We, Flamenco Organic Coffee Company, had the pleasure of being the Designated Driver Sponsor for this year’s Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler!
We knew the conditions would be cold and not nearly ideal for mass-brewing of coffee, but we were determined to make it work. The last thing we wanted was for our coffee’s quality and/or reputation to suffer from not brewing fresh or keeping it hot. For that reason, brewing ahead of time or using large holding containers just wasn’t going to work for us.
The first obstacle was not having power, so we rented two gas-powered generators (Honda EU3000) to run the coffee brewers.
We decided to brew using our trusty Grindmaster B-SAP single airpot brewers running on 110 volt in pour-over mode. Each brewer needs roughly 15 amps of power, so the 25 amps that each generator was pumping out was perfect!
We did some brew tests in 20 degrees outdoors the day before the event and had an amazing regeneration time of seven minutes per brewer! This was much faster than we expected which pleased and surprised all of us.
To help simplify matters we decided to only brew in two quart increments. This made measuring our water a cinch due to buying one gallon jugs and essentially pouring half into the brewer for each cycle. We also pre-ground and weighed our coffee dosing a few hours before the event to ensure quick and accurate coffee portion control on every airpot brewed. We generally don’t ever recommend pre-grinding coffee, but we used our awesome 5lb Coffeevac containers to store the coffee fresh and they worked really well. We could offer three different origins of coffee easily this way and didn’t have to worry about the power or mess of a bulk grinder.
Just put a filter with measured coffee into the brew basket, pour two quarts of water into brewer, and press brew button! It was that easy and efficient!
During the actual event the temperatures were around 10-15 degrees and our generator/brewer combo set-up worked like a champ!
We had way more visitors than expected and were able to keep up with the demand almost flawlessly!
We would be happy to help you get set-up to brew coffee for an outdoor event and have these awesome Grindmaster B-SAP brewers in stock currently.
(For pricing or additional product or event coffee brewing information, please Contact Us. Thank you.)