If you’re like me, sipping on a hot cup of coffee (or two) is a non-negotiable part of your morning (and maybe even your afternoon). While hanging out at a coffee shop isn’t in the cards for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean that a cafe experience and a strong brew is out of reach. By setting up a stylish coffee-making station at home with a coffee maker or espresso machine, a few cute mugs and some extra supplies, you can bring the ambience and convenience of a cafe to your kitchen or living room. To get your ideas brewing, here are 10 functional and fun coffee-making station ideas to give your home a little caffeine-inspired boost.
Published Sep 7, 2020, Updated Feb 2, 2022
As much as we love a beautifully appointed bar cart, a rolling cart can have many more practical and stylish uses than just cocktails. Create your own movable coffee-making station by setting up a cart with essentials to replicate your favourite cafe’s coffee at home (like a bean grinder, coffee maker or French press and a few favourite mugs). Keep the cart in a dedicated spot for display or roll it into the room you’re relaxing in for a convenient setup.
Who’s to say your caffeine accoutrement aren’t works of art? Put a beautiful kettle, pour-over coffee maker and French press on display with a carefully curated shelf. Check out these things you didn’t know about your morning coffee.
A Cafe-Themed Corner
Does your kitchen have an awkward little nook or corner that you’re not sure how to best use? That could be the perfect location for your coffee-making station. Place your coffee maker on the counter, and take advantage of any small shelves or adjacent cabinet space to keep coffee essentials like cups and other add-ons conveniently on hand.
Sometimes, simple is the best solution. If you don’t have the patience to grind coffee beans and brew your morning coffee manually, a pod-based coffee maker like a Keurig or Nespresso makes it super quick and easy to create the perfect cup of coffee at home. To elevate the style factor for this type of coffee-making station, try incorporating a few metallic details like mugs for a bit of shine. For more caffeine-inspired ideas, try this chocolate tahini coffee granola recipe.
While there are a lot of perks to working from home, it’s totally normal to miss the convenience of an office coffee machine – so consider giving your home office a boost by setting up an in-office coffee-making station. Even if you don’t have a kitchenette beside your desk, you can set up a table or cart with a mini coffee maker to brew on your break while staying productive.
If you want to brew a better cup of coffee at home, a good place to start is with a bright, cheerful set-up to put you in a good mood on groggy mornings. Try adding a few shelves above your coffee maker, and fill them with colourful jars for coffee beans or coffee-maker pods, sugar and other coffee-related items.
Keep It Simple
A good cup of coffee doesn’t have to be fancy, and neither does your coffee-making station. Keep your routine simple and easy by setting up a shelf with a classic drip-in-put machine and a small piece of framed art for a little style boost. Don’t forget to keep your coffee maker spotless: here are some tips for keeping all your major appliances clean.
One way to ensure your coffee station is as stylish as it is functional is to work with a specific colour palette for the area – like the dark shelf with a mix of black and silver coffee-making accessories and a statement-making mug.
If your counter space is limited but caffeine is critical to your day, don’t be afraid to make your coffee maker the star of a small kitchen. One tip: if your coffee-making appliance takes up counter space in a compact kitchen, try to find one that looks beautiful and adds to the aesthetics of the space – like this mint-green espresso machine.
Take It to the Table
If your living room’s coffee table tends to be the cool cafe-like hangout for the coffee drinkers in your home, why not style it as a mini coffee-making station? A matching kettle and pour-over coffee maker that you can safely put on the coffee table should do the trick.