Coffee Helps Make Your Holiday Brunch Merry and Bright

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Whether you’re trying to make more time for family, or create a new tradition with your most cherished friends, a festive brunch is a wonderful way to bring people together during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. With a little planning—and, of course, enough coffee—hosting a holiday brunch is easy! 

Planning Your Menu

Brunch is best when you offer sweet and savory options, including some sort of egg dish, and plenty of coffee. Beyond that, feel free to get creative with your menu planning.

If you’re cooking for a crowd this year, preparing family-style brunch dishes can help save you time in the kitchen so you can spend more time at the table with family and friends. A frittata, quiche or egg casserole is a great when made ahead of time. And tried-and-true breakfast combinations — bacon, potato and egg; French toast, cinnamon and cream cheese — are easily transformed into casseroles that can be prepared the night before and warmed in the oven when your guests arrive.

To save even more time, sausage and bacon can be cooked in the oven so you’re not hovering over a frying pan, and fresh fruit can be chopped and refrigerated until you’re ready to serve. 

Start with a Festive Blend

Coffee is a great way to share the warmth of the holidays with those who matter most. And your coffee selection should reflect the season. This year, look for festive options like Starbucks® Holiday Blend coffee. Welcome home the holidays with this blend of bright Latin American and smooth Indonesian coffees.  Sweet and layered, ever elegant sip celebrates the joy of the season. It’s like a little taste of merriment for everyone’s cup.

For perfect coffee, start with high quality beans. Be sure to use fresh, cool water along with the proper grind setting for your coffee maker. And always check the package for instructions and brewing proportions. For Starbucks® coffees, the suggested ratio is 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 fluid-ounces of water.

How to Pair Perfectly

There’s a simple trick to perfect pairings for your holiday brunch table: just look at the tasting notes on the coffee package. For example, Starbucks® Holiday Blend coffee is a crowd-pleasing blend that’s sweet and balanced with sweet maple notes, so it would pair equally well with a potato-and-egg breakfast casserole with fresh sage, or French toast with maple syrup. With flavored coffees, like Starbucks® Peppermint Mocha coffee, consider what flavors complement the more unique flavor, peppermint. Think: chocolate chip pancakes or a coffee cake. Coffee cake is also a great match for Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast coffee, which features subtle notes of cocoa and toasted nuts.

Setting the Table

With coffee mugs, juice and water glasses, and family-style entreés, a brunch table can get pretty crowded. Keep things bright with minimal dishware and skip the candles (it’s daytime after all).

When it comes to festive table decor, opt for a simple centerpiece. A single arrangement of seasonal wild flowers always works, or mix things up by filling small glass jars with trimmed winter buds or fresh cold-weather herbs, like sage.

Focus on Memories, Not Meals

Remember that everyone understands the holidays are a hectic time. The most important thing is making memories with those you hold dear. No one is going to judge you for picking up some beautiful pastries and brewing a fresh pot of Starbucks® Holiday Blend coffee. After all, everyone loves the smell of coffee, so simply brewing it is a quick way to transform your home into a warm, welcoming place this holiday season.

Just make sure you have enough coffee on hand, because once they smell it, everyone is going to want a cup—or three! 

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