To be fair, I must say, I don’t technically have a stand-alone coffee bar set up. I do have a bar cart that could be made into a coffee bar, but I like having my coffee set-up by my fridge on the counter (considering I also have the counter space). And, it fits all my home coffee bar essentials without being crammed. But, considering coffee/bar carts have been a big trend recently, I thought I’d share my home coffee bar essentials that you can add to your own!
Before we get too into it, I wanted to share my set up. This is a rough take of what we’re working with:
Step 1: Find your perfect espresso machine
Starting off, when you create your coffee bar you have to start with the espresso machine. If you’re willing to invest a lot in your setup, I would suggest researching different machines before making your choice. There’s nothing worse than spending a large amount on a coffee machine for it to take a poo on you right after you get it. Personally, I went with a Nespresso — with mixed feelings. If you’d like to know my thoughts on this machine, you can read all about it here!
Step 2: Pick out, and design, your espresso
Once you do that, start designing around it. Personally, I have a cute container that holds my Nespresso pods. I normally drink a lot of coffee on the daily — going for the Nespresso pods that are 7.77 fl oz. And, I like to buy these in bulk at the Nespresso storefront as they normally have better discounts. If you’re going the regular espresso route, you could purchase a glass canister to put ground coffee beans or just regular coffee beans in it.
Step 3: Add accessories, or keep it simple
Then, add accessories. Personally, I just got a coffee cup holder filled with coffee cups ~4, glass and silicone aesthetic straws, coffee syrups, a milk frother, and more. I bought the majority of my materials at Home Goods, T.J. Maxx, Amazon, or Target. To keep up with items I add to my home, follow me on Instagram, YouTube, or the Liketoknowit app!
Step 4: + add more
Now, of course, you could add more accessories, or keep it simple. For instance, a milk frother, hot water heater, jar full of glass straws, and small coffee straws could be useful and aesthetic for your setup. Or, you may decide to keep it simple with a regular coffee machine. Even adding a few designer coffee table books could do the trick. In my true fashion, everything that I have is all black, white, or grey and rather simple.
As always, I have everything linked above and throughout this post for all y’all to have some fun designing a coffee bar similar to mine. And, of course, I would love to see what y’all come up with on your own. By all means, there are SO many more ways you can curate the perfect coffee bar based on your style.