In Search of the Perfect Home Coffee Station!

Who DOES NOT like coffee ☕ in one of its many delightful forms? If you answered “Me!”, I can honestly say, I don’t understand how you can function in the morning so please tell me your secret! 🙂

Now for those of you who do…(and that includes me), this post is for you. 
Yes, we can go to Starbucks or Caribou or Dunn Brothers or even better, a local Small Business Coffee Shop and we should! It’s a great way to try new coffee concoctions, socialize, and keep the economy moving, right? BUT, you can save yourself money, time, gas, did I mention money? by having a great coffee station at home. Plus brewing coffee at home gives you a renewed appreciation for the bean itself when you get to grind and steam your way to fresh homebrewed cup/pot/cauldron of magic 🌈!

Once upon a time, before I was a real estate agent and mortgage loan originator, I was the manager of a coffee shop in Lakeville MN. Going from working in grounds zero (pun intended) to being an at-home, remote worker was AMAZING…except for the daily human interaction and unlimited coffee I was used to. Here’s a little photo of me in my Caribou Coffee days…

In a panic I ran out and bought a crappy little coffee maker at Walmart for $12 bucks and pre-ground grocery store coffee. Was it a perfect replacement for what I was used to? Um, no. My counter at home looked like this:

My Coffee Mess

A disorganized cluster. Seem familiar?

I realized as a real estate agent, I see this in homes quite often. No dedicated place for the holiest and sacred of beverages (besides craft beer, of course). Lots of us are in a hurry in the morning to get kids to school and get out the door to work (or logged on to a computer for a Zoom call) living our lives with an average coffee setup.  And as a former coffee shop manager, this just wasn’t going to cut it. Every morning waking up to blah coffee that I have to dig through that mess to make it? 😒

So, I’m going to share a few ideas below for making your home coffee station more organized, accessible, and user friendly. 
What you will need to do:

  1. Find counter space, nook or bar cart for your coffee station. 
  2. Place a tray that fits with your kitchen’s decor
  3. Place the coffee maker, Keurig, or french press (and a bean grinder!)
  4. Add a canister for beans/grinds or carousel for pods
  5. Put out sugar, sweeteners, and any syrups
  6. Add mugs and stirring spoons
  7. Lastly, add any decor!

Stand alone coffee stations:

Coffee station MUST HAVES:

Lastly, get some great-tasting, ethically sourced coffee. Life is too short to drink bad coffee! Be sure to share your coffee area and have a great day!

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