You know those days that you wake up so wired and alert that the last thing on your mind is coffee?
Yeah, neither do I.
The first thing I did when we moved into this house (12+ years ago) was put together the coffee cabinet. It has changed a little, but many things have remained in the same exact spot. You know a system works for your family when it remains fairly well maintained. I am not including kid rooms in that statement. 🙂
For as much as I like entertaining and cooking, I consider my kitchen to be on the small side. It doesn’t appear that way at first glance but when you consider that a lot of the cabinetry is for pantry items, not much is left for all my other kitchen needs. I really have tried to use every inch of that kitchen (without it looking too busy) in order to house my many cups, mugs and dishes.
One of the ideas that I love is using the cabinet doors as a place to store small items. I purchased this large adhesive bin to hold larger items like agave or honey and also these two stainless steel shakers that I use for cinnamon and cocoa. I chose those specific shakers because they come with a plastic lid to cover the sifter top.
In the middle is a smaller bin that holds sugar packets. Below that are a few smaller ones that hold the spoons that stir our coffee in the morning. the cappuccino spoons and a few essential oils. Many people may not need spoons in their coffee station because they may have a utensil drawer nearby. In our case, our utensil drawer is across the kitchen. I purchased a set of spoons at Homegoods and dedicated them to this spot. No more walking across the kitchen in the morning just to get a spoon. Maybe this isn’t a big deal but considering that we are half asleep when preparing our coffee, I’ll take the convenience.
On the other side of the cabinet I place my cappuccino maker which I don’t use as often as my coffee maker – that one stays on the counter at all times. Next to it is powdered creamer which I rarely use but I like to have it on hand, just in case my guests request it. You may notice that I removed the wrapper and it looks like a plain white container. This little step may seem silly but keeping your cabinet as monochromatic as possible, makes it look less busy. That big label was red and yellow and now it’s just white and disappears into the cabinet. In front of it you may recognize that plastic container. It was a sweetener and I removed the label on that as well.
I used white plastic shelves throughout the cabinet which allowed me to double up on storage for my plates and various cups.
Then I have my two coffee containers that are really easy to access and to open and close.
I keep a coffee measuring spoon inside each container.
Behind the coffee you will see two woven plastic bins. There I keep extra coffee and frothing pitchers. These items are all concealed inside those 2 stackable bins that I found at Target.
On the other side of the cabinet I have another adhesive bin for more sugars. You should make sure that these bins will have enough clearance when the cabinet closes. In this case, if they were any lower they would crash against the coffee containers. I measured mine to fit above the canisters when the cabinet closes.
Right in the middle are my vitamins. I chose this stainless double tier turntable to hold all of our bottles. Be sure to measure your cabinet to make sure the items will have enough clearance. I have tried so many places to store our vitamins but if they are not in front of our face when we make our coffee, we forget them. Sometimes we still forget them.
In the very top there is a casserole set that I rarely use and that is why it’s so high up. Of course there are many different kinds of coffee mugs in the cabinet but the big ones in the very bottom are the ones we use daily. We keep our coffee maker next to this cabinet (besides the knife).
This system has worked so well for us. I can tell you that besides some minor touch ups, I didn’t have to do much to the coffee station to get it photo ready for this post. It pretty much stays looking like that.
You can customize an are of your own and even add flavored syrups with pumps, just like the fancy baristas have. You can add your touches to make it perfect for you! So are you a coffee or tea lover? How many cups a day? As much as we love coffee, we only have one. Also, do you have an area already dedicated to coffee items?
I love you a latte!
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