What do you do at home when you have a few minutes to relax? One of my favorite things is making a cup of coffee or tea and sitting down with a book. It is like a little ritual for many people to start their day with a cup of fresh coffee or tea. So how do you create a dedicated coffee or tea station in your kitchen? This is what you need to know.
(Left) The Morphy Richards Kaffeto Coffee Maker is a three-in-one coffee maker with flow meter and temperature control, Rs 17,995; The Coffeeza coffee machine helps make gourmet coffee, Rs 13,949; (right) Kumpal Vaid
- Transfer all varieties of coffee and tea to permanent containers such as glass jars, baskets or other containers. Make them easy to see, cute to display, and label them so you can easily tell which one to grab.
- Store all spoons, strainers, diffusers, stir sticks, and more together. Store them in a tin mug or jar, or hang them on a hook so you don’t have to search for them.
- If you use lemon, honey, or cinnamon with your hot drinks, have them on hand as well, perhaps in a pretty basket, honey jar, or vintage teacup on a window sill at proximity. And don’t forget to keep the filters in the station as well.
- Stack or hang coffee and tea cups with or near the supply station. Remember to store everything in one or two trays or baskets so that they are well grouped. 5 It may seem obvious, but keep the station close to the coffee and tea maker. This will save you the hassle of roaming the kitchen when preparing a casserole dish.
- Invest in a good machine that does more than just look good. Appropriate decor can enhance or camouflage any machine or gadget. Try to keep the beverage station near the sink (if you have an outlet there). The closer you are to the water supply, the easier it will be.
- Use cinnamon or seasoned spices as an aroma, these stations generally smell great and are more inviting. Having a dedicated coffee / tea station can add character to your kitchen space and make it efficient in terms of utility.
Coffee stations are the need of the hour as people work from home and therefore want to work in multiple areas to break away from the routine within the home. A tea / coffee station provides a much needed respite from this routine.
For the Shibui house in Mumbai (above), we created it with the liquor cabinet right next to the kitchen, with a horizontal wooden surface to work on, then the kitchen ledge for breakfast. , then the dining room which also serves as an office. The materials that can be used to make such countertops or areas are: aged wood or regular wood with the texture still alive, stainless steel countertops are also a success in terms of maintenance if you have a hard time keeping it clean or organized. Add soft fabric or woven wire lights around the station for beautiful soothing, defused lighting.
Kumpal Vaid is the founder and lead designer of Purple Backyard, a Mumbai-based interior design and visual merchandising studio. www. purplebackyard.com