Are you one of those people who can't start their day without a cup of their favorite coffee? Why rush out to the local coffee shop? Convert a cozy corner of your home into a coffee bar and enjoy your favorite beverage at home. It will help you enjoy your morning cup in peace, but you can also entertain your friends by serving them with different variations of coffee and tea at home.
Why set up a coffee bar at home?
Home coffee bars have been steadily gaining popularity. Here are some of the reasons why you should have a coffee bar in your home.
1. Saves money
If you love your steaming hot cup of joe, you may be spending a small fortune at your favorite coffee shop each month. Enjoying coffee at home can be great for your bank account. Creating a coffee bar at home can help enjoy good quality coffee and still save money.
2. Saves time
Why bother to rush to a coffee shop on your way to work and stand in a queue impatiently. Enjoy your favorite coffee at home and save on the time that you may have to spend at a coffee shop.
3. Easy to set up
Your home coffee bar can be as casual for as fancy as you want it to be. You can set it up easily and without spending too much money.
4. Provides a cozy space
Creating a coffee bar can offer you your own sacred space to enjoy your coffee cup. You can enjoy brewing your coffee and sip it with satisfaction.
5. Frees up space in the kitchen
Creating a separate coffee bar can free-up counter and cabinet spaces in the kitchen. Mugs can take up a lot of cabinet space. Your espresso machine and drip coffee machine can clutter the kitchen counter. With all these coffee essentials out of the way, your kitchen will also look more spacious.
Where should your coffee bar be located?
Many people incorporate coffee bars into the design during the construction or renovation of their homes. You can also create a coffee station at your home easily on your own.
You can set up your coffee bar in your dining room, living room, pantry, hallway, and even an unused closet in your kitchen. Find out which one of these spaces in your home is the most underused. You may have to rearrange some of your furniture or set up some extra shelves.
A bar cart also works great as a coffee station. It doesn't take up a lot of space, and you can easily move it around.
1. Dining room
If there is limited counter space in your kitchen, it may be wise to move the coffee essentials to the dining room. A chic sideboard can store all the essential tools and ingredients while the coffee maker can take the place of prominence on the bar counter.
2. Living room
Give a neglected corner of your living room a makeover by transforming it into a coffee bar. Hang a chalkboard above your bar to give it the authentic coffee bar look. A coffee bar in your living room can become a great focal point to entertain your guests.
Your hallway can be a perfect location for your coffee station. You can conceal a mini-fridge in here and enjoy a fresh coffee cup without making a trip to the kitchen.
Your pantry need not be boring. Transform this space into an inviting coffee bar, complete with a counter for your coffee machine, cabinets for cups, and drawers for other essential items.
5. Kitchen cabinet
If space is a problem and you can't spare a corner or a counter for your coffee bar, you can convert a closet to become one. Fit your favorite coffee ingredients, coffee maker, cups, and stirrers here. A well-stocked coffee cabinet also works well as a coffee bar.
What items should it include?
A good coffee bar should be well-stocked. Make sure you have these items in yours –
- Coffee maker
- Coffee beans (Arabica and robusta)
- Coffee grinder
- Milk frother
- Coffee cups (at least 8)
- Coffee spoons
- Canisters for storage
- Creamer and sugar bowls
- Teabags (for guests who prefer tea)
- A fun sign or a chalkboard
What do you need to keep your tools and coffee organized and fresh?
So, you’ve set up you’re your coffee bar and have stocked it up. Now comes the most challenging task – ensuring that the bar stays neat and organized. If you and your family are using the coffee bar often, and you regularly entertain your guests with delicious cups of coffee, there is a good chance that your bar will quickly turn into a cluttered mess.
1. Discard any unused items
The first thing you need to do is to sift through all the stuff you have and discard any tool, cup or utensil that you haven't used in a long time. Coffee makers are bulky and take up a lot of space. Discard tools you no longer use to make space.
2. Add shelves
If you do not have enough space on your counter, add shelves, and place your cups on them to free up space.
3. Use organizers
Shelf dividers, drawer organizers, lazy Susan, and mug hooks and trees can be used to make most of the room. Labeling everything also helps to put back things into the area they belong to.
4. Relocate items you don’t use frequently
The tools and ingredients you use regularly should be easily accessible. The infrequently used items can be stored inside the cabinets and taken out only when needed.
5. Buy smaller batches of freshly roasted coffee
Coffee beans start to lose their freshness, immediately after roasting. So, buy smaller batches and use them within one or two weeks.
6. Store coffee beans in airtight containers
Air, moisture, heat, and light are the biggest enemies of coffee beans (1). To preserve the freshly-roasted flavor of your coffee beans, store them in an opaque, airtight container at room temperature. Clear containers allow light to pass through and can affect the taste of your coffee.
Your home coffee bar doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate. It should hold all that you need to make a good cup of coffee. Since it is the first place that you visit every morning, keep it well-stocked and organized.