Coffee stations have become quite the little corner of paradise to have in your home. They’re the perfect little nook that houses everyone’s favorite beverage and is a great place to start the day or grab an afternoon pickup. Coffee stations don’t have to take up much space either. They are created around an existing space – whatever that looks like. All that’s needed to create the coffee station of your dreams is a coffee maker, coffee filters, and….well…some delicious-tasting coffee! Let’s get started!
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Various Types of Coffee Makers
Because you can’t have a DIY coffee station without a coffee maker, that’s the first place to start. While it’s great if you already have one, if you’re in the market for a new one, or are just getting into brewing your own coffee, just know there are so many great options to choose from today that it can become overwhelming. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can find features and functions to fit any lifestyle.
Common types of coffee makers include single-serve coffee makers, espresso machines, pour-over coffee makers, French presses, and of course the classic drip coffee makers. Ultimately, the type of coffee maker you choose depends on your preference for flavor, convenience, and brew strength. No matter the type of coffee maker you choose, you can be sure to enjoy your favorite brew right in the comfort of your own home.
Drip Coffee Makers
An oldie but still a goodie. Drip coffee makers have been around for decades. Picture this: you stumble out of bed, hair resembling a bird’s nest, eyes half-open, and an insatiable desire for that magical elixir we call coffee. And what awaits you at your caffeine sanctuary? Your very own coffee that you programmed the night before awaits, ready to kickstart your day with its mesmerizing aroma and tantalizing flavor.
Drip coffee makers are designed with precision and advanced technology that ensures each cup is brewed at the optimal temperature and extraction time. This leads to a consistently delicious taste without any bitterness or over-extraction issues that can occur with other brewing methods. Their sizes vary from five cups to twelve cups and most of the new models allow owners to program the coffee to brew at a specific time. They’re also relatively quick for those rushed mornings getting the kids out the door for school. The only thing these coffee makers won’t do is add the coffee and the water for you.
If you’re looking for a new coffee maker, check out this one by Cuisinart. This programmable 14-cup coffee maker with a very attractive glass carafe is one of the highest-ranking drip coffee makers available on Amazon with over 57,000 ratings and 4.5 stars.
One Cup Coffee Makers
Gone are the days of fumbling around with messy bags of grounds, measuring cups, and paper filters like some kind of wannabe barista. With a Keurig coffee maker, all you have to do is pop in one of those adorable little K-cups, press that glorious brew button, and voila!
Keurig has become a household name over the last few decades. Although we don’t understand the concept of “just one cup of coffee,” we recognize that there are people out there who restrict their coffee intake. And for those people, we’re recommending the Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker.
This single-cup coffee maker is capable of brewing hot coffee as well as iced coffee. And it has one more fascinating feature. The on-demand hot water feature can be used to make anything that needs hot water – instant oatmeal, tea, ramen noodles, or any other quick treat. There’s no need to wait on your microwave or tea kettle with this fantastic feature.
Pour Over Coffee Makers
If you’re looking for more modern and contemporary coffee stations, consider getting a pour-over coffee brewer. And if you’re wondering why pour-over coffee makers have been all the rage in recent years, The Daily Meal has your answer. According to an article they published, pour-over coffee makers will yield a stronger flavor than classic drip coffee makers because it takes the water longer to pass through the coffee grounds allowing more flavor to be extracted.
There are a ton of pour-over coffee makers on the market but we recommend this one by Chemex. Its sleek, classy design is the perfect look for anyone seeking contemporary ideas for their new coffee station at home.
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A French press coffee maker is always a great choice for a delicious cup of joe. This device uses a piston to push hot water through coffee grounds, resulting in a flavorful and aromatic cup of coffee. All the coffee ground oils saturate the brew so not only is it strong, but very flavorful. It is great to have at home because it can relatively quickly and easily make delicious coffee without the hassle of going to a coffee shop.
Furthermore, it allows users to control the strength of their coffee, allowing them to customize their cups according to their preferences. A French press coffee maker is a great option for coffee lovers who want to enjoy the best possible cup of coffee in the comfort of their own homes.
Key Coffee Station Pieces
A Space or Nook
When setting up a station area for your coffee, you don’t need a large dedicated space. A great spot to place one is in the kitchen on or near the counter. This makes it easy to access all the supplies – like water – and allows for easy cleanup since the sink is right nearby. Another popular spot for a dedicated station is in the dining room, as the area near a dining table or buffet is the perfect place to store a coffee pot and other necessary items, such as creamers, mugs, and sugars. If you want to keep your station for coffee out of the way, consider placing it in a pantry, cupboard, or corner of a room.
