how fast do you empty a 2.5 liter airpot at your shop?
If you are opening your shop in a week, this may be too late.
What about using an 8 cup vac-pot for brewing, than keep it warm as it waits to be used. Depending on how busy your shop is you could have 2 or 3 of them ready to go.
For the flavor extraction and freshness, this might even be one of the best options.
BTW... keep us all posted on how your shop goes after opening.
Mike said:Thanks for the advice on airpots. It's refreshing to read this discussion about brewing to order vs. preparing for folks in a rush and its relation to a shop's role in the community. This is something I've been thinking heavily about as we prepare to open up in a week or so. The range of opinions available here is great food for thought! I'm really hoping we can both develop and maintain high coffee standards while also taking a role in community building.