Are you coffee-obsessed? Or always looking for that daily caffeinated pick-me-up? A few weeks ago, we helped you put together the perfect home bar. But if alcohol isn't really your thing, a coffee bar may be the perfect addition to your home! Coffee bars take up a lot less space than an actual home bar, and, if you're an avid coffee drinker, you already have everything you need! A coffee station puts all of your coffee-making supplies in one convenient area and can make your space feel like a professional café within the comforts of home. So whether you want to set up a coffee station to make guests feel welcome or simply to make your daily coffee feel more like a treat, here are the steps to putting the perfect coffee station together.
Pick a Spot
When putting a coffee bar together, the first step to consider is picking the spot. Usually, this depends on the type of coffee machine that you use. Simple pour over or french press kits can fit in small spaces, whereas larger espresso machines may need more room. You can create the perfect coffee bar with just a small designated counter space, using a tray or shelf to corral all your items. Make use of any extra cabinet space to store your coffee maker and design a hidden coffee station. Or create your own space by using a rolling cart instead. Just make sure that your coffee bar is located near an outlet and, if the machine you use lets off steam, it is not located directly under a shelf as this can cause damage.
Now for the fun part! Before you start, make a note of everything that you want to go into your coffee station. If you regularly drink coffee, you most likely already have all of the essentials. This includes not just the coffee and coffee maker itself but also everything you need to make the perfect cup of coffee. The number one, most obvious item to include is the coffee machine. Whether your preference is a coffeepot, pour-over, press, or single-serve, you'll need a way to make your caffeine fix. Next you’ll need the actual coffee itself such as coffee beans (and a coffee grinder if you need one), coffee cups, or single coffee serving packets.
Some other items to include in your station are:
6-8 mugs or coffee cups
sugar, and sweetener
flavorings such as cinnamon and syrups
Yummy treats like biscotti or cookies
Also, be sure to include some non-caffeinated options for any guests. Examples include teas and single-serve hot chocolate.
Personalize Your Space
Who said organization couldn't be beautiful? Now it’s time to add your own special touch to your coffee bar. The perfect way to do this is through your organizational choices! Transferring your many varieties of coffee and tea into permanent containers like mason jars, tins, baskets, and other containers is a great way to show off your style and be more eco-friendly. When storing your mugs, consider hanging them from a cup tree or stacking them nearby for easy access. If you use coffee pods, look for some functional storage options such as drawers that you can put your coffee machine on top of or a storage tower that adds some style. If you are on a tight budget, your local dollar store should have some small storage containers and items that work just as well!
And finally, after taking the time to put together your home coffee bar, enjoy it by making yourself that well-earned cup of coffee!