Home Coffee Bar

 More people are turning toward coffee as their beverage of choice, so a coffee bar makes sense.

More people are turning toward coffee as their beverage of choice, so a coffee bar makes sense.

Who needs Starbucks when a better option can be created right in your own home?

As more people, especially millennials, become health conscious, they tend to consume less alcohol than previous generations. But one drink that is booming and doesn’t show signs of slowing is coffee. Gourmet coffee consumption has become widespread.

One of the options which coffee aficionados sometimes choose for their home is the addition of a coffee bar. A coffee bar gives a permanent counter space for coffee and espresso machines, bean grinders and blenders. A small, easy to clean undermount sink, a couple of high back stools, and mini fridge will make the coffee bar complete. 

 Coffee machines have their own designated counter, which frees up the kitchen from counter clutter and foot traffic.

Coffee machines have their own designated counter, which frees up the kitchen from counter clutter and foot traffic.

“Coffee is important to me,” says Sally S. “A good cup of coffee in the morning is much more important to me than alcohol. All of my friends drink coffee, as well.”

A coffee bar frees up kitchen surfaces

For the homeowner, the opportunity to keep appliances off the kitchen counter can be alluring. But coffee drinkers are unwilling what can be a substantial number appliances away every day between cups, even though they want the counter space in the kitchen free for cooking.  

 Since the coffee bar won't be a place for heavy duty cooking, a six inch backsplash is adequate.

Since the coffee bar won't be a place for heavy duty cooking, a six inch backsplash is adequate.

Having a coffee bar also keeps the coffee making process out of the way of the cook, reducing the foot traffic in crucial kitchen prep areas during meal making. Also, the tools used in the coffee making process can go into the bar sink, leaving the mess out of the cook’s way.

Quartz and coffee

Quartz is the preferred stone for coffee bar countertops because coffee won’t stain it the way it might granite if a spill is neglected. Quartz also has the advantage of coming in many readily available colors. Generally, coffee bars include a workspace and a serving counter. Homeowners usually choose the same countertop for both places. Size, style, and other factors depend on the amount of space, location, etc. The backsplash isn’t usually substantial, often only about six inches, since the counter isn’t used for any significant cooking processes and grease isn’t an issue.

Location

Sally’s coffee bar in between two support beams, but a coffee bar can be built along any wall of the house where power and ware can be accommodated. The stool counter can be freestanding or not, but should be directly in front of the workspace for ease of movement.

“I love my coffee bar,” says Sally. “I was kind of on the fence, but decided to take the plunge anyway, and I'm so glad I did. It’s one of my favorite places in my whole house.” Isn’t having favorite places what owning a home is all about?

If you have a home, business or rental property in the Metro Phoenix area and are considering upgrading with granite countertops or other stonework features, call us here at JDM Countertops at 602-461-7559.