Like many of you, I love coffee and espresso drinks. I bought a Keurig coffee maker a few years ago, which I love because I can make coffee, hot chocolate, apple cider, and tea with their K-Cups. I always wanted an espresso machine, though. And at the beginning of the year, I started researching espresso machines. I fell in love with the Breville Touch screen espresso machines. They are so gorgeous! I placed a white Breville espresso machine on my vision board and finally decided to purchase the Breville Barista Pro a few weeks ago! It reminds me so much of the espresso machine I used as a barista as a college student.
One of the best things about it is it’s easy to use. I love that I can make caramel macchiatos, vanilla lattes, and white mochas; that is just the beginning! I love it so much that I created a coffee station in my kitchen to make drinks for family, friends, and myself! It’s simplified my morning routine, which is a bonus.
Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee when entertaining a few friends or when you get up in the morning? This espresso machine has kept me awake the last week since we adopted a puppy who has kept us very busy! Having my espresso beans, vanilla Torani syrup, and caramel sauce within reach when I get up in the morning is a must these days. And my coffee station in my kitchen keeps me organized and in control at the start of my day.
How To Create A Coffee Station In Your Kitchen
Today, I’m excited to share tips on how to create a coffee station in your kitchen and coffee bar ideas! I dished on my phenomenal new Breville espresso machine, the marble-tiered tray I use to store my mugs, and the syrups in my arsenal, and that is just the beginning! And I also shared coffee station tips for various styles and those who would prefer their coffee station in their kitchen but off the counter! I hope these ideas and helpful tips inspire you to create a coffee station in your kitchen as well.
Step 1: Find The Perfect Espresso Machine or Coffee Machine For YOUR Kitchen
I knew I wanted a white espresso machine for my white kitchen and fell in love with Breville’s fantastic selection of white espresso machines earlier this year. The Breville Barista Pro Espresso Machine with Milk Frother was the one I decided on because it has excellent reviews and is very easy to use. The espresso machine is 13” tall but 16” with the espresso grinder on top. My issue is that the counter space between my kitchen cabinets and counter is 16.5”. I wondered if I’d have enough room, but I like to live dangerously and purchased the espresso machine anyway. 😉
Thankfully, there is space between the kitchen sink and the right cabinet. So there is enough room for the grinder on the left side of the machine. I love looking out the window when making my caramel macchiatos every morning. It’s a win-win!
Step 2: How To Organize Your Coffee Mugs & Essentials
There are many great ways to organize your favorite coffee mugs, K-Cups, coffee syrups, and espresso beans, and that’s just the beginning!
I love this Williams Sonoma Hold Everything FSC Coffee Storage Station Pull Out Drawer! You can place your coffee machine, mugs, syrups, sugar, and more on top. There is space in the drawer below for your spoons, drink stirrers, coffee pods, etc. I don’t have enough room under my cabinets for this, so that wasn’t an option.
You can also place your coffee mugs on a tray or leave them in your kitchen cabinet if your espresso machine is directly below your cabinet.
I purchased this gorgeous Williams Sonoma Marble & Brass 3-Tiered Stand earlier this year, and I am obsessed with it. This stand is so beautiful and elevates the kitchen. It’s ideal for storing my four classic white coffee mugs from Amazon!
Step Three: How To Store Your Coffee Beans Properly
After finding the perfect espresso beans for my machine, I started researching coffee bean storage containers. I stumbled on this popular Planetary Design Airscape Kilo Coffee Storage Container (with fantastic reviews). According to Amazon, this “coffee & food storage canister features the patented plunger lid with a two way valve that pushes out, and keeps out, excess air and humidity to preserve and protect the freshness and flavor for your dry stored goods.”
This container is very sturdy. And I will admit that it took a bit of strength to pull the Airscape lid off so I could wash it to fill the container with beans. It works well, and I know my coffee beans will stay fresh on my coffee bean station. Also, I love the sleek modern design and the fact that it is available in several colors. Including matte white, matte black, and matte grey.
Step Four: Essentials You’ll Need For Your Espresso Machine
The Breville espresso machine comes with several items, including a stainless steel milk jug so you can heat your milk, but it doesn’t come with a thermometer or a knock box. These items are essential; thankfully, you can find affordable options online at Amazon.
For starters, this KT 2 Dial Thermometer works very well and is very easy to use. It hooks right onto your stainless steel milk jug. I like to heat my milk to 140 degrees, so a thermometer is essential! This particular thermometer is under $10 with fast and free delivery.
A knock box is necessary unless you want to empty the coffee grounds from your portafilter directly into your garbage can or compost bin. As soon as I make my espresso shots, I empty the coffee grounds from my portafilter into my knock box, so it is ready the next time I use it.
Step Five: Syrups For Espresso Drinks
I am partial to Torani syrup because that is the brand I used to make espresso drinks, flavor iced tea, and Italian sodas when I worked as a barista in college. It’s fantastic! Torani’s vanilla syrup is one of my favorites! It is perfect for caramel macchiatos and vanilla lattes! Having this syrup right next to my espresso machine and at my coffee station is essential. So I don’t have to look for it when making drinks!
