But how do you go about setting one up?
First, make sure to use a piece of furniture (or allocate a section of your counter top) that is big enough to hold what you will need.
(I put the potting bench outside because there was just too much furniture in here. So I scooted my garage sale find green dresser over to take its place as the coffee bar.)
In order to figure that out, group everything you think you will need on a daily basis on a table or counter top. And then you'll know how big a surface you will need.
Here's what I keep in mind when I arrange a coffee bar, in determining what I will need:
1) Obviously, the coffee maker
2) A jar of sweeteners/sugar
3) A jar of spoons for stirring
4) Something to hold coffee cups/mugs
5) A container for coffee
6) A spoon rest to put your spoon after you stir your coffee
And this is just my personal extra treat: I always have a vintage mason jar filled with aromatic coffee beans (buy the cheap kind) and put a tapered candle in the middle. When you light it, it fills the room with such wonderful scent for a coffee lover!
Then I begin, of course, with the coffee maker first. Once that's in place, I add my glass container of coffee.
Then I organize the mug rack/holder. I add a jar of sweeteners. A jar of spoons for stirring. A spoon rest. And lastly comes my jar of coffee beans with the candle.
Once you've organized your coffee bar (or perhaps it's tea or hot chocolate or liquor), then guests won't have to ask where everything is when they visit. It's all in one special space, and that's great for entertaining.
And since most people tend to drink coffee in the mornings, you don't have to walk from one space to another gathering what you need to make coffee when you're half-awake!
Some people don't feel like themselves until their first cup. So this lessens frustration when you're needing that first jolt of java.