Things That Make Me Happy: My Coffee Station

DIY Coffee Station

I’m starting a new little series called Things That Make Me Happy. They might not necessarily be food related, but things that I want to share with you because they bring me joy in some way or another and I hope that they will to you as well. 

Coffee Station

The Inspiration 

About 6 or 7 years ago, I was shooting my first wedding in Northern California. The bride was getting ready at her friend’s adorable home and I instantly fell in love with this little coffee/tea set up she had in a corner of her kitchen. I snapped a picture to remember it, and knew that it was something that I wanted to have in my own home someday.

DIY Coffee Station

Since then I’ve had quite a few different homes, and I have always had a little coffee area that makes me happy. I am a fairly new coffee lover, and also love tea. Something about the process and the smell instantly makes me relax. Since we often are renting, this is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way for me to add some color and personality into my home. I also want people to feel welcome and cozy when they are here. They can walk over to the coffee area and make themselves a cup anytime they want. Another thing I love is that it is not in the heavy traffic area in my kitchen, if I am making breakfast or brunch, no one is in the line of fire.

DIY Coffee Station

I use a beat up simple white bookshelf that used to be in Ava’s room (from Target) for my base. I have also used a wicker table, but it was really small. I like this set up the best.

Other things I keep in here:

  • my Nespresso Vertuoline machine (love, love, love)
  • Vanizio and Caramelizio pods (my two favorites, but I keep some decaf and unflavored for guests)
  • espresso pods
  • canisters for storage
  • mugs
  • wire drying rack from World Market (I need a bigger one.)
  • mugs
  • espresso cups & spoons
  • syrups & sugars
  • milk frother

DIY Coffee Station

As you can tell, mugs also make me very happy (and will get their own post).

DIY Coffee Station

This sugar pourer is also something that makes me happy because I bought it in Italy in a cute little kitchen shop. Every time I use it, I think of that life-changing trip.

DIY Coffee Station

I also have a wire basket that holds more cups and saucers (obviously, I don’t have enough. Ha!) and sugar bowls, creamers, etc. I also bought those yellow espresso cups from my favorite cafe in Rome. I keep a few sleeves of pods in reserve and my aerocino pot for making lattes and cappuccinos.

DIY Coffee Station

This coffee station makes me really happy. And when people come over, they always comment on it. And promptly make themselves a cup of coffee.

What is making you happy right now?

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51 Comments

  • Cant wait for your mug post, LOVE them! Your coffee station is amazing.

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  • Hi Bree – seeing your coffee stations in previous homes was the inspiration for mine. It’s nothing fancy, more on the practical side, but the ‘hand me over’ Keurig was eating up precious kitchen counter space. Time to re-locate! A table with the Keurig supported a drawer holding K-cups, a tray with mugs, a stoneware crock for discards, teas in canisters, a pretty individual loaf pan with sugar packets, and a slender crystal vase for stirrers – all out of the kitchen and everyone is much happier!

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    • Love. It! Counter space is at a premium here, and Keurigs, etc.. take up a lot of space.

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  • Your coffee cart would make me happy too. Pretty and functional. Going on vacation and not packing a jacket is making me pretty happy. 🙂

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  • I agree with you- there is something about grinding up some fresh coffee beans that is so relaxing. I am a new(ish) coffee drinker too…was a tea drinker solely before but now I drink both. I recently started grinding my own means and oh man- what a difference it makes. I would love an espresso machine, too- like you have. Seriously- looking at your photo on your coffee “station” makes me relaxed. In my future home- I am absolutely having one of these! Love your new “things that make me happy” series!!!

    What makes me happy: lots of things do but I will just tell you one. Coming home from work each night to my dog, Riley, waiting on my red couch for me. EVERY SINGLE night I walk in, there she is, on that couch. she sees me, wags her tail, and rolls onto her back for a belly rub. even though I am ten yards away from her. oh- she makes me so happy- that little rascal!

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    • Puppies make me happy too! I love my pup. We are thinking about getting another pup in the fall.

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  • I see that you have a love and addiction to cute mugs from Anthropology. I have many of the same mugs. I LOVE this post, your coffee station, and the topic of this series. It is all about being happy in this lifetime. We only have one shot at it, we need to find happiness everywhere/way we can. 🙂

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    • Addiction is a good word for it. 🙂 And preach – one shot only!

