Nothing is as soothing as that first sip on an early misty morning here in the Pacific Northwest.
Whether it’s your morning cup o’joe , quickly made in an unassuming drip maker, or if the ritual and time involved in making a rich and luxurious espresso, the equipment and space to use it in our home is becoming a priority with many people planning new kitchens.
For coffee lovers, a home coffee bar can be an economical and enjoyable alternative to frequenting local coffee shops. It will allow savoring a relaxing cup of coffee anytime without leaving home for you and your guests.
While some would not consider a space dedicated to coffee equipment, supplies and mugs a priority, others with strong connections with their coffee couldn’t imagine a kitchen without it.
Not sure if a coffee station in your new kitchen is right for you? Let’s explore and give a few things to mull over to help you make that decision.
If you are considering a coffee bar in your new kitchen, begin by asking yourself the same kinds of questions designers ask their clients.
How many people will be using this space?
Is a humble drip coffee maker all that you require? If so, then it’s likely that you can easily find a spot on your counter to set your machine and keep things simple.
It’s important to note that all countertop machines produce steam, which can damage the finishes on any cabinets above if the unit is allowed to run while sitting directly under cabinets. When in use, pull the coffee maker forward allowing enough space that the steam emitted will not dampen the cabinets above.
Do you use multiple machines and equipment such as coffee presses, grinders plus need storage for a variety of coffees, teas, mugs and accessories? Then why not consider a coffee station in the kitchen with a spot for everything you’ll need conveniently stored within reach of where they will be used.
If you use an espresso maker daily or several times a week, it also deserves easy access.
Your design budget, personal preferences and available space will help determine the size and type of coffee station that will fit best into your kitchen.
Let your personal style be reflected in displaying favorite cups, mugs and glassware. Open shelving or cabinet doors with glass inserts allow these items to add interest and color.
Is your kitchen a “social kitchen’? If friends and family typically gather in your kitchen while you cook, placing your coffee bar in an area that they can help themselves helps people feel at home and welcomed.
Water: keep the location of the station compared with the location of the nearest sink a priority.
Electrical: most coffee appliances use electricity and even those that don’t brew with electricity, do need heated water. Some top end espresso machines are meant to be "hardwired", so have your machine purchased prior rough in electrical work
Preparation Surface: Solid, stain resistant counter tops are a must.
Storage: can be as simple as open shelving, wall cabinets with glass door inserts or everything tucked away behind doors.
Ultimate Options: under counter or single drawer refrigerators, small sink, under cabinet lighting, built in cup warmers.
Whether you are just dreaming of a new kitchen that will include a new coffee bar or if you are in the process of creating a new space, we appreciate the time you've spent with our blog.
We hope you enjoy this luscious iced coffee recipe as much as we have.
Ultimate Iced Coffee
- 7 c water
- 8 T freshly ground coffee
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 6 tsp brown sugar
- regular milk, almond or coconut milk
The night before you’re going to serve the coffee, brew the coffee. While still hot, add in the vanilla extract and brown sugar. Fill an ice cube tray with some of the coffee, and freeze overnight. Chill the remaining coffee. In the morning fill each glass with a few cubes and fill 3/4s of the way with coffee. Top with regular, almond, or soy milk- or serve black.