Coffee Lovers: Tips to Create a Cozy Cafe in Your Kitchen

Are you lost without your morning coffee? Then why not have a dedicated area of your home for it? Even the smallest coffee stations are better than none!

By Tina Jepson

 

When it comes to coffee, you have your die-hard aficionados and your “I could take it or leave it” folks. If you don’t fall into that first category, I don’t know if I can trust you.

 

Just kidding. Kind of.

 

But seriously, there’s something about a well-brewed cup of joe that’s restorative to the soul. If you’ve ever encountered your spouse, parents, or a roommate before their mandatory early-morning coffee, then you know just how essential this caffeine drip is to a good portion of the population.

 

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So, if you love coffee like I do, why not make it easier on yourself in the early morning and create a cozy coffee station? That way, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips to make the perfect cup.

 

Choose the Right Space

A coffee station doesn’t have to take up a large space in your kitchen, but if it does then more power to ya. Simply put, work with the space you have. Remember, even the smallest coffee stations are better than no coffee station at all!

 

Coffee stations fit well on kitchen islands, the corners of your countertop, and even on standalone dressers or carts.

 

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Over the weekend, we added a coffee station in one of the corners of my U-shaped countertop. While we dreamed of something quite a bit bigger, we dealt with the cards we were handed and made the space work for us.

 

Add Shelves & Storage

The best coffee stations feature enough room to both brew and prepare your perfect cup of coffee. If your counterspace is lacking, consider adding shelves and storage.

 

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Even one shelf can make a big difference. If you have a completely bare wall, such as if you’re the using a kitchen cart or something similar, then add a deep shelf above or to the side of your coffee maker. Just don’t forget to leave a few inches to avoid subjecting the wood or laminate to all that hot steam.

 

Those without wall space for shelves can easily purchase some pretty wire or wicker baskets.

 

Prepare Accoutrements

Now comes the fun part: the extras. We all like our coffee prepared different ways, so consider this when preparing your coffee accoutrements.

 

Stock multiple sugar options and consider adding non-dairy and shelf-stable creamer options. Place everything in those special baskets or containers, like mason jars, that you've purchased, and be sure to label them. It’s an added touch that will make your coffee station feel cozy and custom.

 

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Display Cups & Saucers

While it’s easy to just place a few cups next to your coffee maker, why not think a bit bigger? If you have a cabinet or shelf above your station, then screw some mug hooks directly into the wood, leaving enough space for your mugs to hang without clanking into one another.

 

Otherwise, consider wall-mounted coat racks or even custom coffee mug racks. (Hint: Etsy is a great place to find one that matches your kitchen décor.)

 

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Add a Unique Feature

Your coffee station is coming together nicely, but before you call it quits, consider incorporating one unique feature that makes the area really “pop!”

 

Try adding a funky hammered metal backsplash or painting your rolling kitchen cart (aka your new coffee station) a bold color that matches any coffee mug motif you may have.

 

If all this coffee talk has you planning the design of your very own coffee station, then you’re definitely on the right track. You’re bound to appreciate easy access to your morning “perk-me-up,” and visitors to your home are going to swoon over your creativity. It’s a win-win!

 

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Happy brewing!

 

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