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Topic: coffee for quantity (13 msgs / 292 lines)
1) From: Bill
Question for the list:
A community event is coming up and some fellow homeroasters and I would like
to provide some coffee.  It's a fundraiser for providing for low-income
families and developmentally disabled kids.  Different groups set up booths
of food, lots of restaurants help, and what-not.  Instead of the dreck that
is normally provided, we'd like to do coffee.  For as many as 250 people.
 Which is a bit daunting for us.
I have been thinking about options and it seems that drip filter cones would
be the best way to do it... heat water in electric kettles, pour over
filters into coffee pots, give out 2 oz of coffee, easy clean up and ready
for the next pot.
Is this feasible or do we need our heads examined?  If this is feasible,
I'll have to ask for some advice on brewing next.  But first, let me know if
this is a do-able thing.
bill
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2) From: Brett Mason
Where - what part of USA?
Brett
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3) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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How about experimenting with making an extract and then simply adding 
hot water the day of the event? I did this once by brewing in a 
french press at a very very very strong ratio and it worked well. I 
am not a huge fan of cold brewing but that can be an option too. You 
can also make a pretty good "extract" using pour-over, again, very 
strong, then add hot water at the day of the event. Your idea of 
regular pour-over can work too. I did that once... where are you at? 
near oakland?
Tom
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
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  give out 2 oz of coffee
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Since giving out "2 oz of coffee" sounds like espresso double shots to me!
For 250 it would take one good barista on a three group about an hour and a
half at roughly three doubles a minute:-) Now if making them into Americanos
you'd want a helper to fill the cups with hotwater before the pulls or get
slowed down. You'd blast through roughly 11# for those 250 double shots and
would also need to alternate between two good grinders to avoid overheating.
Not kidding, it would be absolutely fresh no compromise cups of coffee and
it'd be a blast!
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5) From: Brett Mason
Clean a 15Gallon Drum, Dry
Add 10 Gal water, heat to boiling, remove for 1 minute before adding coffee...
Place 5lb coarsely ground coffee in clean new sock, tie closed
Add coffee to boiling water, take off heat
Pull sock after 6 minutes, save
Ladle coffee, enjoy.
  (Best served with 250 fresh baked cinnamon rolls with icing)
Brett
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6) From: John Despres
How big would that sock be for 5 pounds of coffee?
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7) From: Brett Mason
Good point - use appropriate number of socks to hold and filter 5lb coffee....
I am guessing 2-3 socks...
Brett
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8) From: Aaron
Or you could steal one of Shrek's socks and have nuff for the whole town.
Get an old beer keg cut the top out of it and use that with a propane 
torch as your boiler.  I use a similar setup for my beer making.  Or 
just use the copper still... there are plenty of ways to make coffee.
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9) From: Bill
Tom, Brett, Mike,
thanks for the thoughts.  Alas, no where Oakland.  No where anywhere...
middle of nowhere, Cheyenne Wyoming (actually the middle of nowhere is about
300 miles NW of here...).
250 is total size of event.  People milling about, going from one table to
another.  Don't foresee the need to supply everyone at the same time.
Figure about 4 people working.  None of us are espresso people, though.
 Remember, this is the hinterlands of civilization, we're just proud to
roast coffee and press it out... maybe in a few years to the dark side, but
not now...
Could go the extract route... would prefer I think to go with max freshness.
 Unless it just isn't terribly feasible...
Keep the thoughts coming.  I see the brainstorming...
bill
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10) From: Ed Needham
I've done it using two Melitta #6 pourover pots, two electric hot pots and 
two big pump type thermos pots.  The thermos pots are critical because that 
way you can make a pot, pour it in the thermos, and immediately start 
another one.
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11) From: Ed Needham
If you want to use something like this, a brewing sock from a local homebrew 
shop would hold 5 pounds of grain or coffee.
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12) From: Bill
Ed,
what do you use that has 200 degree capabilities?  As far as I understand
it, those coffee urns really only get to around 160... but that's a very
ignorant opinion, supported by absolutely no actual testing.
So, how do you get the water to 200 and keep it there for a period of time?
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13) From: Brett Mason
I'm not Ed, but I would recommend a Vacuum-brewer such as Cory, Silex,
Hairo or Cona...  Sweet Marias has some of these, and they are
incredible....
Brett
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