Coffee is to at-home workers what coal was to the Industrial Revolution: the indispensable fuel that keeps the machines humming. Like coal, good gourmet coffee comes at a price. Few things are as discouraging as finally sitting down to work only to be derailed by an emergency trip to the neighborhood coffee shop. Setting up your own gourmet coffee bar at home lets you have the best of both worlds: premium gourmet coffee to keep you going, and the convenience of your own coffee machine to keep you from leaving.
At-Home Espresso Bar
Freelancers and others who work from a home office generally have few regrets, but that Monday morning cup of fancy coffee from the office cappuccino machine could be one of them. Don't overlook the importance of a decent refueling station when you're setting up your home office. Since you took off for at-home work, all your free time has become potential earning time, including the time you spend going down to the local coffee shop each morning. Investing in a high-end coffee machine for your kitchen lets you skip that trip and maybe even save money in the long run.
Even if you have a great drip coffee machine next to the stove, you might still feel the temptation to make a “quick” run every now and then to the higher priced coffee bar in your neighborhood. Fight that urge by getting set up with a latte machine, cappuccino machine or other gourmet coffee maker that's right on par with the great steam engine your baristas operate. Clear a space in your kitchen or, better yet, take a break from work and build yourself a service table that's dedicated to nothing but your new coffee bar.
Don't Forget the Coffee Supplies
Make sure there's plenty of room in that coffee bar for all the extras you'll be tempted to fill it with. It goes without saying that your espresso station needs a sorting tray, spoons, wire baskets, cups and more than a few bottles of flavoring syrup.
Add napkins, sugar packets and artificial sweetener packets to your supplies. Bolt a small trash can to the side of your cart, which you now have to mount on casters so it can roll across the room if you decide to work from the couch. Buy regular coffee cups for regular coffee, extra large coffee cups larger refills and even tiny cups if you like using those for espresso.
You Need a Second Machine
With all that gear piled up on the now fully mobile and even possibly motorized cart, it's going to be hard to maneuver it up the stairs. The only sensible solution is to have a second coffee machine for upstairs. This one doesn't have to be anything fancy, just something with a 12-cup capacity, built-in filters and an automated bean grinder mounted to its top. It's also a good idea to set the system up with a timer so you can wake up to the smell of brewing coffee. If that doesn’t cover all your bases, get a K-cup machine for the garage and maybe a French press for the car.
Build your own at-home gourmet coffee station or several of them if you need options, and you can take a guilt-free break from work right in the comfort of your home.
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