If you love drinking caramel macchiatos as much as I do and would like to make them at your coffee station in your kitchen, you’ll want a thick caramel sauce! I have many favorites, especially the Torani caramel sauce! As you can see in the photo below, I swirled it on top of my iced caramel macchiato! Then I mixed it with my spoon. PS: I love these clear rippled glasses. They are of great quality and are so gorgeous!
Step Six: A Cute And Functional Container For Your Milk
Whether you drink almond, oat, or regular milk, you’ll want a cute container for your milk, especially when making drinks for friends and family! I love glass vintage-inspired Stock Your Home Half Gallon Milk Glass Milk Bottle. It is heavy-duty, food grade, and comes with tamper-proof caps. Jugs of milk take a lot of room in a refrigerator, but this one doesn’t! Not only is it fabulous, but it is functional too. I love it!
I hope my new home coffee station/DIY coffee bar in my kitchen has inspired you to create your coffee station in your kitchen! You can place one on your kitchen counter, under your floating shelves, on a bar cart, on a kitchen island, (a hidden coffee station) in an unused cabinet, on a side table, or even in your dining room! Today, I’m excited to share ten additional coffee bar ideas so you can create a coffee station in your kitchen!
10 Kitchen Coffee Station Ideas
A Coffee Station Idea For An All-White Kitchen And For The Vintage Lover
This beautiful 12″ Smeg Espresso Machine in white is stunning and will look phenomenal in an all-white kitchen. It is also a must for the vintage lover. It comes in several colors, including pink, which is such a hot trending color. Since this espresso machine makes a statement on its own, I would pair it with these classic white porcelain mugs and this minimalist coffee mug holder. Williams Sonoma has a very minimalistic-looking knock box that will pair brilliantly with it! Honestly, I love the small size of this espresso knock box so much I wish I’d purchased this one instead.
This espresso machine and coffee station idea is ideal for your kitchen island, an accent table, or under your kitchen cabinets.
Coffee Station For The Modern Kitchen
With modern design as popular as ever, you can’t go wrong with this fabulous Smeg Medium Limited Edition Full Matte Black Fully-Automatic Coffee Machine. It is sleek and stunning and will elevate any minimalist kitchen! I can see it under floating shelves. I love the style of these bestselling Pottery Barn Brighton Floating Wood Shelves, available in many different finishes.
With ribbed decor, especially ribbed glasses, and mugs, as popular as ever, I would add these stunning white Hasense 16 oz ribbed ceramic mugs to the coffee station in your kitchen! You can place the mugs on the floating shelves or add your favorite decor items to the floating shelves! This minimalistic coffee mug holder is ideal since it doesn’t take up much room and has a modern feel. This compact West Elm Kale Lazy Susan will be a great spot to set your favorite coffee syrups.
Coffee Station Ideas For Low Counter Space
The space between standard kitchen cabinets and the counter is typically 18″. If you’re anything like me and have 16″ of space (or less) between your cabinets and counter space, you’ve probably had a hard time finding an espresso machine that will fit. If you’re in the same dilemma and would like an affordable espresso machine that will also fit between your kitchen cabinets and counter space, you’re in luck! This chic and sophisticated 13.9″ T Jassy Espresso Machine is definitely for you. It comes in a few different colors, including white, which is only $169.99. And you can also save an additional $25 for a limited time. It has phenomenal reviews and is beloved by many! I love everything about it, especially the vintage design.
If you love making various espresso drinks and have an abundance of syrups, you can elevate your coffee station with these gorgeous glass coffee syrup dispensers. This vintage-inspired coffee mug holder resembles the highly coveted French-inspired wine bottle drying racks that have been popular (and hard to come by) for years!
I adore these gorgeous Gezzeny Vintage Glass Coffee Mugs. They make a statement and are ideal for a coffee break with a friend!
Coffee Station for Coffee and Tea Lovers
If you love drinking coffee and tea, you will love owning a Keurig K-Supreme SMART Coffee Maker! When I used to drink tea, I had tea boxes throughout my kitchen. Once I bought my Keurig, making tea was a breeze and much more organized! There are countless K-Cup organizers, carousel stands, and storage drawers online that are perfect for K-Cups!
You can set your Keurig on top of this K Cup Storage Drawer! If you’d prefer to have your Keurig directly on the counter, you can order this carousel stand, which holds up to 40 K-Cups! Having your K-Cups organized will improve your morning routine. And you can decide between coffee, tea, or even hot chocolate quickly and effortlessly. It’ll also be great when entertaining friends and family!
You can place your favorite syrups, sugar packets (or sugar in a bowl), creamers, and milk on a tray! I love West Elm’s selection of trays. I have had this West Elm Square Lacquered Wood Tray for nearly a decade, and it is still in fantastic shape.
