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If you’re anything like me, your day has not truly started until you’ve had your first cup of coffee. During the winter, how nice is it to warm up with a nice cup of coffee without ever leaving the house? Creating your very own home coffee station is quite easy. All you’ll need is your machine, some essential coffee accessories, a little decorative touch and you’ll be good to go!
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Step 1: Determine the Location
Your first step to a home coffee station is location, location, location. The most obvious setting for a coffee station would be right on your kitchen counter. If you’re a frequent dairy user for your coffee, it might make the most sense for you to locate it near the refrigerator. You can use a decorative tray as a base to put all your coffee essentials in a group to decrease clutter. However, it's no longer “a rule of thumb” that your coffee station has to be located in your kitchen. If your kitchen does not have ample amounts of counter space, you can just as well place a coffee bar in another location such as your dining room or home office! Using a side table or cart is a simple but elegant way to add a coffee station into any area of your home. This Aiden cart from World Market is the perfect blend of industrial and chic. Two shelves provide the perfect amount of storage, and wheels allow you to move it from room to room as needed. You can also add a shelf above your coffee machine to place cups, coffee and other essentials. If you’re seeking a DIY project, a repurposed piece of furniture such a sideboard or bookcase would also serve as a wonderful coffee station. For example, this homeowner put a bright pop of color onto an old dresser to revive it into their very own coffee station.
Step 2: Select Coffee Machine
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Selecting the right gear for your brewing style is important. To make an informed purchase, be sure to consider how much time, effort and expense you are willing to invest in a coffee machine. I am a traditional quick cup of coffee lover, so my personal favorite coffee machine is the Keurig. If space is a concern, like it was for my condo coffee station, be sure to check out the most compact and affordable of all Keurig® 2.0 brewing systems: the K200. This guy is small, yet mighty. This Keurig allows you to brew a cup or brew a carafe (of coffee, tea or hot cocoa) all at the touch of a button. In addition, it's available in an array of colors to match any décor: Black, white, strawberry, turquoise, violet, orange zest and sandy pearl. Are you more into barista style espresso beverages? Then the De'Longhi EC155 might be the perfect addition to your home coffee station. You can choose to brew ground espresso or convenient pods, making your espresso truly made to order. You can enjoy espresso or cappuccino at the perfect temperature with two separate thermostats. If you prefer cappuccino you'll enjoy using the easy-to-use swivel jet frother, which makes perfect drinks every time.
Step 3: Accessorize
It’s finally time to show off those artsy mugs and make your coffee station one of a kind. Display those mugs and clear up storage space. Stylish canisters will be the perfect way to store your favorite coffee essentials, such as sugar. These glass canisters from Pier 1 are a great way to let your guests know exactly what’s inside, especially with the chalkboard labels. For a truly unique and one of a kind item to add to your coffee station, look no further than hand-stamped spoons to stir your coffee to perfection. You can stamp them with phrases for your true coffee-loving self such as: “I love you a latte,” “no coffee before workee” or even your own custom phrase. Finally, once your essentials are in place, arrange your favorite art pieces, cookbooks, decorative plates and/or fresh flowers around your coffee machine to tie everything together.
Home coffee stations will make your mornings a little more enjoyable for both you and your guests. Do you have a coffee station in your home or has this inspired you to create one? If so, let’s hear about it! Tweet me @whalenkristin or comment below to share your ideas.