Here, a high-tech coffee station designed by Nukitchens in South Norwalk includes a Miele coffee maker and separate beverage refrigerator drawers for milk. — Kyle Norton photo

America is coffee obsessed. Consuming a whopping 400 million cups per day, Americans consider coffee a vital part of their daily routine, according to e-importz.com. Now coffee lovers can enjoy their beverage of choice at a custom-designed at-home coffee station, whether it’s a corner of the kitchen counter, a set of built-in cabinets, or a moveable vintage coffee cart. Some homeowners are even opting for warming drawers for mugs for an even more luxurious coffee experience, and beverage refrigerators for storing multiple kinds of milk and iced coffee.

“People are getting serious about their coffee, way beyond basic drip coffee makers,” observes Gabriella Najmy, director of Nukitchens in South Norwalk. “Our clients want built-in coffee appliances for espresso and steamed milk, with places to store beans and equipment for things like pour-over and cold-brew coffee.”

According to Najmy, the high-end coffee industry boom has impacted kitchen design trends, with the coffee station becoming an integral feature, and Najmy suggests devoting part of the kitchen to the coffee station and highlighting it in some way.

“Pick a zone in your kitchen to designate for coffee and store all related items in this area,” she suggests. “Have a coffee station built right into the cabinetry (the company created a wood-grain coffee station, which stood out from the rest of the white kitchen, for one client), and think coffee mugs, filters, coffee beans, grinders, etc. Select a decorative tray to display your most beautiful items on the counter.”

Transform an ordinary coffee maker into a focal point by pairing it with pretty mugs, bowls, baskets, and all the coffee fixings. — Elise Sullivan photo

Debbie DiBlasi, manager of Heritage Allwood Furniture in Danbury, explains that the coffee station does not have to reside in the kitchen. “First, decide where you would like to add your coffee station,” she says. “Is it going into the kitchen, a breakfast area off to the side, or an entertainment/recreation room?”

Next, choose a style. “Sometimes the piece used will be a simple console table,” DiBlasi explains. “We also sell dry sinks, which usually consist of a slightly recessed top to incorporate a basin and pitcher for water. In today’s times, the basin has been replaced with the coffee makers. We have also built custom buffets for a designated coffee center as well.”
Just as important as the coffee is the mug holding the delicious beverage. “Any coffee station, in my opinion, should show off great coffee cups,” said DiBlasi, who also sells many coffee-related signs and pictures. “Last thing we want is clutter, so hand pick those coffee and espresso cups. In my own coffee station, I showcase four exquisite glass cups from Italy and hide the rest.”

“We’re creating a two-part coffee station design for a homeowner’s entertainment room,” DiBlasi says, “with an eight-foot center island that will serve as an anchor for the room and include seating.” The coffee bar itself will be made from solid maple and be the showcase piece, topped by a commercial-grade espresso-cappuccino maker; behind a set of doors will be all the storage for the cups, saucers, etc.

This dry sink, available from Heritage Allwood Furniture in Danbury, is constructed of pine with an antique glazed sage-and-honey finish. According to Debbie DiBlasi, manager, more and more customers are incorporating a coffee station into their homes, and some have been using dry sinks. — Alexis Koukos photo

Any successful coffee bar needs to be grounded by a good coffee maker. “If you love cappuccino, splurge on a Wolf or Miele espresso maker, which also steams milk,” Najmy suggests. “The Wolf coffee maker has multiple milk containers for steaming, so each family member can choose their own milk and keep it cold in the refrigerators.”

Sandara Anderson, a Danbury resident, started her coffee station with a Keurig and K-Cup organizer on the corner of her kitchen counter and recently expanded it to include the Ninja Coffee Bar and frother. “Having the right coffee machine makes all the difference,” contends Anderson, who says she was inspired to make her own coffee because she felt she could make it best.

Those who like to add liquor to their coffee can make an area for sambuca and anisette, according to DiBlasi. She also advises homeowners to consider different factors when choosing furniture for the coffee station.

Many styles can be incorporated into your coffee station through your mugs of choice.
“Vintage mugs (including mismatched) are on trend,” Najmy said. “Matte black elements are a big trend in kitchen design this year, which is also reflected in dishware. Of course, simple white mugs/dishware are always an elegant choice.”

Finally, your coffee station would not be complete without the right coffee beans. According to Doug Zumbach, owner of Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee in New Canaan, Brazil Dattera Estate coffee is trending right now.

“What makes the flavor and aroma of an exceptional cup of coffee is how fresh the beans are,” says Zumbach, who has over 50 coffees available in his store. “When were the beans roasted? If it’s been over three weeks, you’re drinking stale coffee. At Zumbach’s, we roast over 250 pounds per day, providing our customers with fresh coffee.”

Zumbach advises storing coffee in an airtight container to preserve taste and purchasing it on a weekly basis so it stays fresh. To make your cup of joe, use two tablespoons of coffee for eight ounces of water.

 

Creating a coffee station in your home will not only save you time and money, but allows you to enhance your coffee experience. “Homeowners want the ability to have café-level coffee at home, with even more control over their morning cup,” Najmy says. “They can select their beans, brewing method, and sweeteners, and control the whole process, all from the comfort of their own homes.”