Coffee Station On A Bar Cart
Like many of you, I love using my multipurpose bar cart! It serves as my dessert cart, a bar cart, a tea cart, a favorite spot to decorate during the holidays, and a must for a kitchen! If your kitchen lacks counter space or you’re looking to create a DIY coffee bar for your next soiree, you can’t go wrong with creating a coffee station on a bar cart in your kitchen!
One thing is for sure: if you have a marble bar cart, you will want to take extra precautions so you don’t ruin the surface. This stunning 17 Stories Birken Metal Bar Cart is ideal for a coffee station.
Amazon has many coffee maker mats to choose from. And this classic budget-friendly mat has excellent reviews and will be ideal for your metal bar cart. You can place your espresso or coffee machine directly on this mat. If you’re hosting an event and need a case of mugs, this set of 36 classic white coffee mugs will be handy! You can place them on the second shelf or place a tray on top of the wine rack and the mugs there.
If this bar cart/coffee station is for every day, you won’t have to worry about buying a rack for your mugs. It has two rows with hooks, which allows you to hang up to 12 mugs!
Coffee Station On Your Kitchen Island
Like many of you, I love watching Nancy Meyers movies, especially “It’s Complicated.” This gorgeous Crate&Barrel Basque 56” Light Brown Solid Wood Kitchen Island with Storage would have fit in perfectly in Meryl Streep’s (Jane Adler’s) kitchen! Isn’t it fabulous? I fell in love with it as soon as I spotted it. It will make a statement in any kitchen and is the perfect spot for your new espresso machine! I’m partial to this phenomenal Breville Barista Pro Express Machine. Available in many colors, including sea salt (white), red velvet, black truffle, and stainless steel (to name a few). It is a must for the novice to the pro!
I would place this coffee maker mat on top of the island. This gorgeous Pottery Barn Antiqued Metal Decorative Tray is available in several sizes and two colors (gold and antique bronze). It will look fabulous adorned with your favorite coffee syrups and more!
Coffee Station On Bistro Table In Your Kitchen
With antiques and antique-inspired furniture more popular than ever, now is a great time to invest in a beautiful bistro table that will not only serve as the perfect coffee station in your kitchen but you can also dine here with your significant other, your child, a parent or a few friends! I love this Pottery Barn Rae Round Pedestal Table. It is available in two sizes (32” and 48.5”). And will look amazing in a corner of your kitchen or dining room!
I would place a coffee maker mat on the table (and your espresso machine on top), as it’s better to be safe than sorry! I adore these sophisticated Pottery Barn Antique Metal Trays and would use one for your coffee syrups, bowls of sugar. Or a container for milk or creamer, and that’s just the beginning! These gorgeous coffee syrup dispensers will be the perfect accessory for your coffee station!
Coffee Station On A Side Table In Your Kitchen
If you have a small kitchen and lack counter space, a small side table is an excellent option for your dream coffee station! I love this three-tiered Vasagle Side Table. It is only $29.99 and has excellent reviews. You can place your espresso machine or compact Keurig Coffee Machine on top and place your coffee station essentials below.
Your coffee mugs are perfect for the second or third shelf. You can place the syrups on either rack! There are so many options! This small Necery Drying Mat is ideal for your coffee machine. I’m obsessed with these modern black ribbed coffee mugs. You can place them on the stand on the table or just set the coffee cups directly on the shelf below.
Coffee Station In A Kitchen Pantry
If you lack storage space or shelves in your kitchen, you will adore this rustic industrial 68.5” Latitude Run Lackowski Kitchen Pantry! It has a storage cabinet, a hutch, and three storage drawers, and that is just the beginning! This beautiful piece is on sale for less than $320 and is the ideal spot for your coffee station!
The cabinet below is perfect for extra coffee mugs! The top will look amazing, adorned with your espresso machine and coffee syrups in labeled modern coffee dispensers. I love how spacious it is. It is a must for every day and will come in handy when entertaining friends and family throughout the year and the holidays!
Coffee Station In Kitchen With Floating Shelves
It’s no secret kitchens with floating shelves (and open shelving) have gained popularity in recent years! If you love the look, you can order these fabulous Pottery Barn Benchwright Floating Shelves. They are available in two sizes, 48” and 66”. I love how great they both look in this phenomenal kitchen! The floating shelves are ideal for the modern farmhouse or modern rustic kitchen, and coastal, to name a few!
One of the many great things about hanging floating shelves in your kitchen after purchasing your dream espresso machine is you don’t have to worry about it not fitting under the shelves. You can hang them so there is enough room for your espresso machine below. And not so high that you can’t reach your coffee mugs on the shelves. It’s a win-win!
I hope you enjoyed my coffee station ideas so you can create your own DIY coffee bar with a coffee maker or espresso machine and the best coffee accessories! Your new home coffee station/home coffee bar will have you saving money and time. And have your friends begging to try a homemade cup of Joe at your “coffee shop” in the kitchen!