could purchase a Brazen brewer from CS here and ask Andy nicely for an extra carafe. You'd then quickly have 2.4L of pourable tasty hot coffee ready to go.

    Some like it weaker to which you could add a little hot water before the milk lovers add that to their coffee.

    An urn on the side for hot water for teas and coffee top ups.

    Large cold brew batch idea from Melbroaster sounds good too and adding the hot water from the urn.

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    I like the idea of the Brazen, but not sure I could justify the cost for a one off event, especially when I'm sayng I 'need' a Behmor. And I doubt hubby would appreciate it as his 60th birthday pressie, a bit like buying me a circular saw.

    I'll give the cold brew a try, the drip method looks a bit fiddly to setup. I've got 5 weeks to get it right and work out which beans to use if I think its good with hot water added.

    If that doesn't work, I'll get an extra plunger and offer that to the handful of true non tea drinkers.

    Thanks for your input.
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    For a large batch you'd be better off doing your cold press via immersion. You can make 10l or even more at a time that way.


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    Thats what I meant by cold brew, soak & strain

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    The advantage of a plunger is that you can make lots and if you make it strong for that that like coffee will get a nice cuppa and those that like it weak can dilute it with hot water easily. A couple of large plungers will mean that everyone will get their coffees at about the same time and they are not expensive.

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    Depending on your local op shops you might pick up the plungers for a few dollars

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    Or go to ikea and spend pocket change on a new one...

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    Lightbulb

    Ikea isn't an option, 4hr round trip & half a tank of petrol, plus what I'd spend on other stuff I don't need 🤔

    I've got some Ethiopian Gambella Sundried soaking in the fridge at the moment, so will make a decision as to whether that is acceptable when diluted with boiling water tomorrow.

    I've got time to do the rounds of the op shops to see what I can find. If I have to buy new plungers I might reconsider the Brazen, it would get more use, I could justify it for an after dinner/mid TDF decaf..... keep going Caryn, you'll talk yourself into it by the end of next week😆
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    After my experiment with cold brew I have decided its not an option for making hot drinks in this situation, especially if milk were to be added, but I will definitely be exploring it further in the warmer weather.

    Plunger shopping tomorrow



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