We don’t know about you, but at our office and among our friends, coffee snobbery is at an all-time high. And there’s really nothing wrong with it. We just like our coffee how we like it—and we like it to be good. We’ve already told you that Millennials are hyper-focused on the food at their weddings, and now, coffee is getting the same treatment. Instead of just regular old coffee service with dessert, couples are offering full-blown espresso bars. We did a little research to see if this new trend is worth the spend. Below: a good old list of pros and cons. Sips coffee. Now, let’s begin.
“Caffeinated People are Happy People,” says Espresso Dave, New England’s foremost coffee caterer. He has been in the business of mobile caffeination since 1993 and notes that good coffee keeps the party going all night long.
Customization Station: Customization is king when it comes to coffee bars. If your guests are discerning coffee drinkers, they’ll be given plenty of options, from espresso shots at the reception to lattes (with latte art) with dessert. Espresso Dave even offers grab and go frozen mochaccinos topped with doughnuts or cookies at the end of the night.
Alcohol Alternative: Yes, some people don’t drink. For your guests who don’t drink alcohol, having a coffee bar will give them a nice little buzz, without the booze.
Cost Effective: Feeling overwhelmed by how much the bar is costing but you want to keep the party going late? Forego that last hour of open bar and leave guests with the espresso bar to finish. Their hangovers, and your wallet, will thank you.
Ambiance Shift: Robin Baab of Ro & Co Events has seen that there is a definite ambiance shift when the coffee comes out. Having an espresso bar can transition the dance party to a quieter, calmer after-party, she notes. Though, if you’re down with a coffee-house vibe, throw this to the pros list.
Too Much Buzz: Remember the Four-Loko craze? If we learned anything from that, it’s that alcohol is not caffeine’s best friend. Be sure your guests have gotten the memo and aren’t chasing their vodka shots with espresso shots.
Honest Poop Talk: Coffee makes the bowels start to growl, if you know what I mean. This can certainly be a good thing if you feel like your dress is getting a little tight but let’s be real, you don’t want to spend all your wedding time on the toilet. If your wedding is outside without an abundance of toilet stalls, maybe consider foregoing the espresso bar. A line forming at the bathroom does not a fun party make.