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Coffee, Tea or Me?

I promised that today would be about setting up a coffee bar for the holidays-but it also works for a party or get-together of any kind-so here we go!

First off, make sure you have several thermoses!  I like to have one for regular, one for decaf and another for a special flavor.  The flavored always goes the fastest in our home.  

When picking out a flavored brew-think about the rest of your meal.  Since we‘re talking about Thanksgiving, remember that you‘re going to be serving things with some fairly bold flavors, so try a kahlua or amaretto.  It is easy to accessorize with all the toppings.

For tea lovers, it’s also nice to have a teapot or a 4th thermos with hot water and some spiced teas or chai tea available.

Set up an area with mugs (cups and saucers are a bit small and cumbersome, unless you‘re using your china for the entire meal-we go with the finest in paper for a crowd our size!).  

Here’s an array better than any coffeehouse would have ready for your family and friends to create their java masterpieces with:

half and half or flavored creamer
sugar, raw sugar, a low calorie sweetener
cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and a grater
shaved chocolate, powdered chocolate, vanilla powder
whipped cream-with or without flavoring
peppermint sticks
IF your crowd is into liquors-kahlua, amaretto, bourbon, whisky, cointreau and chambourd (orange and raspberry).
another nice touch is to have candied orange peel.

As for coffee preparation-we have two, one that is a grind and brew so I can make a freshly ground pot of coffee and one that brews up individual cups.  For the grind and brew, I always figure about a tablespoon of beans for every 6 ounces of water.  However, many people have told me they like to use twice that-let the buyer beware.

We‘re almost up to Thanksgiving-if you have any additions you think would be a great addition to this coffee bar, please share!


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      Kmarie wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • Sounds wonderful

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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 21, 2008
    • I saw the topic and came to see if your recipe was the same as mine. We have a dessert called a coffee bar that is *to die for*. We call them ‘ooey- gooey coffee bars. And then I saw you were posting about ‘a’ coffee bar. :) I thought I might could locate the recipe quickly on the net, but no avail. They are heavily laden with brown sugar and butter, melt in your mouth, sinfully sweet!

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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • DeeDee-I would dearly love for you to share this recipe with me!!!

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      Lovehearts wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • i would also love the recipe. thanks!!!

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      Lovehearts wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • hey i just found this as i googled coffee bars might even try to bake them today...Dee Dee is this the same recipe as yours

      Coffee Bars  

      “Cut into large or small bars.”
      Original recipe yield 2 - 3 dozen  

      INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
      1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 teaspoon baking powder
      1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      1/2 cup milk
      2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
      1/4 cup butter
      1 cup white sugar
      1 cup confectioners’ sugar
      1 egg
      1 cup chopped almonds
      3 cups confectioners’ sugar
      1/3 cup evaporated milk
      1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract  

      Combine flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt; set these dry ingredients aside.
      Combine milk and instant coffee in saucepan, and heat at a medium low setting. Stir until coffee dissolves, and remove from the heat.  

      In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the white sugar and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar.
      Beat in the egg, and then beat in the coffee mixture. Gradually blend in the mixture of dry ingredients, and fold in the almonds.  

      Spread dough evenly in a 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

      To Make Frosting: Put 1 cup of the confectioners’ sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat in the evaporated milk and vanilla extract.
      Gradually beat in remaining 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar. Continue beating until of desired consistency.
      If consistency is too thick, add a little more milk; if it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
      Frost the bars with the icing.  


        Very, very good!! Nice flavors and the frosting is yum! the coffee gives a texture that is devine  

        Very, very good!! Nice flavors and the frosting is yum! the coffee gives a texture that is devine MORE MORE  

        These turned out delicious! Butter is not necessary if you want. I substitued 1 tbs oil, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, and 1 tbs half and half. I also used an extra 1/4 tsp of cardamom. I ended up with too much liquid, so i used this to make the frosting by mixing what was left in the bowl with powdered sugar. This i drizzled on the bars as soon as they came out of the oven. delicious!!

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