Winter is officially in 2 days! What better way to enjoy it than to have your very own coffee and tea shop in your home?
I really love going to coffee shops during the chilly winter season. There's a variety of choices of drinks to help you feel all warm and fuzzy inside with every sip. It's not possible or economical to go out and have a hot beverage all the time, so I created a simple little station on my own coffee table (how do you like the baby-proofed corners? Lol).
Some warm lights to set the mood
A chalkboard sign against the table. You can see how I made this chalkboard at home here.
Then, of course, there's the fresh aroma of coffee. I took some coffee beans and placed it in a plate where I also kept a couple of mugs. Now, every time I walk past this area, I can smell the coffee!
Cupcakes just gave the area a little more happiness.
I kept glass jars of things needed for my hot beverage center. Sugar cubes, cocoa and marshmallows.
Here's a tip: stick the instructions of the hot chocolate underneath the cocoa jar so you don't forget the quantities needed. This paper is not noticeable at all on the tray.
Sugar cubes look a lot fancier than regular sugar and are affordable as well!
To make rich hot chocolate or coffee, try adding some Lindt chocolate (or any other brand) to your drink. It gives it amazing taste, and there are so many flavors to choose from!
I kept some toppings for anyone who wants to add whipped cream to their drink
There is also instant coffee in a cup in the corner of the tray. Stirrers are placed behind this.
And finally, I have my little tea station next to it. This acrylic tea organizer works great! It's really good quality and everything is clearly visible. It beats having a lot of cardboard boxes of different types of teas taking up valuable cabinet space. In order to fit the maximum amount of tea bags, I found the best way to store them is in alternate directions - first right side up then upside down.
The only downside with this case is that it doesn't have a latch to keep it locked. But since I'm not transporting it anywhere, it works great for me. Next to it I have a tea bag squeezer. I found that twisting the thread around the teabag on a spoon tends to break the teabag and some of the contents end up falling in the tea. This product resolves that issue!