Things That Make Me Happy: My 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.
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.
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.
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
- wire drying rack from World Market (I need a bigger one.)
- espresso cups & spoons
- syrups & sugars
- milk frother
As you can tell, mugs also make me very happy (and will get their own post).
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.
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.