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If coffee is your version of breakfast, you may be considering setting up an area for your morning java. How to make a coffee bar is not limited to a specific space. Dedicated coffee lovers can set up shop at home with a few simple tips. Keep reading to find out how to set up a coffee bar at home.
What is a Coffee Bar?
A coffee bar is an area set up and dedicated to brewing coffee in your home. Ideally, it would have everything needed to make the perfect cup all in one place. Here are some ideas to set up your own special space.
Choosing Your Kitchen Coffee Bar Space
When you’re ready to set up a coffee bar, first consider your location. You’ll want to find a spot that has ample counter or shelf space. If you’re short on counter space, try using a small table or cart.
Second, think about storage. You’ll need a place to keep all of your coffee supplies, like beans, grinders, and mugs. If you’re using a table or cart, look for one with shelves or drawers. A coffee bar cabinet is also a great idea to create a space where you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee.
Third, think about lighting. You’ll want to find a spot that has good lighting, so you can see what you’re doing when you’re making your coffee. If you’re using a table or cart, try to find one with a built-in light.
And lastly, be sure there is an electrical outlet nearby to plug in your coffee machine and other items.
Wondering where a coffee bar should be placed in your house? A counter in the kitchen, the dining room, or a cozy nook near a window are some popular picks.
Assembling Your Supplies
Now that you’ve chosen your space, it’s time to start stocking up on supplies. Of course, you’ll need coffee beans and a grinder. If you don’t want to grind your own beans, you can also buy pre-ground coffee or single serving pods.
You’ll also need a coffee maker or espresso machine. If you’re short on space, consider a small single serve machine. These are perfect for making one cup at a time. I personally have the Keurig K Café and love that it has the built in milk frother.
If you really want to level up your coffee bar, I highly recommend a milk frother. There are many options, from an electric frother that heats the milk to a handheld option, if your machine doesn’t have one built in.
When it’s time to stock your coffee bar, consider not only your needs but what your guests will enjoy. Some common preferences are non-dairy cream options, decaf coffee, and a variety of different flavors.
In addition to coffee and a coffee machine, you’ll also want to have:
- Sugar (and sugar substitutes)
- Creamer (dairy and non-dairy)
- Stirrers and/or Spoons
- Napkins or Coasters
- Flavored Syrups (the Skinny Syrups are my favorite! You can use my code DEVINEFAIRYTALE to save on your online order)
You may also want to include items to make hot tea in this area as well. Consider adding in an electric kettle, tea bags, and honey.
Stroopwafels or Biscoff cookies are also nice additions to have a little something extra with your morning cup of coffee.
Making Your DIY Coffee Bar Complete
Once you have all the essentials, it’s time to make your coffee bar complete. Add some personality to your space with a fun coffee-inspired sign or a chalkboard to use as a menu board.
You can also display coffee beans in a glass jar for a pretty touch that is useable.
I add my syrups to small, decorative glass bottles so they look pretty out on display.
If you have room, consider adding a small fridge to store cream and milk. You can also use it to keep sugar and stirrers on hand.
If you have nearby wall space, a hanging mug rack would be the perfect addition to display all of your cute mugs.
For the finishing touch, add a few decorative items like photos or flowers. This will make your coffee bar feel like your own and have a unique flair. All that’s left is to invite some friends over for a cup of joe and a chat to catch up.
It’s possible to create a simple DIY coffee bar with very little effort. With a dedicated space and the right supplies you’ll be ready to start your day right- with the perfect cup of coffee.
Create your own coffee bar and take advantage of the flexibility of brewing any time of the day or night that you choose.
What a great idea to add to my coffee space a chalk board or menu board.