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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2007, 2:39am
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...

Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated!
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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2007, 5:33am
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mdreuben Said:

But the bigger question is how to brew the coffee for that many people at one time.  

Posted September 9, 2007 link

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....

 
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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2007, 5:40am
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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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