How To Serve Coffee

You take your time and always try to serve wine properly, but what about other beverages? Below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to properly serve coffee, tea and espresso.

 

Step By Step Coffee Service

 

  • Make sure coffee is fresh. Brewed within the last 30 minutes.
  • Fill coffee cup with hot in order to warm.
  • After 30 seconds empty the water out of cup.
  • Place coffee cup on tray.
  • Place saucer on tray. (Keep separate from cup to keep from breaking.)
  • Place demitasse spoon on saucer.
  • Fill creamer cup (if necessary)
  • Place all on tray.
  • Present coffee to guest by placing cup on saucer, then place both at the same time on table.
  • Make sure handle is facing toward the guest.
  • Place creamer and sugar next to coffee. (If applicable.)
  • Pour coffee into cup.
  • Coffee should be served before the arrival of dessert.

 

Step By Step Tea Service

  • Fill cup with hot water to warm up.
  • After 30 seconds, empty water out of cup.
  • Place flavor of tea on tea trivet.
  • Fill tea pot with hot water.
  • Place demitasse spoon on saucer.
  • Cut lemon wedge and place on saucer with demitasse spoon.
  • Place tea pot, tea, cup and saucer on tray.
  • Add honey or milk, in appropriate container, to tray.
  • Place honey or milk to the right of guest.
  • Present tea to guest by placing cup and saucer on the table  to the right of guest, with handle facing toward guest.
  • Tea should be served before the arrival of dessert.

 

Step by Step Espresso Service

 

  • Make espresso according to espresso machine directions.
  • Place cup filled with espresso on saucer.
  • Place demitasse spoon on saucer.
  • Peel lemon rind, twist and add to saucer.
  • Place all on tray.
  • Present espresso to guest by placing on table to the right of guest.
  • Espresso should be served with dessert.

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