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23 Coffee Bar Ideas for Channeling Your Inner Barista

Up your coffee game with these java-centric accessories and tools.
by Roxanne Robinson Jul 08, 2021

Many of our daily routines were forever altered in 2020—and that included our morning cup o’ Joe. Those hankering for their favorite coffee shop had to take matters (or, rather, beans) into their own hands to recreate favorite coffee drinks. This increased the interest in the burgeoning coffee bars that were seen pre-pandemic in homes that doubled as co-working spaces and offices. Nest Casa breaks down four different styles of at-home coffee bars that express a love for coffee and the art of making it.

The Barista-Style Coffee Bar

Let’s face it. Who hasn’t seen a barista practicing his or her art and thought, “I wish I could do that.” Setting up a coffee bar at home with these slick gadgets and supplies will have you making foam art on your latte in no time. Essential to this is the coffee maker, of course. Spare no expense here (besides, less trips to the coffee shop mean that this heavyweight will pay for itself in no time). The Rocket Appartamento Nera Espresso Machine is for those who are serious about their java. Please don’t let the complex mechanics intimidate you. Even a novice can master this maker. Once it is up and running, you will need the Cafelat stainless-steel frothing pitchers to achieve perfectly steamed milk. For the Italian experience, Illy’s trio of coffee cups—which features an espresso cup, a cappuccino cup, and a mug. Just remember to drink it standing up for la dolce vita.

The Vintage-Style Coffee Bar

Travel back to the 1950s, when a coffee break felt more formal. These tools and supplies are tailor-made to fit that fantasy. It’s to be expected that SMEG, the Italian appliance brand known for design and technology, delivers top-of-the-line products. Their drip filter coffee maker looks like a cross between a rocket and coffee machine. To add more mid-century design, choose this set of four unique coffee mugs designed by Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal Porcelain. It will delight whoever is drinking from it (and, as each one is a different design, it will help keep track of whose mug is whose). A similar take can be found in this set of four vintage, silver-plated spoons, which were hand-picked from homes and shops in the French countryside. Complete the retro experience with a set of scalloped-edge, white, linen napkins from Moda Domus, available in three colors of contrast-trim stitching.

The Minimalist-Style Coffee Bar

Some love sleek design as much as they love coffee. It’s feasible that the minimalist who devours modern design is as excited about these coffee supplies as they are about drinking energizing drinks. For starters, this Greeting Pour-Over Coffee Stand and Pot from bi.du.haev is certainly a conversation piece. Guests will ponder if their host has taken up chemistry experiments. Equally cool is the Stagg Electric Kettle from West Elm, which heats water to use in a French press or the like. Place this set of Delonghi clear, glass, double-walled espresso cups on Nest Casa’s black lacquer tray for storing and serving. Top it all off with this black marble canister from Williams Sonoma. It’s intended for the bathroom, but it’s perfect for storing grounds. With this, the minimalist coffee bar is neatly complete.

The Ralph Lauren–Style Coffee Bar

Lucky New Yorkers have discovered that Ralph Lauren’s classic American taste extends to coffee. This happened when the designer opened a  Ralph’s Coffee in his Madison Avenue store in 2018. The outpost became a beacon of a return to ‘normalcy’ as an early adopter during the pandemic’s outdoor dining trend which resulted in the corner of 72nd street being sprinkled with tables and chairs. The in-the-know recognize his Americana- and diner-inspired cups, saucers, and plates—which are emblazoned with the green Ralph’s Coffee logo—as irresistible. Ralph Lauren offers the complete set for home use. In keeping with a classic and timeless theme, this Grosche nine-cup stovetop espresso maker is the method of choice. Colorful linen napkins from La Gallina Matta add a charming finish to the set up.

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