August 4, 2021

The ABCs of an at-home coffee corner

All it takes is a quick search on Pinterest to see how trendy coffee corners are. But why are they so popular? It’s simple: having your own coffee corner is one of the little pleasures that make life at home sweet!

What is a coffee corner? How can you make one at home? What equipment do you need? Let’s take a look.

Coffee at home

For true afficionados, preparing and savouring coffee—or tea—is a ritual associated with relaxation and enjoyment. Getting the most out of this pleasure is harder when you have to clear off the kitchen counter to reach your espresso machine!

A coffee corner pulls together everything you need to prepare and enjoy your favourite hot drink in the comfort of your home.

How to set up a coffee corner

To create a coffee corner, you need a space that can be devoted entirely to this purpose or a piece of wheeled furniture that holds everything you need.

This is where Pinterest will help: you’ll find literally hundreds of ideas for arranging or converting space into a coffee corner.

Start by deciding where you would like your caffeinated oasis to be. Is there a corner that might be easy to convert? A built-in bookshelf that is no longer needed or is under-utilized? A piece of furniture that would beautify your surroundings once the coffee corner is installed?

At the very least, you will need:

  • A surface for storing a coffee machine and your implements
  • A space or container to hold cups and plates
  • Drawers or shelves for storing coffee and/or tea

Ideally, the area you chose should be near a water source. Obviously, setting up your coffee corner close to the kitchen makes the most sense.

What about equipment?

You don’t need much to create a small space for preparing and enjoying coffee. Of course, if you have a bigger budget, you’ll likely be tempted to buy a high-end coffee machine!

Depending on the coffee machine you chose and the size of your project, you’ll need:

  • Cups—choose a range of sizes to suit your guests’ preferences
  • A stainless steel pitcher to heat or foam milk
  • A mat to go under the machine, cups and implements
  • A coffee grinder, if it is not already part of your machine
  • An espresso tamper to properly pack the coffee into the machine filter (for espresso machines)
  • A small sturdy box to hold coffee grounds

If you want to take coffee prep to the next level, experts recommend getting a scale, to make sure your proportions are perfection, and a thermometer.

You may also want to serve teas and herbal teas, which require their own implements, including a kettle and a teapot.

Did we forget anything?

Of course, don’t forget the most important ingredient of a successful coffee corner: coffee! Once you’ve invested in arranging your space, plunge right in and discover new coffees, flavours and techniques.

Oh! And don’t forget to relax with a piping hot cup of coffee!

See also:

Creating Privacy in an Open Living Space

8 Storage Ideas for Your Home

Partitions: Useful and Beautiful!

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