Coffee stations are a huge 2020 trend—here’s how to make one in your kitchen
Upgrade your life with these coffee station essentials.
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As we enter the new decade, many of us are trying to change our ways and stick to new resolutions. Whether you're set on decluttering your space or staying within budget by avoiding Starbucks, if you're a coffee lover, creating a coffee station at home can help you achieve multiple goals at once.
The benefits are obvious—putting all your coffee supplies in one place allows you to save time during chaotic mornings and encourages you to opt-in to homebrewing instead spending money at coffee shops. I have slowly (and unintentionally) built a coffee corner where I keep my essential coffee gear, and it's become one of my favorite parts of my home. Here’s everything I recommend using to build your coffee station and keep it organized.
1. A free corner, or a sleek bar cart
For people who have a free corner in their kitchen or dining area, dedicating it to coffee is a great idea. However, if your space is too small for an entire table or countertop, turning a bar cart into a coffee station may also help you accomplish your goal. Before you commit to a design, you should first take measurements of the main coffee makers you plan to use. Make sure you also have space for other coffee accessories such as a sugar jar and cream pitcher.
2. A durable burr coffee grinder for the freshest beans
Regardless of your coffee preferences, one thing on which all coffee drinkers (and snobs) agree is that you need a solid, reliable burr coffee grinder to produce fresh grounds right before brewing. As we’ve tested many popular grinders on the market, we’re confident that the Baratza Encore is the best choice for grounds of any size. It’s reliable and consistent, grinding coffee beans from coarse to super fine. If price and space are concerns, we also recommend getting a manual burr grinder to get the job done without costing an arm and a leg.
3. The best coffee machine you can find
Your coffee station wouldn’t be complete without a top-performing coffee maker. If you’re leaning toward a machine that saves you time and provides consistent results, a single-serve pod coffee maker is a great choice. But if you’re hoping to make barista-quality coffee drinks at home, an espresso machine like our favorite Breville may be a good idea. If you already own one of these coffee makers but still want to have some variety for your coffee station, a French press, a pour-over coffee maker, or a cold brew maker are also worth checking out.
4. A minimalistic mug rack that shows off your prized collection
Unlike other dining essentials like plates and bowls, mugs can be somewhat personal items that you either picked for yourself or were gifted by someone on a special occasion. Instead of hiding them in the cupboard, why not let them hang out so you can see them every day? Many of the coffee station ideas on Pinterest feature a mug rack, which can either be wall-mounted or stand on its own.
5. A piece of art for good vibes
Once you pick a corner or a cart for a coffee station, there’s no better way to personalize it than with a piece of art that speaks to you. If you’re building a coffee corner solely out of practicality, this may not seem necessary. But if you ever feel the morning blues when you wake up, a fun, lighthearted art piece can brighten up your day.
6. An electric kettle for pour-over, French press, and tea
If you’re in the mood for a cup of pour-over coffee, it’s convenient to have an electric kettle within reach. Our current winner, the Cuisinart PerfecTemp Electric Kettle, is the best we’ve tested. It received high marks across the board, and we loved its quick boil time and six temperature presets. We're in the process of updating the roundup, we so far, we've also found the Fellow Stagg Electric Kettle pleasant to use, noting that it can keep water at the desired temperature for an entire hour.
7. A set of wicker baskets to put the clutter away
If you ask me what the secret is to keeping a house clean and tidy, I will always say a set of wicker baskets of various sizes. As I don’t have time to sort mail, put away small trinkets, and organize random tools every day, these stylish baskets are my lifesavers. They can be helpful in your new coffee corner, too. You can use them to store tea bags, K-cups or Nespresso pods, and even travel mugs or other accessories that look better when hidden.
8. A cream and sugar set to add a personal touch
Whether you enjoy drinking your coffee black or you prefer some extra smoothness from the cream, making room for a cream and sugar set gives you and your guests easy access to the most common coffee add-ons that make a perfect cup. This set comes with an elegant-looking wood tray, which visually keeps the space neat.
9. Some canisters and jars to keep coffee beans (and tea) airtight
If you’re into fresh coffee beans and high-quality tea, you may want to check out these airtight containers that keep your expensive beans away from air and sunlight. This canister is made of ceramic, which is great for storing perishable items. Its wood lid with silicone seal can keep the contents fresh and aromatic.
If you can’t leave your house without coffee, then creating a coffee station at home will make your morning routine a lot easier—and a little more special. If you’re looking for top-rated coffee gear to add to your existing coffee corner, check out more coffee articles on Reviewed.
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