A friend recently asked me what I thought they should do for church coffee making and I came up with these:
But first, a story. My parish recently redid the basement and kitchen and it's amazing. We built in a water line to hook up a really nice coffee maker. The idea was to actually have fancy coffee
I sourced us some really nice beans, we got a grinder and scale, honestly it is a great set up.

HOWEVER, rather quickly parish input had us weakening the coffee multiple times over. And the brewer, which has some nice features, is mostly operated by a few ppl with know-how
We started with a 17/1 ratio of water to coffee, which is what I use at home. But people found this "too strong."

This is fine, nobody has to like coffee the way I do. But it taught me we need to adjust expectations for church coffee
So based on my recent experience, an average parish just doesn't want fancy coffee. I'd put the scales away and just use scoops; and the grinder away and just get pre-ground. You SHOULD have a recipe over at the coffee station, but you should expect ppl to want 20/1 or weaker
I would prioritize
1) Ease of use - I cannot stress enough how important this is, since many different people with very different levels of machine experience will try to brew coffee on the thing. Nobody needs bells and whistles, so the easier, the better
Look at this thing. You put water in the machine manually, put coffee in the basket, and press an On button. That's what you want. Not even sure getting a plumbed in machine is a good idea(?) webstaurantstore.com/avantco-c15-po…
2) Brew into a vacuum canister of some kind, not onto a hot plate. Get a few extra canisters for bigger events and one specifically for decaf
3) As I mentioned above, I would get pre-ground coffee. Nothing better than Starbucks. I would figure out how to judge by scoop rather than by weight, though I would dial in a recipe by weight initially. 20/1 water to coffee seems right for church use (at home I use 17/1)
There are several brands that have these kinds of options. Fetco, Bunn, Bloomfield, Avantco, etc. The irony is that since these commercial machines control water temp so well they have potential to make especially good coffee!

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