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Savvy June 2021

Nespresso Coffee Bar at reception?

Laurie, on November 9, 2020 at 3:26 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 18
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Has anyone done something like a nespresso or keurig "bar" at their wedding instead of having a full blown coffee/ espresso service? It would be a self service type station with cups, pods, and yes, a trash can. Some people are night coffee people and I think it'd be a nice offering, but our caterer and bar does not offer coffee as a service.

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Latest activity by Molly, on November 12, 2020 at 2:52 PM
  • Shelly
    Rockstar January 2022
    Shelly Online ·
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    As a guest, I wouldn't mind it! I'm sure you could decorate and dress it up to look really cute! I would suggest having another hot beverage option for guests that aren't coffee drinkers. Maybe hot chocolate, hot cider, or tea?

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  • Lisa
    Super October 2021
    Lisa ·
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    It think it a great idea that offers many varieties! One thing I would be cautious of is the Keurig seems to struggle with continuous use, at least ours does. Depending on the amount of guests, you may want a backup.

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  • Laurie
    Savvy June 2021
    Laurie ·
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    We are planning on having no more than 100 guests- I didn't think about continuous use being an issue but it totally could be. Having 2 or 3 machines could be an option that works.

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  • Laurie
    Savvy June 2021
    Laurie ·
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    True, I could have a single carafe with hot water and some tea/ hot cocoa packets. Not fancy but options.

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  • M
    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    Keurigs aren't designed to be used that frequently at one time. Take a look on Thumbtack.com for espresso catering or ask your favorite local barista if they can cater.
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  • Katie
    Expert January 2021
    Katie ·
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    I would not like this as a guest. If your event is very casual, that's fine. Otherwise, I would opt for a barista or something along those lines.

    Overall, I think the Keurig would be off-putting.

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  • M
    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    For the cost of 2-3 machines plus supplies, you would be better off hiring an espresso caterer. Never forget that you have to include your time and sanity into DIY, which ends up costing more than a pro.
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  • K
    Devoted October 2021
    Kristen ·
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    I love the idea, and as a guest I would so appreciate it! Water refills will be needed if they aren’t the industrial machines.
    That said, I don’t think you need to do other drink options/carafes/ anything requiring maintenance. Coffee is a nice to have, anyone who doesn’t want it will be fine with the other drink options you already have provided.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I think the logistical issue is that keurigs need water to be added - so you're going to need someone to refill the water. other than that, if you have someone refill the water then i think that's a cool option! because keurig pods are not expensive and they're self explanatory really.

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  • Laurie
    Savvy June 2021
    Laurie ·
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    Our event is pretty casual- I think it would fit in OK, but I appreciate your honest opinion! It's definitely not for everyone.

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  • Laurie
    Savvy June 2021
    Laurie ·
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    If we lived in an area that had mobile espresso baristas for hire I'd consider it! Our caterer is a food truck and our bar service won't do hot beverages in the summer (I know.) We already have 2 machines- I'll definitely look at deals on black friday and see if it would make financial sense to get another one or just scrap coffee altogether. We are not doing a ton of DIY stuff (yet) so this seems like a pretty feasible DIY project.

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  • Laurie
    Savvy June 2021
    Laurie ·
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    I appreciate that! We have 3 wait staff that we could task with this, especially as it would probably be used later in the evening.

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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
    Mrs. Spring ·
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    I've seen it before at a wedding and I didn't like it. People would make a mess and wouldn't clean up after themse3
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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
    Mrs. Spring ·
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    *wouldn't clean up after themselves
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  • Natalia
    Expert October 2020
    Natalia ·
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    I enjoy the idea, but I don't think it's very practical. Mainly because a Keurig would not be able to handle the volume of people using it, depending on how many people will be at the reception. If you can get multiple machines and people to refill the water at all times, this could be a very cute station! You can dress it up or down to your liking.

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  • Laurie
    Savvy June 2021
    Laurie ·
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    That's true- People can be gross when they aren't held accountable.

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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
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    Yes ma'am! It's unfortunate because self service is obviously much cheaper
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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
    Molly ·
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    I would look for a coffee vendor. I went to a wedding show and there was a espresso vendor and they made little lattes that were amazing!

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