Q&A with Ryan Mason of Roast Coffee Catering
Q: Why should brides consider having an espresso bar at their wedding?
A: “Coffee is such an overlooked piece at any wedding. To do a specialty espresso bar is something that a lot of caterers don’t offer, and that’s where we fit in. It’s a great tie between the after-dinner dessert and dancing. It’s something that people don’t typically see and when they do, they’re really impressed by it. Having an espresso bar also helps people get up after the meal and start dancing. “Any bride can have coffee at their wedding, but we love doing weddings where coffee means something to the bride. Either brides who met their grooms in a coffee shop, or they both work at a coffee shop, or coffee is just part of their story. It can be a unique way to add that bit of personality to your wedding. “Brides also use the coffee bar as their wedding favor a lot. Instead of having a throwaway item on the table, your guests can have a custom beverage that they can enjoy then and there.”
Q: What kinds of drinks does Roast Coffee Catering offer at weddings?
A: “We stay away from plain brewed coffee, because that’s what catering companies handle. Our drinks are meant to add a culinary touch to the meal. We make a roseberry latte, which is strawberry and rosemary. We do a sweet ginger latte, which has hints of ginger and vanilla. We do harvest lattes in the fall. One of our packages offers custom latte flavors that we work with the bride to create, if they want to add in their favorite flavor or match it to their wedding cake. We really do a wide range of beverages.”
Q: What should brides know about budgeting for an espresso bar?
A: “Most brides view having an espresso bar as a luxury item, but it’s not as expensive as you might think it is. We have two different Heather Cook Elliott Manning Photography Photography Heather Cook Elliott Photography packages and can work with a bride to make it as affordable as possible. Also, by having a custom espresso bar, you could be driving down the cost of an open bar since some people may choose coffee over a cocktail.”
Q: What have brides said about having a custom espresso bar?
A: “Brides absolutely rave about it. I’ve had brides tell me that having a coffee bar was a non-negotiable at their wedding. They say their guests are still talking about it months after their wedding — you don’t see it very often, so when you do, it’s something that guests remember.”
To learn more about Roast Coffee Catering visit: http://www.roastcoffeecompany.com/catering/
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