This post is for House By The Water, who managed to remind me that I hadn’t posted about our intended coffee station, without being at all obvious about it.
Mr. T and I are big coffee drinkers and we’ve purposely included a coffee station in our plans.
Until you start buying coffee paraphernalia in earnest, you don’t realise how much space it actually takes. For instance, this little beauty of a shiny machine isn’t the biggest on the market, but it still takes a significant amount of bench space:
We love it. It has knobs and gauges and things. And it makes a good coffee. It’s 230mm wide and 400mm deep.
It sits next to our grinder, which is not small, at 150mm wide. This, along with an assortment of paraphernalia such as milk jugs, coffee handles, cleaning stuff, scrapers, thermometers, dosers, and so on, is currently making our bench look messy. So we need a special spot for our special stuff.
Our coffee station was one of those areas that became compromised due to our weird passive solar angles. But we think we can make it work. In the grand scheme of things, it sits at the edge of the kitchen next to the fridge. The tap you see on the plan is actually for the fridge. We’ve designed in a couple of drawers, for all the paraphernalia stuff, but the machine and grinder will sit on the bench.
Of course, I need to show you some inspiration pics now. There’s actually fewer than I thought there would be.
The general aim is to provide a spot for cups and saucers and other stuff. Here is one that’s nice and tidy.
Quite cute, but not really the look we’re going for.
The coffee station will also double as a tea storage area, as we do also like to drink nice teas occasionally. So we need spots for tea bags and teapots, and so on.
The drawers can store sealed teabags, strainers, as well as small coffee paraphernalia such as scrapers.
Here is something a bit closer to the look I’m after. I love the stainless steel shelving here, but suspect it will cost a fair bit.
Although I don’t normally like the idea of open shelving in the exposed bits, I think that in the coffee station we can make it work.
Alternatively, I could be persuaded to go with closed shelving if it looked at nice as this one:
It’s such a small space, though. We’ll see how it pans out.