Tabletop Ideas
Feb 26, 2015

How to create your own cafe at home

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington

How to create your own cafe at home Author: Style At Home

Tabletop Ideas
Feb 26, 2015

How to create your own cafe at home

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington


Is there anything better than being tucked into a cafe corner, people-watching and sipping on a frothy, creamy, extra hot, double foam latte? You might think not. But we think we can top it. How about having that same experience, but at home in your comfiest clothes, albeit minus the people watching? Or even better, being able to whip up your own cafe creations at home for friends and family because you have all the tools you need to become an at-home master barista. It can be done – all you need to do is invest in a few cafe-worthy tools to set the stage – then start foaming! We’ll show you how.

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How to create your own cafe at home

The espresso machine

First things first: You need the right gear to get started and since espresso is the base for so many cafe drinks, an espresso machine should top your list. This sleek, compact machine comes with two thermostats for that perfect temperature cappuccino. DELONGHI Icona Pump Espresso Machine, Hudson's Bay, $249.99.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: Hudson's Bay Credits: Style at Home

How to create your own cafe at home

The frother

That foamy layer atop your latte won’t come easy unless you have a proper frother to turn steamy milk into pillowy clouds. BREVILLE The Milk Cafe Milk Frother, Hudson's Bay, $179.99.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: Hudson's Bay Credits: Style at Home

How to create your own cafe at home

The coffee grinder

You must start with freshly ground coffee beans for the most authentic cafe experience. This grinder will let you get the perfect texture – from fine ground for the best regular cup of joe, to a coarse grind, which is ideal for a French press. Cuisinart Supreme Grind Auto Burr Mill, Canadian Tire, $69.99.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: Canadian Tire Credits: Style at Home

How to create your own cafe at home

The essential barista book

Become one with your love for coffee and all the drink possibilities there are. This book will take you through the ideal grind all the way to perfecting your macchiato and a flat white. The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee, Indigo, $20.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: Indigo Credits: Style at Home

How to create your own cafe at home

The French Press

The French do it best – or at least very, very well. So why mess with perfection? Serving your guests in a sleek, classic French Press instead of a normal coffee pot will make you seem like a real coffee aficionado. Chambord 34-oz. Coffee Press – Shiny, Indigo, $50.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: Indigo Credits: Style at Home

How to create your own cafe at home

The mugs

One of the things we love the most about many independent cafes – the stylish mugs. Play up a theme at your own at-home cafe with a quirky set. Coffee mugs, West Elm, $8 each.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: West Elm Credits: Style at Home

How to create your own cafe at home

The apron

Look the part with a chic barista-approved apron (even if you’re just whipping up a cafe mocha for yourself). French Stripe Apron, Williams Sonoma, $53.39.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: Williams-Sonoma Credits: Style at Home

How to create your own cafe at home

The beans

Stock up on your fave coffee beans and store them properly before grinding for that smooth, perfectly enticing brew. You might want to pick up some flavour shots as well. Equator Coffee Three Months of Coffee, Williams Sonoma, $158.41.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: Williams-Sonoma Credits: Style at Home

How to create your own cafe at home

The new way to make drip coffee

Sometimes just a cup of piping hot coffee is all you need … no foam required. This coffee maker gets back to basics with wood and glass elements and was designed by a chemist to create a tasty, non-bitter java. Chemex 8-Cup Coffee Maker, Crate and Barrel, $44.95.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: Crate and Barrel Credits: Style at Home

How to create your own cafe at home

The measurements

Get your coffee drink just right; a precise scoop means you will get the right intensity each and every time. Double Coffee Measure, Crate and Barrel, $6.95.

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington Source: Crate and Barrel Credits: Style at Home



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