Our expert shares how you can create the perfect coffee and tea station in the heart of your home
(Left) Shibui house in Mumbai; (right) Japanese cast iron teapot from Decor Kart, Rs 5,800
What do you do at home when you get a few minutes to relax? One of my favourite things is to brew a cup of coffee or tea and sit back with a book. It’s like a little ritual for many people to start their day by having a fresh cup of coffee or tea. So how can you create a dedicated coffee or tea station in your kitchen? This is what you need to know.
(Left) Morphy Richards Kaffeto Coffee Maker is a a three-in-one coffee machine with flow metre and temperature control, Rs 17,995; Coffeeza coffee machine helps make gourmet coffee, Rs 13,949; (right) Kumpal Vaid
- Transfer all varieties of coffee and tea into 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 the like together. Keep them in a cup or tin jar or hang them up on a hook so you don’t have to search for them.
- If you use lemon, honey or cinnamon with your warm drinks, have them handy as well—perhaps in a pretty basket, a honey pot or a vintage teacup on a window sill nearby. And remember to keep filters in the station as well.
- Stack or hang coffee and teacups with or near the supply station. Consider keeping everything in one or two trays or baskets so it’s grouped neatly together. 5 This may seem obvious but keep the station close to the coffee maker and teapot. It’ll save you from crisscrossing the kitchen when you’re brewing a pot.
- Invest in a good machine that works well more than the aesthetics. Proper decor can elevate or camouflage any machine or gadget. Try to keep the drink station close to the sink (if you have an outlet there). The closer you are to the water supply, the easier it will be.
- Use cinnamon or spices according to the season as aroma, such stations generally smell good and are more inviting. Having a dedicated coffee/tea station can add to the character of your kitchen space and make it efficient in terms of utility.
Coffee stations are the need of the hour, given people are working from homes and hence want multiple areas to work from to break away from the routine within the house. A tea/coffee station provides the much-needed respite from that routine.
For the Shibui house in Mumbai (above), we created it with the liquor cabinet right next to the kitchen, with a wooden horizontal surface to work on and then the kitchen breakfast ledge and then the dining that also doubles up as a work desk. Materials that can be used to make such counters or areas are: distressed wood, or regular wood with the texture still alive, stainless steel counters are also a hit in terms of maintenance if you find it difficult to keep it clean or organised. Add soft fabric or woven thread lights around the station for a nice calming defused lighting.
Kumpal Vaid is the founder and principal designer at Mumbai-based Purple Backyard, an interior design and visual merchandising studio. www. purplebackyard.com
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