mdreuben Senior Member Joined: 20 Oct 2002 Posts: 188 Location: Cleveland Expertise: Professional
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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2007, 3:39am Subject: Dinner Party For 40 - Need to brew good coffee
We're having a dinner party for forty people in a few weeks, and I'll be roasting one of my favorites - La Minita Estate. But the bigger question is how to brew the coffee for that many people at one time. I shudder at the thought of one of those large percolator catering things...
I'd say brew using your preferred method (vac pot?) and put the brew into a couple of insulated airpots for serving.
The airpots can be found at WalMart for about $15 each and they do a great job preserving fresh brewed coffee.
If the Vac is too much hassle then get a cheap Melitta cone (prefereably No. 6 size) and some filters. I find the paper filters very forgiving and easy to clean up, and with a pourover setp (cone + kettle) you can brew alot of coffee pretty quickly....
Posted Sun Sep 9, 2007, 6:40am Subject: Re: Dinner Party For 40 - Need to brew good coffee
In two hours I'll be brewing two 1.5 gallon Luxus thermal containers at our church. I use a Melitta 103 atop these things, with a homemade "#10" filter cone made from 5 micron nominal filtering polyester felt. The throughput allows me to properly extract from 10 ounces of grind (this crew doesn't quite like full strength) using a bit under 2 quarts of water. I use a grind that dictates wet-time of about 3 minutes, so this goes fast.
The benefit of this poly material is its fast throughput and lack of fines.
My technique is to pre-infuse, do a pour (stirring gently to promote flow), let most of the brew go through. Another pour, let brew pass through. Another, etc., until extraction is optimal.
A good grinder is essential, of course.
We just can't afford a good large brewer for the church. Yet.
This is basically large-scale Chemex.
If you'd like to try it, I'll be happy to send you some poly or sew up a cone or two for you.
Cleanin' the suckers is the only pain. But anyone who's used cotton bags in large urns won't be put off by it (that's what, 1% of us around here? ;-)
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