If you’re a coffee lover, you know that drinking coffee is a complex and nuanced experience, from the rich aroma, comforting warmth, to the actual ritual of sitting down with a fresh cup in the morning, getting ready for the day that lies ahead.
So why not make your kitchen accommodate for the best possible coffee experience? Having a dedicated area in your home where you, your family, and guests can savor some good cups of espresso together will surely make your household the neighborhood’s favorite.
Whether you opt to make it a formal or an informal space, it makes your home warm and welcoming. It also adds a note of flair to your kitchen, setting it apart from the rest — if not by much added visual appeal, certainly by the irresistible smell.
Having a dedicated coffee corner in your kitchen is one of the latest trends in modern kitchen design, and it’s no longer restricted to luxury homes and hotels.
In fact, setting up a coffee corner is quite easy, and starts with something as simple as selecting a special space in your kitchen where you can place all your coffee-making essentials. You can then up the stakes by having a custom-built coffee bar to suit your style. You can also DIY create a coffee station with a cabinet, carts, and side tables. Or a very simple coffee bar right next to your coffee maker. Don’t overthink it, you can always built on the idea later on, as you go.
Read on to learn how to turn your kitchen into every coffee lover’s dream.
#1 Find the perfect spot in your kitchen
Identify the exact location in your kitchen where you want to set up your coffee bar. Keep in mind that you’re going to use it on a daily basis, so, ideally, it has to be easily accessible and should have enough space for entertaining guests.
If you use a portable cart as your counter coffee station, however, an added bonus is that you can roll it anywhere — your dining room, living room, or even outdoors.
#2 Find a kitchen cart
As previously mentioned, getting your hands on a portable kitchen cart is the easiest way to start creating your own coffee bar at home.
Make sure to choose one with sturdy construction and a compact size as it will house some of your heaviest coffee-brewing essentials, such as your espresso machine, and some of the easiest ones to break, your coffee cups.
#3 Invest in a good coffee maker
Whether you decide to set it up on the coffee cart or to give it prime placement on your kitchen counter, a good coffee maker is the most essential element.
Investing in a good espresso machine will make all the difference, and will set the tone to your mornings with the best coffee smell (and taste, for that matter). Getting a good espresso machine shows that you mean business. To narrow down your search, see Homegrounds.co list of best espresso machines on the market this year, to find the right one for you.
#4 Arrange your counter coffee station
After getting a kitchen cart for your counter coffee station, it’s time to decide what it should look like. If your kitchen cart is large, you can simply arrange it in a way that allows you to express your individuality.
Consider adding unique cups, a coffee pot, and basically whatever you like. If it’s small, you can use a base where you can put all coffee essentials in a group. Doing so helps to decrease clutter. Adding a shelf above its location where you can place coffee, cups, and other essentials is also a good idea.
#5 Customize your coffee station
A customized coffee station will always be a great idea. As already mentioned, you can create a special cabinet where you can place all coffee necessities. The good thing about cabinets is that you can close them when your station isn’t in use; as a result, your kitchen will appear less cluttered. Therefore, less kitchen cleanup will be required.
Another way of customizing your coffee space is by placing a lamp or adding lights that you can fit at the top of your nook. If you prefer an opaque roller blind or swing doors for your shelves and cabinets, either of the two can also work.
#6 Add the ‘coffee shop’ vibe
Thanks to those special design touches and aroma of freshly brewed coffee adding to the coffee shop atmosphere, you’ll instantly feel a warm vibe as if you’re stepping into a real coffee shop.
You can also get that at home now, especially if you pair the above advice with some specific coffee shop elements. Think of adding a chalkboard menu directly above your counter to jot down each day’s brew, like a real coffee shop does. You can also add some kitschy coffee-themed artwork or mount hooks and display your pretty collection of mugs for more aesthetic appeal.
Combine the new with old by scattering some vintage pieces around your coffee bar at home. The coffee shop ambiance will further come out with the help of old-fashioned items. These, of course, can be a great conversation starter every time a guest comes over and appreciates your setup.
#7 Accentuate with coffee-themed wall art
Your home coffee station won’t be quite complete without some coffee-themed wall art. Add coffee-themed pictures and canvas prints, as well as vinyl wall art, hanging plaques, metal tin signs, primitive coffee stencils, and rustic wooden signs. You can visit a real coffee shop to gather inspirations for this.
#8 Choose your furniture
If what you have is an eat-in kitchen that can only accommodate two persons, get a pair of bentwood or opt for French folding garden chairs. Pair your chairs with a square or round bistro table. Position a banquette against the wall if you need to add more seats. Line up small square pedestal tables, around two or three, in front of the banquette, and make sure to leave one or two inches of space between them.
Then, add vintage-inspired or real vintage chairs to the table’s sides, opposite the banquette. For a kitchen that has cabinetry featuring a built-in bar counter, you should opt for contemporary or industrial-inspired, backless, pub-style stools. Make sure to avoid spindle-, splat-, and ladder-back stools that look like tall versions of the traditional dining chairs.
To finish your kitchen coffee bar, display a covered cake plate or a tiered dessert stand, and fill it with typical tasty treats available in most coffee shops, like a glazed cake, pastries, and muffins.
Also, don’t forget to fill glass-fronted cabinets or open shelves with oversized cups and saucers, stacks of dessert plates, as well as big coffee bean glass jars, to complete the look. Choose mugs in solid colors or heavy ceramic cups. In addition, make sure to keep the treatments of your kitchen window simple. Opt for roman shades. Cafe curtains that are made from solid-colored burlap, linen, or cotton do the job well.