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How to Create Your Own Coffee Shop at Home

Castlery   |   Jun 15, 2023

Coffee shops have become our sanctuaries — a place to savour our favourite brews, socialise, or find solace in a cosy corner. But what if you could bring that same delightful experience into your own home?

Imagine waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and enjoying a peaceful moment in your personal coffee shop corner.

If that sounds like something you want, you’re in luck! NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto shares some tips and ideas on how you can create your very own coffee shop at home.

NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® is known for their coffee machines and wide range of coffee capsules, including the STARBUCKS® blends. From lattes to flat whites and even hot chocolate, NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® provides high-quality blends to bring coffee lovers together

Tips for creating a home coffee shop

The centrepiece of any coffee shop is the coffee bar. It's where you house all your coffee-related items, showcase your expertise, and entertain your guests. Here are some ideas and tips to help you create a sophisticated and stylish coffee bar at home.

Designate a specific area

The first thing you should do when creating a coffee bar at home is to designate a specific area. This gives you an idea of how much space you have to work with and how you can decorate it.

It can be a small nook in the kitchen, which gives you easy access to kitchen appliances and water sources. You can even create a unique coffee shop experience on your patio by setting up a coffee bar with some outdoor tables and chairs, surrounded by plants or a pergola for shade.

For a more relaxed and social atmosphere, dedicate a corner of your living room for your coffee bar setup. This allows you to enjoy coffee while lounging on your sofa, reading a book, or having conversations with your guests.

Use a sideboard as a coffee bar

A sideboard can definitely help create a functional yet stylish coffee bar in your home without the need for any prior installments or construction work. Using a sideboard as a coffee bar ensures that everything you need is conveniently within reach, yet neatly organised and hidden away when not in use.

A wooden sideboard with 2 shelves and wine glasses hanging from it. @cozyspaceinterior turns the Lily Sideboard into a home bar area. Also pictured: The Lily Dining Table.

Sideboards typically feature a spacious countertop, providing ample room for coffee machines, grinders, and even decoration. This allows you to have a dedicated space for preparing and serving coffee beverages.

Furthermore, the generous storage capacity that comes with sideboards provides more than enough space to store coffee-related items.

Pick the right coffee machine

The heart of a home coffee shop is a good quality coffee machine, so it’s important that you pick one that suits your taste, preferences, and budget.

NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® has a range of machines that are compact yet stylish, blending well into any coffee bar. Let’s take a look at their coffee machines to identify which ones suit you best.

A coffee machine with 2 cups of coffee and several coffee capsules around it. The NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Genio S Touch. Check out their full range of machines here.

Piccolo XS Genio S Basic Genio S Plus Genio S Touch
Colours Red White - Red
- Black
Price $110 $169 $190 $221
Size 14cm x 28cm x 27cm 11cm x 27cm x 29cm
System Manual Automatic
Control Panel Joystick Control Ring Control Ring LED Touch Screen Panel
XL Cup Function
Temperature Selection
Espresso Boost Function
Energy Saving
Key Propositions Entry-level, budget-friendly choice Automatic and convenient Additional features - Espresso boost & temperature control Modernity and sophistication

Choose comfortable seating

Comfortable seating is an essential aspect of creating a welcoming and enjoyable coffee shop atmosphere in your home.

Opt for chairs that are not only visually appealing but also comfortable to sit in for extended periods - like plush armchairs, bar stools with cushioned seats, or upholstered benches. If space allows, you could even add a 2-seater sofa for the ultimate coffee lounging experience!

A person is sitting on a cane counter chair playing with their dog. The Edith Cane Counter Chairs in White Wash have spill-resistant bouclé seats to make cleaning up easier. Picture credits: @nicolechangmin

If you have limited space but often host guests, choose chairs or stools that can be easily moved around and stacked. This allows you to keep them away when not in use, while still creating a comfortable and inviting seating arrangement for social gatherings.

Set up a clutter-free display

Setting up a clutter-free display is essential to create a visually appealing, organised, and welcoming coffee bar in your home.

A wooden cabinet with glassware, decorative pieces, and artwork. @ourpeachydays keeps the Miles Sideboard clutter-free by decorating only with the essentials.

You may choose to showcase a few key items on your coffee bar to minimise clutter - your coffee machine, a selection of mugs, and perhaps a decorative piece. For other coffee bar-related items, consider open shelving or cabinets with glass doors to keep them away while still flaunting them.

Use cable organisers, adhesive clips, or cord covers to keep cables tucked away and minimise visual distractions.

Incorporate smart storage solutions

Make the most of your available space by incorporating storage solutions like shelves, baskets, and hooks.

For example, the dead space beneath a countertop can store a trolley cart to keep extra mugs, coffee beans, or sweeteners. Make use of vertical space and include a decorative touch by adding hooks or racks to hang accessories like coffee filters, spoons, and other tools.

A sideboard with 4 shelves with drinkware and clothes neatly organised. Use bins or storage boxes to keep coffee cups, utensils and coffee condiments neat and organised. Pictured: The Kinsley Sideboard.

Utilise storage baskets to keep other items like sugar, stirrers, and spare mugs. Additionally, pick baskets made from natural materials like wicker or woven fabric to add texture and warmth to your coffee bar.

Add some wall art

Adding wall art to your home coffee shop can elevate its visual appeal and contribute to the overall ambiance.

Hang coffee-themed posters and artwork such as illustrations of coffee beans, quotes about coffee, or vintage advertisements. Adding wall art can add a touch of sophistication and showcase your passion for coffee.

To take it up a notch, consider incorporating a chalkboard wall or menu board. This allows you to showcase your menu, daily specials, or coffee-related quotes to create that fun element and highlight the authentic coffee shop experience.

Introduce some greenery

Introduce greenery to bring life, freshness, and some natural elements to your coffee shop. Place potted plants or fresh flowers on the countertop or nearby shelves to create a fresh and inviting ambiance.

You can also consider creating an herb garden near your coffee bar by planting fresh herbs like mint, basil, or lavender. Not only do they add a pleasant aroma, but you can also use these fresh herbs to enhance your coffee or create flavoured syrups!

If you have limited space, create a vertical garden with mosstallations or wall-mounted planters to maximise the space and add a lush look to your coffee bar.

Creating a coffee shop experience at home is a delightful way to indulge in your love for coffee while enjoying the comforts of your own space. By following the tips shared above, you can create a charming coffee shop where you can unwind, savour your favourite brews, and enjoy moments of relaxation.

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