The New York Times agrees: “… your hectic mornings need a beverage station”


Tricia Huntley says coffee is a priority for her, but there is no way she could start her day at a chaotic Starbucks. … The ritual starts with grinding Peet’s French Roast beans, brewing the blend, and drinking it either from a Wedgwood teacup or a hand-painted pottery mug. Everything she needs, including sweeteners in vintage bowls, spoons and a spoon rest, is arranged on a tray in a corner of her kitchen.

“Coffee is the one thing you can depend on for starting your day,” says Huntley, an interior designer. “Normally I like my counters clear, but coffee is a priority, and I created a special corner for it next to the refrigerator and under a cabinet. It’s nice to have one thing you can count on.”

…These stations can be as simple or as fancy as you want; the point is to have everything in one place … and as close to the sink as possible.  ...Use labeled canisters to hold coffee and filters and acrylic drawer dividers to line up pods, sweetener packets, honey and other essentials. Mugs can be hung from hooks for easy access.

A coffee station starts your morning off on the right foot. If we can have one semblance of order in our lives, we will take it.

(By Jura Koncius February 20)

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