Do It Yourself - Fuel Your Day With A Home Coffee Bar

Nothing beats that freshly brewed coffee smell, it awakens the senses and inspires great ideas - however, nothing is worse than having to interrupt a busy day to get your coffee fix. The solution: make your very own coffee bar!

Cart It -Let’s face it, sometimes we are cramped for space - but fear not, you can still have your coffee bar. Repurpose an old cart and turn it into a fancy coffee station (and because it is on wheels you can move it around as needed!)

Hide It- If you are really, really cramped for space a hidden coffee delight in a closet can still warm your caffeine loving heart.

Shelve It- Nothing goes together quite as nicely as coffee and books! Turn a bookshelf into a modern coffee bar that all your literary friends will admire, or choose your favourite book and brew a pot while you read the day away.

Get It- Need your coffee right now? We get it, sometimes we all need that coffee kick but really don’t have the time to indulge in lingering breaks - so the littlest cafe in the world (at the end of your desk in your home office) would be the most sought after hang-out in your home.

Build It - If you have some space, you could create this coffee house ode right in your own home. Splash on some chalkboard paint, put up floating shelves and let inner coffee fanatic loose. (Baked goods might not be good for your waistline but it will be really good for your soul)

Quick Tips On Coffee:

Airtight and Cool

Storage is integral to maintaining your coffee's freshness and flavor. It is important to keep it away from excessive air, moisture, heat, and light -- in that order -- in order to preserve its fresh-roast flavor as long as possible.  Coffee beans are decorative and beautiful to look at but you will compromise the taste of your coffee if you store your beans in ornamental, glass canisters on your kitchen countertop.  Doing so will cause them to become stale and your coffee will quickly lose its fresh flavor.

Storing Your Daily Coffee

It is important not to refrigerate or freeze your daily supply of coffee because contact with moisture will cause it to deteriorate.  Instead, store coffee in air-tight glass or ceramic containers and keep it in a convenient, but dark and cool, location. Remember that a cabinet near the oven is often too warm, as is a cabinet on an outside wall of your kitchen if it receives heat from a strong afternoon or summer sun.

The commercial coffee containers that you purchased your coffee in are generally not appropriate for long-term storage. Appropriate coffee storage canisters with an airtight seal are a worthwhile investment.

Buy Right

It is wise to purchase coffee in amounts proportionate to how quickly it will used. Coffee begins to lose its freshness almost immediately after roasting so it is far better to purchase it in smaller quantities. Purchase freshly roasted coffee frequently and buy only what you will use in the next 1 or 2 weeks. And because exposure to air is your coffee's worst enemy, it is a good idea to divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, keeping the larger, unused portion in an air-tight container.

Storing Larger Quantities of Coffee

If you've purchased a large quantity of coffee that you will not use immediately, small portions, wrapped in airtight bags, can be stored for up to a month in the freezer.  Once you have removed them from the freezer, however, do not return them. Instead, move them to an air-tight container and store in a cool, dry place.

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