Spring Forward Coffee Bar

Spring Forward Coffee Bar

Coffee bars are not just for winter, see how I spring forward with a fresh new twist on the coffee bar. 

Honestly I had the best of intentions of releasing this post for daylight savings weekend, but there were just to many holidays in March this year. So, this post got pushed to after Easter. I figured that is okay, because people drink coffee year round. Some of us, eh hmmm… Mr. Gainer, still have not acclimated to the spring forword time change.  I have seen so many beautiful  set ups for coffee, tea and hot chocolate bars for this winter. I have to say I love them all; from the free standing furniture bars, to the custom built in kitchen bars.  I also have gotten a lot of questions about what to do with this for the spring and summer months. Let me just start by saying,  while your may not be drinking marshmallow laden hot chocolate year round, at my house coffee is a staple. So you keep it out of course! Maybe add in a few ice coffee options or organic teas just to mix things up a bit. 

What makes a good coffee bar? My personal coffee bar is set up to be a functional part of my kitchen.  I designated a separate cabinet above the  coffee maker to house only cups, sweeteners, pods and various other supplies needed for coffee. I actually styled it after my first coffee bar 10 years ago, in our first home. My inspiration came from traveling abroad, and falling in love with elaborate European coffee stations in our hotels. I honestly think my love for a coffee station stemmed from the fact that they used Nespresso machines, which is on my wish list right now.  Here’s my dream machine and refills:

 

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In my current coffee bar, I have a Keurig K-cup coffee maker, which is very convenient to purchase refills for and has a ton of flavor options, so I am happy for now. I found this great dispenser which can hold 9 types of the K-cups. So, I have room for regular coffee, decaf, tea, cocoas, cappuccinos, lattes, espressos and even ice coffees. As I mentioned, I took my inspiration for my coffee bar from European hotels. Which all had a trash can near by for the empty pods. I found a super small flip top trash can that I placed on the counter just for this reason.  Call me lazy, but I am making the coffee bar for convenience. Plus I want to keep people out of the kitchen on busy mornings, the last thing I want is someone trying to get to the trash can under the sink. I also like to add flavors to my coffees. As an avid Starbucks drinker, I took notice one day at the syrups they used for my pumpkin spice latte. Then I went home and looked them up. To my surprise you could order the exact same bottles with dispenser pumps on line. Voila, insta coffee bar. 

The Almond and Irish Cream are a few of our spring time favorites, which we change out with Pumpkin Spice and Salted Carmel in the Fall. You may also notice that ours are sugar free, they also make regular syrups too, this is just our preference to cut out some additional sugar in our daily in take.  I personally like a Nutty Irishman which is the 1 pump Hazelnut and 2 pumps Irish Cream or French Amaretto  2 pumps French Vanilla and 1 pump Almond . My husband is a little more simplistic, and drinks 2 pumps of one flavor at a time, and prefers Pumpkin Spice year round…….LOL. 

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What would a coffee station be without stir sticks? Yes, you can use spoons, but if you are going for a no wash, toss and go convenience, this is it folks. When I am done stirring in my half a gallon of creamer…… LOL  The stick gets tossed in that very same counter top trash bin. Plus, I like using  this old antique french  salt box as my stir stick holder, it looks cute in my kitchen. 

Finally, make sure that you have easy grab and go muffins or pastries for your coffee bar. Pictured below are some of my favorite chocolate croissants from Trader Joe’s they bake up so nice and are divine when fresh from the oven. I also keep a section of cookies, muffins or coffee cake under a cake dome which makes self service in the mornings very easy. 

Feel free to  check out a few of my own homemade favorite recipes that can be found under my cake dome regularly. Almost Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies & Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes. The  Blueberry Lemon cupcakes actually make an excellent muffin, just leave off the frosting.  

Like what you see? Here’s everything thing you need to build my coffee bar: 

 

 

 

16 Comments

  1. Thanks for the response to exactly what the public is looking for, Katie Grant.

  2. You had me at coffee. I think I am going to gift myself a coffee maker and some of these awesome products you have highlighted here. Coffee is the perfect compliment to any sweet treat. Saving the recipes for later. Cupcakes and coffee coming up 🙂

  3. That’s such a cool idea! Talk about bringing the coffee shop to you. I love that little drawer for your pods. Very organised. Thanks for sharing, x

  4. This is awesome! I’d love to have something like this in my kitchen and recreate the coffee shop experience. This is definitely going on the dream board 💗

  5. Love your coffee bar, it looks so classy and elegant, As a coffee lover I want to have this kind of ambiance when I visit a coffee bar. Great post!

  6. This is such a great set up for functionality especially in the morning before your have your coffee 😛 Love those syrups and the the cute stir sticks.

  7. OMG! Jennifer your coffee bar looks fantastic! I’m thinking I need to rearrange my kitchen counter – My husband was just asking me this morning why our coffee mugs are across the kitchen from where our coffee maker is!!

  8. This looks so cute, as well as delicious! I have never really thought about setting up a coffee bar in my home. What a lovely idea!

  9. A coffee shop has to sell great coffee, that goes without saying, but there has to be a good atmosphere too. Chocolate croissants are one of my favourites too! Love the photos!

  10. I’ve been slowly putting my coffee bar together in my house, but my space is so small! I love the concrete container for stir sticks! I’ll have to grab one or two of those syrups to step up my game! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  11. Your pod organizer is a great idea, throwing the pods in a small bin right nearby would make it easier to recycle them all at once too. I am going to check out those syrups, like right now!

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