Kitchen coffee center: just put it in a drawer!

One of the main goals for my new kitchen was to find a solution for my coffee stuff. In our previous space, it was sort of confined to a corner of the counter, but still took up counter space and still was an eyesore. Since I use a stove top coffee maker and/or a French press, I hand wash the parts and need a place to dry them. Again, that takes up counter space.

So what do we have in total? A coffee grinder, a hot water kettle, a couple of coffee pots that are used regularly, canisters of beans, a milk frother, coffee stirrers, sugar… these really add up!

The solution is using one of my drawers in our new IKEA kitchen as a hidden coffee station. It turns some of the IKEA parts that go with the Bygel rail system seem to fit nicely on the rails for the drawer. As you can see, I’ve got some of the smaller items in the Bygel cups and have used one of the baskets for drying my coffee pot. I’ve put an old cloth underneath so the drawer doesn’t get wet, and have also taken a small cloth bag and put some uncooked rice in it to absorb any leftover humidity (you can’t see it in the photo but it’s there. It’s about the size of a golf ball). So far, so good.

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I’ve been using Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for my cold brew since that method uses a ton of beans. I’m convinced cold brew can make any coffee bean/roast taste great.

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With the soft-close dampers, none of this stuff slides around. Definitely worth the $4.99 for that feature.

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The hanging containers really do hang and don’t touch the bottom of the drawer, which is nice, however the small rack holding the coffee pot does, hence the towel underneath.

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I also have my coffee scoop and a brush for cleaning the grinder in there. It’s amazing how much stuff goes into making a simple cup of coffee.

If I had a deeper drawer and some additional planning, I could probably fit the hot water kettle and the grinder in there and install some outlets behind the cabinets so they’d be in there full time, but my space is limited. Even so, it’s a huge improvement over what we had before.

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