Having spent way too much money at Starbucks I decided why not have my own at home coffee bar set up. Living through the pandemic made me realize how useful having a little dedicated area for coffee and tea would be. With many families working from home it just makes perfect sense to enjoy a few comforts at home. No need to disturb your morning routine by running out to get that perfect french vanilla latte. You can have all the accoutrement to curate that same experience at home.
Where to Set-Up your Coffee Station
I definitely had dreams of splurging on one of those new sleek built-in coffee machines. These machines integrate right into your kitchen cabinetry. I think it’s one of the most coveted luxury trends popping up these days. Unfortunately, I was unwilling to give up any of my much needed cabinet space. I decided the next best place for my at home coffee bar would be on my kitchen counter. If you’re trying to figure where to put yours, considered these other options. You can set them up on the tray or small table in an organized manner. You may also want to consider purchasing a small coffee cart or bookshelf to hold all of your coffee-making items and to use as a designated coffee station.
Choosing a Coffee Maker
The first thing I started to research was which coffee maker I would invest in to mimic the same quality of coffee house experience with ease. Having had a few Nespresso machines in my day I knew I wanted to stick to the same brand but I was also definitely ready for an upgrade. I settled on the Breville X Nespresso Creatista Plus for my at home coffee bar. This machine hits all the right notes. A range of digital customizations allows you to make everything from a flat white, macchiato, latte, and cappuccino. With a built in milk frother – this machine was a no brainer for me.
Coffee Bar Customizations
This is where the fun comes in. As a base, I have a small marble tray as the foundation of my display. On the ready, I have a few glass espresso cups with a few gold spoons. I added a few gold labeled glass dispensers to put my two favorite flavored syrups – vanilla and hazelnut. I also have a small glass jar of brown sugar cubes and a few spices to complete the set. Additionally, I like to add some personal touches to my at home coffee bar, like decorating it with books, flowers, candles or some artwork. I am very pleased with my at home coffee bar. The only thing I have yet to master is my milk art. It’s a work in progress and I hope to have that perfected in short order!