4. Decaf & Lowfat. Be sure to have a decaf coffee (and tea) option, as well as nonfat milk, if people in your crowd prefer it. (We know…it seems like the last thing calorie-counters need to worry about during Christmas dinner—but that’s the point.)
5. Coffee Before Cocktails. If it’s cold in your ‘hood, guests may appreciate a hot cup of coffee when they walk in the door.
6. Blender Drinks. Take out the blender so you can make iced lattes and blender drinks for those looking for something cold. Freeze coffee in ice cube trays prior to the event.
7. No Surprises. If you have a new coffee maker or brewing gadgets, test it long before company comes.
8. Coffee To Go. Find holiday-themed “to go” cups and lids so you can send guests home with a hot cup of coffee for the road. Those with a long ride ahead will be grateful. We found a cache of inexpensive green, red and silver travel mugs that we bought as party favors. Every guest is leaving with one, filled with hot coffee or tea.
9. Coffee For Large Groups. If you’re brewing coffee for a crowd in a high-capacity urn, consider storing and serving coffee in carafes after brewing. Carafes keep coffee hot and fresh, while urns may “burn” your brew over time.
10. BYOC. Be different and bring coffee—especially Christmas coffee. While most guests bring wine, you’ll be as distinct and tasteful as your gift of Eight O’Clock Coffee.