The pantry was once considered the pinnacle of kitchen design—with attention on how neatly obscure grains are stored. But this year, it’s all about the at-home caffeine station.
“Increasingly, the kitchens we create need to house a high specification artillery of coffee making equipment,” says Toby Hall, founder of the British kitchen company Inglis Hall. “Which means the dedicated home barista station or coffee shrine—call it what you will—is here, and we love it.”
It isn’t all about the gadgetry, though. Hall explains: “The thing that counts most is the ritual surrounding it: the space it creates in your day, the burble of liquid or the flicker of a blue flame. When we design with a ritual in mind, new possibilities open up.”
Here are a few caffeine shrines we’ve been admiring lately.
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Frequently asked questions
What is a coffee barista station?
A coffee barista station is a designated area within your home where you can create and enjoy professional-grade coffee drinks.
What are the benefits of having a coffee barista station at home?
Having a coffee barista station at home allows you to save time and money on trips to coffee shops, as well as giving you the opportunity to experiment with different coffee flavors and styles.
What equipment do I need to set up a coffee barista station at home?
You will need a coffee machine (espresso or drip), a grinder, a milk frother, a selection of syrups, and a variety of coffee beans.
Where should I set up my coffee barista station?
Ideally, you should set up your coffee barista station in a designated area of your kitchen, with access to water and electricity.
How can I decorate my coffee barista station?
You can add decorative elements such as plants, artwork, and shelving to your coffee barista station to create a cozy, inviting atmosphere.
How do I clean my coffee barista station?
Proper cleaning of your coffee machine, grinder, and frother is essential to maintain the quality of your coffee and ensure the longevity of your equipment. Refer to your equipment's user manual for specific cleaning instructions.
What are some coffee barista station design ideas?
Some popular coffee barista station design ideas include using open shelving to display coffee mugs and equipment, adding a chalkboard or menu board to showcase specialty drinks, and incorporating a small sink for easy clean-up.