I like big cups and I cannot lie. All you other lovers can’t deny. When a venti walks in with a…..OK I’m done. I’ve been drinking coffee since Kimmy Gibbler started bursting in the Tanner house uninvited. So me and coffee, we go way back.
My first taste was when I was 8 years old and asked my uncle T for a sip of his coffee. I was hooked even though my mom told him not to give me coffee because “it would stunt my growth.” I didn’t care, I mean I was already one of the shortest kids in the school. It just tasted so good.
He made his with lots of sugar and milk and actually to this day, so do I.
I’m not one of those coffee drinkers that has to have a venti half-caf vanilla latte, blah, blah from Starbucks or someone who only drinks coffee from the locally owned, organic, fair trade place around the corner. I pretty much like it all. I’m not knocking the Starbucks drinking, fair trade havin’ individual I’m just saying I don’t discriminate.
My boss once told me I wasn’t a real coffee drinker if I didn’t drink it black. Hello where is that rule and who made it because we need to have a talk. On the rare occasion my mother drinks coffee, she drinks it black. Eh, to each his own.
Ok now that I’ve totally rambled on about my coffee story. I really want to share with you how I created my at-home coffee station. I’d gotten to the point where I was constantly having to stand on a chair to reach my favorite cup and dig around in my pantry for my coffee and supplies. So something had to be done.
I mostly used items I already had on hand, but you can purchase a few inexpensive items. You really can make it your own. I do recommend using a tray or basket to chorale items together. It just looks neater, but you can use a wooden cutting board, a marble slab or a simple plastic or acrylic tray. Whatever suits you. I went simple with a single small silver tray.
The biggest thing is make it personal by adding your favorite coffee or teas, syrups, sugars, and creamers. The sky is really the limit. You can fancy it up by adding a towel rack and shower hooks to hang your cups or you can leave a clean cup out the night before, like I do.
I place a few of my at-the-moment favorite tea and coffee. I have some flavored syrup that adds a splash to any coffee or tea. Right now I’m loving hazelnut. I like my coffee with cream so I threw in a few Mini Moo’s creamer, but you can use the powdered non-dairy variety or keep some in the fridge or use the Coffee Mate to go squirt bottle. It doesn’t require refrigeration and comes in several flavors.
In our house we still use the same Mr. Coffee Jr. I had when I was in college, but we also use the Keurig we received for a wedding present. We like both. If I need to make a big batch then it’s the traditional coffee maker, but if we are going single cups then Keurig all the way.
Here are some inexpensive items you can use to create your own coffee station. I love IKEA so most of the items are from there, but really nowadays Target is a great spot for home decor and so is Kirkland’s, Big Lots or even Walmart. If you are looking for a high end coffee station then I recommend Wayfair or Z Gallerie.