Too often coffee is something that is drunk on the go, grabbed on the way to work or in between meetings, perhaps with a misspelt name scrawled on the side of the cup. It’s time to take back coffee for what it should be: something to languored over, savoured, and enjoyed. What more perfect way to do this than to host a coffee gathering one morning or afternoon, for you, your friends and family to relax and enjoy each other’s company with a nice big cup of coffee.
1. Invite everybody.
I mean everybody. Invite your best friends, your family, neighbours, people you haven’t seen in a decade. This is a great opportunity to not only strengthen old relationships, but build new ones.
2. Come up with a theme.
You don’t need to go crazy, this isn’t a children’s birthday party – although you could take your inspiration from one! Pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey; it’s great fun to be silly every once in a while. If you’d rather go down the sensible route, a book group is a great way to encourage discussion and debate.
There are few things more satisfying and decadent than enjoying a big piece of cake with a hot drink. You may not think you have enough time, or maybe you’ve not done much baking before, but it’s easy to find lots of simple easy to follow recipes. Don’t worry about spending forever on decorating as well, people will enjoy a big rich tray-bake as much as they would a multi-tiered fondant monument.
4. The Coffee
Kopi Luwak is one of the most expensive coffees in the world, and can go for up to $3000 per kilo! What makes it so special is that it is gathered from the droppings of the civet cats who eat the coffee beans. You don’t have to go to these extremes to find some good quality coffee (in fact I think it’s best for everyone that you don’t), though it might be fun to get a few different varieties for people to try. Remember to pick up some decaf, just in case anyone has a caffeine intolerance.
5. Don’t Worry
This is the most important one. You might be hosting, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy it as much as your guests. Relax, enjoy the company and conversation, and don’t pay any mind to the washing up. When everyone has gone, just load everything into the dishwasher with some Finish Quantum dishwasher detergent and even the most imposing looking dried-on coffee stains will be a breeze.
Whatever your motivation for getting everyone together, sit back and enjoy the wonderful gathering that you have created. Take your time, eat, drink, laugh, and let Finish dishwasher detergent take care of the washing up.