Entertaining: When do you serve coffee and tea?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Here is an interesting dinner party etiquette. Did you know that the most traditional and common way to serve coffee or tea during a dinner party is just after dessert? The rule is that you should wait till your guests finish eating and only then you bring on the hot beverages.

Balazs and I like to be more practical, so we tend to offer coffee up front as soon as our guests arrive. It’s probably because most of them are huge coffee lovers anyway and they are always up for it. The good part is that while Balazs takes care of brewing, I get a few extra minutes to sort out the table.

And of course, we also serve another portion of coffee/tea just before the dessert for the same reason. Some of the guests like to enjoy it with the dessert while others have a quick espresso shot before-hand and then they pair up their sweet treat with a glass of wine.

I’m totally curious, how do you do it? I know that there are so many ways depending on cultures. So do tell, when do you serve coffee or tea while having people over for a dinner? Can't wait to read your customs. xo

P.S: Tricks and tips to a perfect dinner party and this snazzy progressive-dinner in Paris.
P.P.S: All things coffee and the photo below made me giggle.

(via The Kitchn. Photos by Leo Patrone for Kinfolk, 16House & Luisa Brimble)


Melissa Blake said...

I never knew that! I always go for the hot chocolate, though. ;)

Diana Mieczan said...

Melissa, you make me crave hot chocolate right now:) Yum!

mr. pineapple man said...

MMm~~~~ loving the photos too!

evasuejane. said...

coffee is always a'brewin' at our house.. but we usually serve it bfore/with/after dessert.


That Girl in Pearls said...

Coffee is certainly always welcome at our home. Especially since we finally got a Keurig! How did we ever live without that thing??

Peace and Well Wishes,

That Girl in Pearls

Unknown said...

in Egypt people like to drink tea right after any meal and if we had guests coming for dinner we serve coffee before the meal, but of course it all depends on what your guests want .. nice post, Diana

Diana Mieczan said...

B, I love Keurig! Our friend has it.Hmm.. I totally should get one too.

Diana Mieczan said...

Heba, how interesting that in Egypt you serve tea after the meal and coffee before the meal.

Inés said...

Diana, I never think to offer coffee as soon as our guests arrive, but I love the idea...here in the Southend of the world, we offer a glass of wine or bear, depending os the appetizer...we serve coffee or tea always after dessert, with pettit fours, or chocolate treats...

Big hugs!


Diana Mieczan said...

Glad you like it, Inés:) xo

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