Food & Recipes, Lifestyle
How to set up a hot beverage station for your morning ‘brew’.
It’s so easy to create a place for coffee or tea in your kitchen.
We all have our routines that we follow in the morning. It might be that you jump up and head straight to the gym with just a bottle of water to get you going with the knowledge that you’ll enjoy your breakfast and whatever hot beverage you like after your work out – as sort of a reward.
Or, you might be like my friend who has a small 2-cup coffee maker on the night stand next to her bed that she sets up before she goes to sleep at night. That way when she wakes up (not really even opening her eyes) she just leans over, flips the start switch and within a few minutes she has her first cup of coffee ready.
That would be great for some, but for someone like me who takes milk or cream in their coffee or a tea drinker that would need hot water it wouldn’t work so well. We still have to get out of bed to prepare our morning ‘brew’.
If your cups and mugs are in one spot in your kitchen, the coffee, tea, sweeteners in multiple other spots, the coffee, espresso maker or tea kettle in another you are taking multiple steps in your kitchen that are absolutely not necessary. And, especially if you are half-awake and this is your first cup of the morning, you definitely want to keep the whole process as quick and uncomplicated as possible.
My tip: Set up an area in your kitchen that is organized for this one specific task – a coffee or tea station with everything you need within reach.
Place your espresso maker, French Press, or Chemex coffee maker in the most convenient spot on your counter (don’t forget the Chemex filters and your espresso pods). In the cabinet directly above place all of your coffee mugs, espresso cups and saucers and tea cups and saucers. If you are a tea drinker have your favorite tea sachets or loose tea canisters with a tea infuser in the same spot. Keep a small bowl with whatever favorite sweeteners you use (if you use any!) there as well. Everything is within easy reach.
Remember you might be half asleep when you stumble into the kitchen to make your coffee in the morning. If everything is within reach, in a defined area, you have just made the time it takes to make your first cup that much quicker and easier. And, saving those extra steps gives you a bit more time to savor your first cup and slowly start to wake up to the new day. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do this all before!