Holiday Hosting: Top Tips To Brew For A Crew

Dec 13, 2019

The holidays are just around the corner, so we thought we’d share some tips on how best to brew for a crew of guests.

A lot of us here make our daily coffee through single cup pour overs like the Bee House and Chemex at home, which can be tricky when brewing for a crowd. Here are some helpful hints to you keep you going strong all season long.


French press pots come in different sizes. We like the Bodum, which we sell in a 3-cup and 12-cup in our online shop. See our best brewing practices in our brew guide, and remember when using a press pot, it’s crucial to pour the coffee out of the press after your 4 minute brew is complete. If not, the coffee will keep extracting and you’ll end up with coffee you can chew, and that’s a gift to no one.


These are great options for a smaller crowd, if you have the time and free hands. You can always brew a couple of Chemex batches and pour them into a carafe that will keep your coffee hot; our MiiR Howler will do in a pinch. For a 20 ounce brew, we use 42 grams of coffee (about 6 level tablespoons.)


We have kind of a love affair with the Bonavita Thermal Carafe brewer. It heats the water to the ideal brewing temperature -- around 200 degrees -- allows for a bloom with its shower-like water spray, and shuts off after brewing so your coffee isn’t continuously heating on the heating plate. But wait, there’s more! The insulated carafe keeps your coffee hot for hours. We like like this brewer.


If you do have an electric coffee brewer with a heating plate, we recommend that you turn it off or remove the coffee from the heat after brewing, so as to avoid the old over-cooked gas station coffee situation.

Preheat your brewing device, thermal carafe, and serving vessels with hot water to keep your coffee from cooling down too quickly.

Pour your French press or Chemex brewed coffee into a thermos. For your best bet, don’t keep the coffee in your thermos or carafe for more than an hour, especially when brewing French press.


Our Ethiopia Mordecofe is a prime time dessert coffee – its clean tea-like qualities cut the sweetness of pumpkin and fruit pies.

Honduras Finca El Puente Gesha Natural Process’s intensity of flavor, complexity and acidity balance rich and heavy holiday menus. It’s the Champagne of our holiday coffees!

Our Evergreen blend (on its own or as part of our Holiday Gift Box or Holiday Trio) is an ideal house guest for a gingerbread cottage.

The Guatemala El Injerto Bourbon has delicate bright notes that go along with any menu. It has a great long finish and distinct notes of cocoa.

Hair Bender is a bang up cure for a bender. Make it your New Year’s hangover helper.

As always, we’ve got your back. Feel free to holler at us at or tweet us @stumptowncoffee for brewing tips or suggested coffee pairings.

Happy Holidays!