Many people claim that coffee is the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year. About half of the people in the United States over the age of 18 drink coffee every day! Chances are you have many coffee lovers in your family too, so why not treat family and friends to a variety of flavored coffees during the holidays? This post is about how to set up a coffee bar, which is easily attainable with a few choice ingredients.
The first thing you want to do is place the coffee maker and/or cappuccino machine on a solid countertop or sideboard. Make sure the space is big enough to accommodate a variety of items – cups (e.g. regular coffee, latte, cappuccino, and demitasse), saucers, spoons, sugars, creams, and a variety of flavoring ingredients. When beautifully presented, your coffee bar will play a starring role during your holiday festivities!
In addition to plenty of fresh coffee, a well-stocked coffee bar should include the following:
- Kahlua or Creme De Cacao
- Truffles (chocolate-flavored)
- Amaretto (almond-flavored)
- Cointreau (orange-flavored)
- Grand Marnier (orange-flavored)
- Torani variety-flavored syrups
- Frangelica (hazelnut and herb-flavored)
- Granulated raw sugar
- Sugar cubes
- Chocolate shavings
- Ground nutmeg
- Cinnamon sticks
- Whipped cream
Some final touches to your coffee bar (though certainly not necessary) are small flower arrangements, and a nice coffee-focused book to set the entire theme. Brew Better Coffee at Home is the perfect choice!