Coffee Ideas for your Wedding
Coffee Around the World
By Natalie Tsang
November 21, 2011
It's become popular to have a coffee bar at the tail end of the wedding. Coffee and doughnuts is an American classic! Who can say no to biting into a powdered sugar delight in between sips of black coffee? But why don't you give it a European twist? Many of these countries have awesome coffee and tea traditions.
After a long night of celebrating, you and your guests might want to have a short stop in Paris before heading off to bed. Although, cafe au lait is traditionall served in mornings, this coffee and milk mixture is the quintessential French beverage. Serve it with a croissant (butter, almond, or chocolate) for a breakfast-like vibe, or maintain a coffee and dessert feel with a chocolate ganache or custard filled tart. Another luxurious and fun snack is a tartine, a stale baguette smothered in butter and jam, or topped with instant hot chocolate mix.
Or you can go with a cafe creme, the national drink of Switzerland, a mixture of coffee and topped with cream. Savor it with macarons, tuiles, meringues, and other Swiss pastries.
Did you know espresso was invented in Italy? Have a barista serve up espresso based drinks with almond paste pastries. An affogato is a scoop of gelato with expresso poured on top.
And then there's baclava, a traditional Greek pastry made with layers of philo dough and honey, that's perfect with a tiny cup of strong coffee.
If you're more of a tea person, you can hop across the Pacific ocean to Hong Kong, with Hong Kong style milk tea, a strong black tea with a slight burnt taste with evaporated milk and sugar or condense milk, and Portugeuse styled egg tarts.
Or, if you need just a bit of alcohol to round out your evening, you can have buttery and light Irish shortbread with Irish coffee.