Most of us associate coffee with waking up and staying alert. It is a beverage that is often consumed on the run, grabbed quickly on the way to work or in between two meetings. Many of us are not even aware of the fact that coffee was traditionally a drink that one languored over and savoured over easy conversation. It’s time to give coffee the respect it commands, and there’s no better way to do this than to host a coffee get-together on an afternoon, with your friends and family to sit around and enjoy each other’s company with a nice big cup of coffee.
- Invite everybody.
Everybody means everybody. Invite your best friends, family members, neighbors, people you haven’t seen in years. The coffee gathering is a golden opportunity to strengthen old relationships, and also build new ones.
- Come up with a theme.
When we say ‘theme’, we don’t mean to imply that you should go crazy – after all, this isn’t a children’s birthday party! But you could actually take some inspiration from the last birthday party you organized – it’s time to go silly and plan such activities as pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey. But if this seems too childish to you, it is better to have a more sensible approach and organize a book group or an afternoon of discussion and debate.
There are few pleasures in life greater than enjoying a big piece of sponge cake with a piping hot drink. You might not have too much time on your hands, or you might think you’re not an expert baker, but it’s easy to find lots of simple recipes for tea-time cakes. Don’t get into intricate recipes that take forever to complete – opt to have a simple cake that your guests can help you decorate – the point is to have a coffee gathering, not impress your guests with a multi-tiered fondant!
- The Coffee
Kopi Luwak is one of the most expensive coffees in the world; it is sold for up to $3000 per kilo! It is this expensive because it is sourced from the droppings of the civet cats who eat the coffee beans. You don’t need to go these extremes to find some high quality coffee (in fact, it’s best if you don’t!) but it is fun to try a few different varieties of coffee that your guests can enjoy. Also set aside some decaf for those guests with caffeine intolerance.
- Don’t Worry
This is really important: You are hosting, but you shouldn’t be slaving in the kitchen all the time. You must also enjoy the party as much as your guests. So relax, enjoy the company and conversation, and don’t let your mind dwell on the mountains of washing up to do later. When your guests leave, just pop everything into the dishwasher with some Finish Quantum dishwasher detergent – even the most stubborn dried-on coffee stain will be gone by the time the dishwasher is done.
So whatever the theme or reason for putting together a coffee party, it’s time for you to sit back, eat, drink, laugh and enjoy your own party as much as the others will – and let Finish dishwasher detergent do the washing up.