To Stay! Coffee Stations for the Home

A cupboard coffee station by Pluck

The pantry was once considered the pinnacle of kitchen design—with attention on how neatly obscure grains are stored. But this year, it’s all about the at-home caffeine station.

“Increasingly, the kitchens we create need to house a high specification artillery of coffee making equipment,” says Tony Hall, founder of the British kitchen company Inglis Hall. “Which means the dedicated home barista station or coffee shrine—call it what you will—is here, and we love it.”

It isn’t all about the gadgetry, though. Hall explains: “The thing that counts most is the ritual surrounding it: the space it creates in your day, the burble of liquid or the flicker of a blue flame. When we design with a ritual in mind, new possibilities open up.”

Here are a few caffeine shrines we’ve been admiring lately.

A coffee station by Inglis Hall
Above: Inglis Hall created this simple niche within reach of the kitchen table. “However you take your coffee, make it count,” says Hall. “It needn’t require an extravagant budget—it’s far more important to engage your imagination and invest in the ritual. A warm fireside nook, a favored chair strategically placed to harvest the morning sun…” Photograph by Inglis Hall.
A coffee station by Inglis Hall
Above: If there are no nooks available, a dedicated work surface area with shelf space above will suffice, as seen here in another Inglis Hall project. Photograph by Inglis Hall.
British Standard tea cupboard
Above: Okay, so this is more of a tea shrine, but the principle is the same. In this instance, all tea-drinking paraphernalia has been corralled in the vintage cabinet above. Design and photography by British Standard by Plain English.
A coffee station by deVOL kitchens
Above: A niche in the wall becomes a recessed coffee setup in this deVOL design. Note the proximity to the stove for handy top-ups. Photograph by deVOL.
British Standard tea station
Above: A British Standard tea station is conveniently wedged between the Aga and the fridge in the home of Lisa Mehydene, founder of edit58. Photograph by British Standard by Plain English.
A cupboard coffee station by Pluck
Above: This discrete niche keeps caffeine-related clutter clear of the main work surface. Design and photograph by Pluck.
A hidden cupboard coffee station by Uncommon Projects
Above: Uncommon Projects designed this “pocket door breakfast bar” for clients who wanted to keep their habit hidden. “A cupboard like this is really practical as it means all the equipment can be kept out of sight when not in use, whilst warm, recessed LED lighting creates a focal point at that end of the room,” explains founder Alan Drumm.  Photograph by Jocelyn Low.
A free-standing coffee station by Pluck
Above: Wine and coffee have been grouped together in this Pluck design, which provides an enticing buffer between the kitchen and living space. Photograph by Pluck.
A free-standing coffee station by deVOL kitchens
Above: If space permits, a free-standing caffeine setup will show how serious your devotion is. Design and photograph by deVOL.
A free-standing coffee station by Inglis Hall
Above: A free-standing barista station that means business by Inglis Hall. Photograph by Inglis Hall.

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N.B.: This post was first published on Remodelista on Feb. 8, 2023.

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