For many, it is a cup of caffeinated drink that gets them fully awake and functional in the morning.
Though coffee at the coffee shops is purely delicious and fresh, yet it is neither economical nor convenient to go for every single day.
Coffee nooks and corners are a thing of a trend nowadays.
Particularly amid the pandemic with all its risk around us at all times, people are tending to stay more and more indoors.
And then when it’s work-from-home who wouldn’t want a simple Starbucks station to help them get through the day without needing to go out.
Best coffee nook ideas
The best nook ideas include a 24/7-available dedicated area with enough space to hold all the variable coffee supplies and the machines needed to make a fresh brew every day.
In addition to the supplies, you could sprinkle some fairy dust and charms (I mean the décor) to customize it and make it more feel like home.
With all the ideas, remember not to over-do it and have some space left open for the actual coffee making.
These coffee nooks not only help you declutter some of the cabinet chaos and streamline your coffee rituals, but also make an interesting and convenient spot to socialize around when you have friends and family over.
Where and What Should Be Included In The Coffee Station?
You could have a small corner in the kitchen with possibly an adjacent cabinet to make a tidy coffee nook.
But if you are a cluttery person, avoid using this as you may end up occupying the whole countertop.
Instead, you could opt for a smaller, detached surface in the kitchen to devote to the caffeinated drinks, like a cart or a small console table.
Keep in mind, if are using a coffee machine and not the method of pour-over, it is best to place the nook near an outlet.
There are no hard and fast rules for the coffee nook but yeah it would be great to have coffee there (LOL).
You would want to have the coffee maker and the stuff needed with it, like filters, coffee ground holder, and maybe a coffee bean grinder if you love the brew made from freshly ground beans.
Then the serving supplies that you would have to have include cups, mugs, spoons, plates, and trays.
And don’t forget the rest of the ingredients; coffee cream, sugar, and whatever you like in your drink (hmmm, cinnamon?).
Keep a cleaning element, a paper towel stand or a dishtowel to clean up in case of a spill.
Other than these necessary items, there are additional things that you could have on the cart like other varieties of drinks, fruits, cakes, and cookies.
Don’t be afraid to bring some creative aspects into your coffee nook.
It could range from anything that you particularly prefer, such as a piece of contemporary art, plant pots, succulents, vase with fake flowers, wire baskets, and glass jars; you name it, the nook got it.
If you like reader/writer type, you could have books, newspapers, magazines, comic books, and even a notepad or a chalkboard to jot down stuff that may be lost by the time you grab a pen paper.
And the last but not least, the theme you pull off, the color palette, and the overall look should bind the whole as one piece.
Ideas, Ideas, and More Ideas
First off you need a countertop; it could be a part of your kitchen countertop or a totally separate entity.
The top functions as the base for the heavier machines and assorted jars for the ingredients while the other tiers/shelves/drawers would hold the supplies and mugs.
You could use the kitchen countertop as mentioned above, but you would have modifications and limitations.
If you are into classic stuff, a tiered coffee cart would be ideal. An old repurposed bookshelf would give you a similar thing but without mobility.
Ikea has some great furniture pieces that could be used for the cart effect, like the static Torviken Kitchen Island, the Forhoja Kitchen Cart with wheels on one side, or the Raskog Utility cart with free mobility and color options.
All these options are easy to clean and maintain, and you could choose according to preference in cart materials and the variations in shelves, drawers, and hanging spaces within the shelves.
A table console could also act as a countertop. A fancy table with floating shelves provides a unique charm to the coffee nook while a monotonous table and shelves set may achieve a contemporary look.
You could have the cups and accessories stored on top of the floating shelves or the cups could simply be hung underneath the shelves with big ornate hooks or hanging spaces.
The hooks can be replaced with a wire mesh basket, a rod, or even a mug tree for hanging purposes.
The shelves and the hanging space give a lot of storage area and can be used above countertops too, in case you have lesser space in the kitchen.
You could have wooden planks cut out in shapes or even racks to provide the space to hang the cups in a more vintage look.