In this post: Need to take a little time for self care? Why not set up a pretty kitchen coffee station and other premium comforts in the kitchen? ⇒
Who doesn’t love a coffee break?
Whether you work at home with your head buried in tasks, eyes glued to the computer all day long, or return there between errands with the goal of relaxing, equipping your kitchen with some well-appointed comforts can add pleasure to your day.
Taking time for self care is time well spent.
Having a dedicated area set up for your coffee breaks is an ideal way to treat yourself right. Today, I’m sharing a charming kitchen coffee bar and other kitchen perks to add ease to your day and to upgrade your routines.
You may have heard me talking, often in the past, about the little luxuries and small pleasures that I value so much, whether they be in your home, your daily routines or even portable items that you can take on a trip. These wonderful little niceties that you add to your days, when combined together, add up to an elevated lifestyle.
This is the exact approach I try to take in all of my rooms, and today we’re looking at upgrading the kitchen. We’re not talking about renovations or remodeling, but little creature comforts that make your daily rituals more pleasant.
Let’s start by looking at the little coffee station I created in my kitchen. I’m sharing tips for creating a little oasis in your own home that’s perfect for encouraging a respite from the day’s stresses.
Setting Up a Kitchen Coffee Station
1. Choose an area to designate as your coffee station. If you have a section of counter that’s already separated, that can serve as a natural location, but a small buffet table could also work. If you only have a long expanse of counter, that’s fine too. Just keep the area contained by leaving space around your coffee bar.
2. Central to your coffee station will be your coffee maker. If you only drink one type of coffee, your preferred coffee machine is all you need to get started. But if you enjoy a variety of lattes and espressos, either select a machine that offers all those options or frame your coffee bar with more than one machine. Then place the trimmings between them.
Accessorizing Your Coffee Station
3. Consider what else you need for your favored drink. Mugs, of course, are essential whether you’re drinking hot cocoa, coffee or tea. For espresso only, you can line the tiny cups atop the machine. If you have a cabinet or shelf right above your space, that’s perfect for your mugs. If not, use a mug rack or tiered server.
4. Include sweetener and stirrers, if you’re inclined to use them, as well as pods or coffee grounds as needed for your machine. I use the drawer right below my counter to corral these items, but if no drawer is available use canisters on the counter.
5. Keep a creamer at the ready to lighten frequent morning refills. And if you have enough space add a cake plate for pastries or bread.
You can place all the accoutrements either on the counter around the coffee maker, corralled in neat baskets or multi-level trays, or you can utilize the cabinets or shelves above the counter, as well as drawers directly beneath.
In our home I keep the larger mugs in the cupboard above the coffee maker, and created a compartmentalized drawer that’s themed just for our coffee station. I keep pods, stirrers, sugar packets and napkins in drawer organizers, along with cake plates, spoons and espresso cups.
FREE Printable Coffee Bar Sign
In the end, what makes a coffee station more than just the coffee maker on the counter is the grouping of related items in a designated space, preferably separated in some way from the other items in your kitchen.
To drive the point home, you can add a sweet bit of labeling. Even if you’re not into typical kitchen signage, a pretty watercolor taped to a vintage cutting board can make a lovely embellishment.
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Other Premium Kitchen Items
While a pretty coffee bar with gourmet brews is my favorite indulgence in a premium kitchen, it’s by no means the only one. See the list below for more ideas and then scroll to the resource guide to add your most coveted of these awesome items to your own kitchen.
I’ve divided my favorites into three categories based on the benefits they offer, although many of them overlap into more than one category.
Health – This year I added an air fryer to my repertoire. Less fat, less mess, and easy as can be! For fruit and veggie smoothies try the Ninja professional blender. I also use a waffle maker to make gluten free breakfasts.
Ease – You just can’t beat the convenience of an Instant Pot meal. Quick and simple to use. For easy cutting, I love my Cuisinart food processor. I used to have the big one, but I just love the accessibility of the mini.
Luxury – Have you ever cooked with Staub’s elegant cookware? Their cast iron dutch ovens are simply amazing. For baking, a Kitchenaid mixer is a must and they come in so many gorgeous colors. Next on my wish list: an ice cream maker.
It’s wonderful to renovate a brand new kitchen, but there are so many other things you can do to create the feeling of luxury in the space you have.
If you organize your counters and let in as much light as possible, adding a few premium tools and high-performance appliances can elevate your time in the kitchen to one that feels entirely top shelf.
Then the next time you need a coffee break, you know exactly where to head!
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