Bring café style to your kitchen with some creative coffee bar ideas and get ready to play barista when friends come over to visit. Invest in one of best coffee machines and dedicate part of your kitchen to making the perfect brew. Set it up with a kettle and keep cups, mugs, spoons and other essentials close at hand, for the perfect one-stop-shop for coffee time.
“For most of us, coffee is part of our daily ritual,” says Luke Powell, Head of Specialty Coffee UK & Ireland at Sage Devices (opens in a new tab). “It’s how we start the day, so we always recommend placing your coffee station in the prime position of your kitchen.”
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Turn a corner of your kitchen into the perfect spot with these coffee bar ideas.
Coffee Bar Ideas
Turn a corner of your kitchen into the perfect spot with these coffee station ideas.
1. Install it in a corner
Picking a hidden spot in a corner that can only be used for making drinks is the ideal spot. If you position it near the sink, it makes it easier to fill the coffee machine or the kettle. The overhead storage means cups and glasses can also be kept close at hand.
2. Opt for an integrated design
If you are planning a major kitchen renovation or a new kitchen dining room idea it is worth considering building a coffee station as part of the design. This way, you can choose a built-in coffee machine that can be hidden behind cupboard doors when not in use. It also means you can meet all your storage needs in one space, making it an easy place to grab a coffee, whether relaxing at home or hitting the road on the go.
3. Use a vintage wardrobe
Why not make a feature of your coffee bar and use a sturdy vintage piece of furniture to act as a coffee station? Choose a cupboard or table with drawers so that you can easily store everything you need out of sight, leaving the surface free for preparation and make sure there is a sufficiently large work surface to accommodate your coffee machine. You’ll need a decent prep space so you don’t have to juggle cups and milk jugs while you brew your coffee.
4. Choose good shelves
Above or beside your coffee station, try to include some decent shelving to make it easier to prepare your morning brew. An open shelving design like here means it’s easy to see where everything is stored and there’s plenty of room for everything you need, from coffee cups to sugar, syrups and spoons. Place the shelves near a breakfast bar idea to create the perfect morning spot.
5. Choose matching patterns
A handy shelf with hooks makes a great addition for a coffee bar (this gray plate rack by John Lewis (opens in a new tab) is similar to the one above). This means the cups can easily be hung above your kettle and coffee machine. If your appliances will be on the worktop and permanently visible, choose models that complement each other, whether they are of the same brand and the same range or whether they are of the same color. Choosing a color that blends with your kitchen scheme means they won’t feel too intrusive.
It also doesn’t need to take up a lot of space. “Depending on the configuration you choose, only a small amount of space will be needed,” says Thomas DeGarnham, co-founder of Heart of Fire Coffee (opens in a new tab). “Espresso machines range in size from the footprint of a toaster to a large microwave. If you’re short on kitchen space, a capsule machine or pour-over system may be better suited.
6. Add a pop of color
If you have a white kitchen idea or a neutral scheme, use it as a great opportunity to bring a splash of color to the space. Choose a coffee machine in a bright colorway for a bit of fun and treat yourself to some lovely new mugs with vibrant patterns or designs to make a feature of the space.
7. Go for a glamorous industrial vibe
For an elegant setup, choose appliances, shelving and accessories in similar finishes. Rose gold, brass, or other metallic finishes will lend a more industrial flair to the scheme and make everything feel cohesive. The John Lewis Copper Dualit NewGen Toaster (opens in a new tab) is a perfect classic choice for this look. Stick to mugs and canisters in more neutral colorways to let metallic finishes be the star of the show.
8. Keep it out of sight
If you want a coffee station that can be stored away when not in use, use a cabinet with doors or a roller shutter so the coffee machine and all of its accessories can be hidden away. This is a good idea if you like a sleek kitchen scheme with no appliances and no clutter on work surfaces.
9. Add lots of shelf space
If space allows, a decent sized kitchen cupboard is the perfect place. A few tightly stacked shelves above your coffee kit will give you plenty of room for everything you need, saving you from fumbling through crowded cupboards for your favorite coffee syrup or tea bags. Choose stylish storage for coffee beans, tea bags, etc. to avoid having a lot of packaging to display.
10. Make it look designer
For a coffee bar with a sleek and modern style, install a hanging cabinet on a free wall with cupboard doors. Use the top for the coffee machine and kettle and the cupboards below to hide everything you need. Choose a machine that works with a neutral scheme for a stylish setup and to complement your modern kitchen idea.
What do I use for a coffee station?
You can be as creative as you want when creating a coffee bar, whether it’s using a freestanding island or using a barely used corner of the countertop.
“Almost anything can be used with a flat, clean surface,” says Max Dervish, founder of Coffee Roasters Bridge (opens in a new tab). “You don’t need a lot of space, depending on what kind of coffee-making equipment you have. Keep it clean, simple and organized. This way the coffee speaks for itself.
How to organize my coffee bar?
Creating a well-organized setup with plenty of space for what you need will make your coffee station more efficient. “Quality cabinets, custom-built for you, will give you the freedom to choose the perfect amount of storage,” says Ben Burbidge, Managing Director, kitchen manufacturers (opens in a new tab). ‘Think about how you will use the space, place frequently used products within easy reach. Using storage jars will not only be aesthetically pleasing, but will also help you keep tabs on when produce is running out. Shelves allow you to display your favorite cups and coffee makers, use higher shelves to store less used products and coffee stock.
What should be in a coffee bar?
Your coffee bar should have everything you need to make a great brew in one place, so you don’t have to search through different kitchen cupboards to find things. Ryan McDonough from MyJobQuote suggests having the items below for a fully stocked coffee bar:
- Coffee maker
- Coffee beans
- coffee grinder
- A tray
- Jars and jars for storage
“Glass jars work great for things like sugar, coffee pods, coffee beans, and tea bags,” he adds. “You can add other items like flavored syrups, baked goods and a teapot.”