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    • Why thank you Heidi! I wish that you lived closer so YOU could stop by for a cup of coffee. 🙂

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  • I love your coffee station but more I love your colored mugs soooo pretty. Also love the mug holder could you tell us more about that. I hate having cups sitting over the counter but don’t want to be always getting them out of the cupboard.
    What makes me happy right now is sitting in the shade with my Hubby (we are both retired) enjoying a lovely cup of tea.

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    • There is a link to the mug holder in the post. It is from World Market.

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  • This post made me smile…..I love your coffee station. I love everything about coffee except for two very important things. The SMELL. I can’t honestly remember tasting it because I can NEVER get pass the smell.
    Yet, I envy anyone who loves it.
    I love coffee and tea shops. Mugs and cups/saucers and tea kettles and pots.
    I would also like to start a similar set of posts on my blog.
    inspired me.
    Thank you. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.
    HUGS Sarah.

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    • I am so glad Sarah, I need some happy right now, and it seemed like a good way to get it started.

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  • Oh Bree, what a brilliant & beautiful idea! I live in a shoe box apartment and my Keurig takes up WAY too much counter space. This is genius! I love those mugs of yours – so pretty 🙂

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    • Thank you Natalie! Counter space is at a premium at my house too.

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  • Found a pic of your coffee station on Pinterest and I’m in LOVE! I have a Keurig but am interested in a Nespresso. Any thoughts or cautions? About your inspiration pic? Do you know anything about that shelf on the wall with all the cubbies and glass or acrylic drawers with handles?!? I’m dying for it? Was it wood? I’ve googled my fingers off trying to find it! Thanks!

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    • Thank you! I love it too. It makes me so happy. I love my Nespresso, I would go to Sur la Table or William Sonoma and test it out before you buy. The coffee is pretty strong. You can customize your brew to make it less strong. I *believe* the shelves were from IKEA. I The shelves were wood and the drawers were glass. I think, that was almost 10 years ago.

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  • Haha! You’re adorable! I started out with Cuisinart. . Now have a Keurig, well actually 2. The new 2.0 which to me is a big dud, and the older model. My JC loves coffee, so we have 3 k cup trays AND a carousel. Always looking for a sale or a new flavour. have a syrup dispenser as well as Organic Raw Honey(3 flavors: Blueberry, Orange and Wildflower ) ,Agave; grind Cinnamon; cocoa sifter, Half &Half, Vanilla Creamer, Vanilla Sugar; at least 30 different Celestial Teas both bagged and loose with special diffuser;, 25 different coffees in whole bean –Have Italian burr grinder, ground and in k cups. Have gold k cup individuals as well as the carafe to use with ground. Have like 15 different Contego mugs for hit & cold.
    ☆My wee coffee station grew to be the Beverage station when JC wanted smoothies too. So a blender was added as well as a fruit bowl. Knife and juicer. Before long it seemed like my whole kitchen was a Drinks Station.egads. my KA and Cuisinart processor Mixers and crock pots are stacked to the side.
    I think.. Juan Valdez. Would be proud

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  • I am feeling this coffee station idea!! My plan is to remove the top doors from a stand up cupboard (black). Line back of shelves with pretty contact paper. Mugs up top; use base for my coffee maker and pods + more storage below. Can’t wait to get started!

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    • I’m so sorry, I don’t know. It came with the house.

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  • Hi Bree, I love your coffee station! I would love to do something like this for our kitchen for our keurig & microwave (we have a tint kitchen)! I was wondering if you could give me the dimensions of your stand? I’m looking at bookshelves because they are cheaper than kitchen carts & again, I love your setup.

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    • It is a bookcase from Target. I don’t see it online anymore, but it is about 3 feet wide and 3 1/2 tall?

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  • I have a coffee bar in a hair salon my daughter owns. I had fun putting it together but I can’t seem to find the right cabinet/shelf. I love your white bookcase type shelf unit. Where did you get it? Thank you

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  • I found the bookcase on Target.com! It’s called the Carson 2 shelf bookcase by Threshold. I’m purchasing it to make my own coffee bar! Love that the shelves are adjustable so I can slide my microwave on the second one. We have hardly any counter space, so this will hold our microwave and my minimal coffee set up!

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  • Hi there!
    Just wondering where you found the the “H” wall decor? I really like it!

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    • I *think* Michaels. I got it a long time ago, but you can find letters pretty easily now. I’d try Etsy if you can’t find one in a store.

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      • Thanks! Yes, I see the letters everywhere now but really like the cut out stensil type. Ive tried finding this kind but not sure how to even describe it to search for it. I have a really cool brick wall and think it would look awesome through the cutout. Any ideas?
        Thanks again!

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