3 Ways to Wake Up Your At-Home Coffee Station

published Nov 10, 2017
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Maybe it’s the changing season, maybe it’s the state of the world, maybe it’s just the way we live now. Whatever it is, the home is more and more a place where we want to spend our time. Erin Hiemstra gets it. Her design and lifestyle site Apartment 34 applies a minimalist but warm style to modern living, so we asked her to show us how to set up a coffee corner that fits in the homes of today.

She put together three dreamy looks for the different places you might put your coffee station, which can be personalized to whatever your style might be. Each look stars the new Nespresso Expert machine, whose sophisticated design matches Erin’s simple, contemporary aesthetic. Which look matches your dream coffee station?

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Americano Kitchen

Having coffeehouse quality coffee at home is the ultimate luxury. So why not bring a little bit of the coffee bar vibe into your house? I love the idea of creating a coffee corner in the kitchen. This is the opportunity to really let your personal style stand out. A collection of sleek glass coffee mugs, your Nespresso coffee capsules on display, a stand-out vase, and a favorite ceramic or two create a vignette that makes you smile every morning.

The Nespresso Expert machine’s Americano option brews a perfect version of this classic long espresso drink — an exacting .85 ounces of espresso followed by 4.23 ounces of hot water — creating a true Americano with smooth and round flavor. (You can tell by the silky crema on top that you’ve made a quality cup.)

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Home Office Brew

When you work from home, it can be a little tough to keep the productivity motor running. So why not set up your own personal coffee station within arm’s reach? The Nespresso Expert machine is stylish and won’t take up much space on a work table. A cute cappuccino mug adds a little personality to a desk, and I love that the Nespresso coffee capsules offer little dots of color. Now all you need is a good task light and your to-do list.

However demanding your boss is — i.e., you — you can make a perfectly personalized cup. The Expert machine lets you customize between four sizes (the magnetic drip tray makes switching a breeze) and three temperatures (warm, hot, and extra hot). Extra hot is indeed very hot, handy for those conference calls that go on forever. And warm is useful when the goal is to get the coffee into the system ASAP.

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Chic Coffee Cart

Bar carts have been all the rage for years now, but who says you can’t have a stunning coffee cart?! I say bring sexy back to coffee with a super chic cart in black oak with brass accents. Accessorize using a monochromatic color palette for a super modern vibe. Black porcelain espresso mugs combined with a mix of clear glass options keep things minimalist while your coffee capsules offer luscious color and contrast.

The Nespresso Expert machine’s sleek and sophisticated design lends itself to a day-to-evening coffee cart, with its slim, flat-to-the-wall shape and minimalistic dials. Then when you’re finished brewing, the aluminum coffee capsules can be recycled over and over again: just use a prepaid UPS recycling bag or drop capsules off at one of more than 500 collection points across the country. (Visit nespresso.com or download the app to learn more.)

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About Erin

Erin Hiemstra began Apartment 34 in 2008 to chronicle the renovation of her first condo in Seattle. Almost 10 years, a marriage, one toddler, and a move to San Francisco later, Apartment 34 continues to celebrate life’s joys — design, style, food, fashion, and travel — and helps add a does of sophisticated style to your daily life. Check it out for all the good stuff that makes your day-to-day a little better.