Make Your Own Coffee Bar
Moms are pretty much fueled by coffee, right? I can’t be the only one. Maybe it is because I am a Washingtonian though. I heart coffee, but only the flavored foo foo kind. We all know that those barista made lattes are absolutely delicious, but the prices seem to keep going up. This is no bueno for my checking account. I didn’t want to feel like I was depriving myself of something that I enjoy. We all know that can lead to over indulging, and well… it just makes me grumpy. We just happen to have a little nook in our kitchen that was probably for a TV, but I turned it into my own little latte haven.
Creating my own coffee bar was enjoyable, and I can make barista inspired drinks at home. I don’t have anything fancy, nor would I even know how to use it if I did. Ha! Some Washingtonian I am. But I save so much money, and enjoy the drinks I make myself just the same. I still visit my local coffee stand on occasion for a treat because let’s face it, anything you don’t have to make yourself tastes way better. Unless, of course, you are a barista. Here are some of the things I used to decorate and supply my coffee bar.
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A Keurig: This is a single serve brewing system. I picked this one because I am the only one in my household that drinks coffee, so a whole pot would end up going to waste. I usually have a supply of pods, but for the most part I use a refillable one.
Canisters: I have a set of 3 canisters that I use for ground coffee, sugar, and hot cocoa mix. I will use the Keurig to make hot water and make hot chocolate sometimes. The kiddo loves it.
Creamer Dish: I didn’t know what else to call it. We got this with a set of dishes, so I figured I should use it for something. This is where I keep the non-dairy powder creamer, so that it is handy (especially when you have guests over.)
K-Cup Carousel: I love this thing. It just looks cool, and hey, its fun to spin around. It is a very visually appealing way to display your coffee choices. If you don’t have space for this, there is a K-cup storage drawer that the smaller Keurigs (like mine) can sit on top of.
Flavored Syrups: I only have one flavor in the pictures, but I usually keep at least three. I used an olive oil dispenser, and used a chalk label instead of putting the actual bottles out. The bottles are a lot bigger, so this saves me room so I can have my sweet carousel.
Cookie Jar: Now this is completely optional, of course. My mom got it for me, and yes, she checks for cookies every time she comes over. She is always disappointed because the cookies in there are usually forgotten about, rock hard, and no one really knows their date of origin. Haha. Sorry, not sorry, mom. It is filled with either hockey puck cookies or vanilla protein shake, which is what it is in there at the moment.
The Décor: So this is where your personal touch comes in. I found those two little teacups at a local thrift store, and had to make them mine. The wire cup hanger was a gift from a friend that always reminds me of her when I see it. The wooden utensils were also a gift from my sister in law. As you can see, I did not go out and purchase a whole slew of trendy things for this. I found some treasures, and had some things at home already that I put together to create a decorative piece for my coffee bar.
If you really don’t have anything you can use already then I highly recommend taking a trip to some local thrift stores. You can pick up some really cute dishes, coffee mugs, spoons for really cheap. You might even want to check out the dollar store. One of my favorite mugs is from a dollar store. Check it out, and have fun.
I hope this post helps you create a space that makes you feel good about your home. Having your own coffee bar can even help over spending on your morning lattes because you will want to make your drink without even leaving your kitchen. Enjoy your new space and your coffee!