I have just moved into a new apartment, and let me tell you, I’m so excited about everything. For the last year I and my very tall roommate have lived in what could be considered the residential version of a shoebox, and our new place has more room than I really know what to do with. It’s crazy!
Where before my coffee machine had to fight for a corner of counter space and my bags of coffee overflowed from the cabinet, in the new place, I want to do a coffee bar proper.
I’ve been obsessing over Pinterest coffee bar layouts recently, and I wanted to share with you all the three elements I’ve seen in common on all of them, in case like me, you're itching to make your own.
If you’re going to prepare a good coffee station, you need a sturdy foundation. You preferably want something with storage - drawers, shelves, whatever you like. I’ve seen some lovely ones made with IKEA Raskog carts, and yet still others made of refurbished dresser drawers. If you have a spare piece of furniture taking up space elsewhere, a quick coat of paint can transform it into the perfect coffee station.
Once upon a time my small-space coffee station was a Raskog cart like this one:
But since I’ve recently acquired a bigger apartment, I’m a pretty big fan of the more elaborate ones. Since I used to be a barista, I’ve collected a lot of coffee and tea, plus the top needs plenty of space for syrups, add-ins, and my family-sized coffee machine.
Keep in mind what your station will be used for while you’re shopping around. Do you live in a small apartment, or have a large house with plenty of space? How big is your coffee machine? Do you have a huge, family-sized coffee machine, or do you just use a little french press every day?
Choose a perfect base, and you’ll be on your way to a perfect coffee station!
There are a lot of things to store on your coffee station - coffees, teas, and whatever addins you like. I keep straws for iced coffee on mine, and several matching painted jars full of sweeteners and spices like cinnamon.
These things are all easily stored, though - there is one coffee essential that is not. If you’re like me, you have tons of wonderful coffee mugs just waiting to be displayed, and no matter how you try, a collection of mugs do not fit neatly on in a cabinet drawer.
That’s where our second essential, mug storage, comes in.
The kind with hooks seem to be popular.
Tiered baskets and cupcake stands also seem to be handy.
And these mug trees are useful and decorative:
However you choose to display your mugs, make sure they’re organized, and most important of all - that you can get to your favorite one easily!
This varies from person to person, but a good coffee station needs decoration that reflects the person who owns it! Whether you choose to do this in pretty coffee mugs or framed quotes, knick-knacks or coordinating storage, that’s up to you! Here are some of my favorite examples:
Coffee bars have infinite variations, but I’ve found these three essential elements are common across all of them. While I’m coming up with the design of my own - which I’ll update you with later - I’ll definitely be keeping the design of these in mind. How about you?
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(P.S. - looking for the perfect coffee machine to be the crown jewel of your coffee section? Check us out next week for The Ultimate Guide to Choosing An At Home Coffee Maker!)