There’s also always the option of buying or refurbishing a piece of furniture to use just for coffee. The type of furniture used will depend on the available space and the desired look. A basic station can be created with a sideboard, a desk, or a cart. A sideboard or desk can provide space for storage and display. A coffee station cart can provide a compact, portable option that can move easily from one place to another. For a more modern look, an accent table or console can also be used to set up the perfect station. To ensure easy access to the coffee and supplies, shelves or baskets can be used to store items and provide additional visual interest.
For anyone who has the counter space or dedicates a piece of furniture to their newly designed area, we recommend looking into a tiered tray to ramp up your organization. It’s one of the best coffee station ideas for small spaces because it holds more in a smaller area. This Farmhouse Style 2-Tiered Serving Tray – featured above – is perfect for anyone into a farmhouse aesthetic. But if the metal used for this tray isn’t your style, tiered coffee trays come in a variety of other materials and colors. Use this tray to store a couple of coffee mugs, cream, sugar, and any other accessories required to make your coffee bar a reality.
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Using a single clear acrylic tray is a modern take and also an option. It may not store as much, but keeping the mess of sugar spills on a tray is much better than getting it all over the countertop.
Mug Hooks & Organization
Since storage is a common battle fought by many households, we have a couple of different options for how you can store your coffee mugs. The Coffee Mug Rack featured above is courtesy of Schmidtfer Homes on Etsy. The wood used for the shelf is available in a variety of colors, allowing you to customize this accent piece to your home. But if you don’t have the wall space for this and you desperately need the cupboard space, we have a few other storage ideas for your coffee mugs.
Hook racks are an excellent way of creating more space in your kitchen. The LEVOSHUA Mug Holder is designed for 12, large or small, coffee mugs. But our favorite hack with these hooks is that they hold more than mugs. They can also be used to hold cooking utensils like spatulas, whisks, and more.
If your friends and family have forbidden you to use tools of any kind, the 6-Hook Under Cabinet Mug Hanger is the perfect solution. The number of mugs these hooks can hold will vary depending on the size of your coffee mugs. These hooks can hold either six small mugs or three large mugs.
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But if you live in an apartment where you can’t put holes into anything, the MyLifeUnit Mug Holder Tree is perfect for anyone who at least has some extra counter space. This mug holder can accommodate six mugs, depending on size. And because there are never too many life hacks, this mug holder can also be used for drying bottles.
Coffee Filter Holder
Having an at home coffee station for your coffee is a great way to make your daily morning coffee ritual easier and more enjoyable. The right accessories will make your station look great, and help you brew an excellent cup of coffee every day.
For most people, storing coffee filters isn’t an issue. They hide perfectly in a cabinet or in a drawer. You can even throw them in a cute bin. However, if your station is in need of a fancier, cooler way of storing coffee filters, we’ve got you covered.
For storing cone-shaped coffee filters, we like the ARGENTA Walnut Cone Coffee Filter Holder, featured above, for one very important reason. It’s designed so that it can be mounted to either a wall or a magnetic surface. Both the magnetic backing and damage-free adhesive patch are included with the purchase.
It’s important when storing coffee at home, whether coffee beans or grounds, you keep it tightly closed. Having coffee canisters is a must-have to keep that coffee fresh. But don’t keep them in just anything – pick up a few beautiful containers that also act as decor items too.
Keep it simple with these glass and wood Food Storage Jars. They’re airtight and can hold 18.6 FL ounces of ground coffee, coffee beans, or your favorite snack item. Plus, the fact that it’s clear will make it easy for you to know what’s in it.
If you’re looking for something a little spicier, we recommend this Kitchen Canister set by Creativity Happens on Etsy. Each of these canisters can be purchased individually or as a set. The coffee canister is 8″ x 6.75″. The sugar canister is 6.25″ x 6″.
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While some essential items to have for your at-home station include a quality coffee grinder, a milk frother, and a variety of high-quality coffees, other items that would add to the ambiance of your station include a beautiful quote, a decorative carafe or cup, and some decorative plants or flowers. With the right accessories, your at-home station will be stylish and well-equipped for a delicious cup of coffee each morning.
And of course, there are endless opportunities for accessories on Amazon. From tea towels and sugar bowls to honey wands and coffee syrups, plus so, so much more, you can find anything you need for the best home station for coffee.
Remember, a station set up just for your coffee doesn’t require a lot of space and there are plenty of storage ideas to help you free up counter space so you can make room for some fun conversation pieces like a tiered tray or tea towel ladder. We hope our list of coffee station ideas inspired you. If you happen to use any of our suggestions, feel free to tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can see your masterpiece!
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