Thomas Jefferson called coffee “the drink of the civilized world” and since he penned those words, the drink has taken an even more thorough hold on Western culture. Today, experts estimate that the average working American spends $1,100 on specialty coffees each year. Whether you’re looking for ways to cut your budget or just want to add a high-end coffee shop vibe to your home, these tips will help you stay on track.
Option 1: Quick and easy homemade coffee nook.
If you don’t have a lot of counter space or time to devote to espresso-making, milk-frothing and French-pressing, you can still create a cozy coffee nook in your dining room or kitchen. All you need is a bit of counter space, creativity and the right equipment for the job.
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The coffee: When you’re short on space and time, a Keurig or similar model K-cup coffee dispenser can be an invaluable addition to your home. Pick up a Keurig at Macy’s, then brew a cup of delicious, steaming flavored coffee with the push of a button in just a couple of minutes.
SheKnows.com also offers advice on creating lattes and other specialty drinks at home with the equipment you already have. Did you know you can use fine ground coffee to brew a strong blend that functions just as well as espresso in specialty drinks? Steam milk by slowly heating milk on the stove and whisking it as it gets hot. LifeHacker offers a similar tip on making steamed milk in the microwave. You’ll get the same coffee shop flavor—without hundreds of dollars of equipment.
The space: To garner the feel of a coffee shop’s laid-back style in just a bit of space, try this: Reserve a dedicated space on your countertop for your Keurig or other small coffee maker. Adding an oversized tray or a K-cup carousel for tea bags, coffee flavors, stir spoons and creamers will work wonders, too.
Keep the colors in your kitchen chic and go for a more streamlined, clutter-free feel. You could even try completing your space with a fun chalkboard—paint the frame, invest in colored chalk and let your artsy side take over. It’s the perfect place to share a few encouraging words with your family.
Option 2: Refined but affordable coffee bar.
The coffee: If you want to go a step above regular brewed coffee and are willing to spend a bit of extra time on your brew each morning, try a French pressed version. Quality French presses are available for $50 or less and craft a rich, silky-smooth coffee you’ll love.
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The space: Set up your French press (and maybe a tea kettle to efficiently heat your water), gourmet coffee and condiments on a buffet, kitchen island or side table near your kitchen. If you’ve got them, use the wide drawers on your buffet to store teas and sugar or sugar substitutes, spoons for stirring and any other beverage specialties you love to use.
Keep things fresh with a bouquet of fresh picked flowers or maybe a few tea candles sitting in a tray of coffee beans for that spa-like aesthetic glow. The An Inviting Home site offers several clever suggestions for bringing the coffee shop style home, including opening up the curtains for a more cheerful overall feel and hanging quirky art on plain walls.