Buying Guide for Coffee and Tea for a Large Crowd
This is a time for celebrations... family reunions, graduations, showers, weddings... and not all of them are catered. In fact, more and more people are trying to do more of the preparation themselves. Catering can be expensive, and sometimes it just makes sense to do all or part of it yourself.
A good place to start is beverages. You can start with the coffee and tea. It can be easily done with just a bit of planning.
This is a guide to help you determine the amounts of coffee, tea, cream and sugar to purchase for your party.
I hope you find this helpful.
Tea is, of course, a little easier than coffee. You need to figure on a coffee maker for hot water… and the amount of tea bags to purchase… thankfully, unused tea bags don’t generally go to waste… but it is helpful to consider purchase amounts when figuring your budget.
I tried finding a guide for purchasing tea for large parties (not tea parties) just to see how my amounts compare… and couldn’t find a good resource… so these are my suggestions.
When figuring how much tea to buy…I usually figure ½ the number of guests… unless you know that most of your guests would prefer tea over coffee…tea bags aren’t expensive… I’d rather have a few too many than not enough… the cream and sugar is figured in with the coffee purchase guide below….
Don’t forget to purchase lemon for the tea drinkers…. The easiest solution is to get bottled lemon juice… I never get the one in the green bottle… I always get fresh or frozen… either the one in the produce section that is in a plastic lemon container or the frozen Minute Maid one in the freezer section. You could also serve lemon wedges.
To heat the water for tea…you can usually rent a large coffee urn for $20-25(US) for large parties…. or use a 12-cup coffee maker for smaller parties…or if you have them…. you can also use insulated coffee urns and fill them with hot water …again, depending on the size of the party.
Don’t be afraid of asking friends or relatives to borrow a large coffee maker… many people have them… and it could save you some money.
The following coffee serving guide is from Pillsbury’s Spring Celebrations soft cookbook, Pillsbury Classics 27, 1983.
Amounts to Purchase
Coffee - Serving Size = 1-1 ½ cups
For 25 Servings = ½ to ¾ pound
For 50 Servings = 1- 1 ½ pounds
For 100 Servings = 2-3 pounds
Coffee Cream - Serving Size = 2 teaspoons
For 25 Servings = 1 pint
For 50 Servings = 1quart
For 100 Servings = 2 quarts
Sugar Cubes - Serving Size = 1-2 cubes
For 25 Servings = ¾ pound
For 50 Servings = 1 ½ pounds
For 100 Servings = 3 pounds
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