As we close off Breakfast Week here on The Kitchn, I couldn't help but share this brilliant setup for all you morning espresso lovers. Elsie (of the blog A Beautiful Mess) has a much-loved espresso machine and a tiny kitchen. But when she could no longer afford to give up precious counter space to her beloved machine, she came up with pretty swell solution. Move over, cocktail carts. She just stole your idea and made it better!This isn't just a cart and a few mugs; it's a full-on espresso station in her studio space. Elsie says she loves to entertain, and often has friends and colleagues working at her home during the week, so she needed a practical set-up that would enable her to make lots of espresso drinks but wouldn't clog up her tiny kitchen. Here's what she writes about the station set-up:
To keep things organized, I sketched everything that I wanted the cart to hold before we even started shopping for one. Once it was ready to use, I invested in some good airtight containers for espresso beans, some lucite trays to hold coffee cups and of course, some really good beans... We used Martha Stewart labels and small letter stamps for our beans and syrups... I wanted to have a good variety of sweeteners [so] I made a few simple syrups... and stocked up on truvia and sugar as well.
What a great idea. See more photos and read about the project below: