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How to Create a Coffee Bar for Out-of-Town Guests

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Love coffee but not the price of coffee shops? Here’s how to create a coffee bar at home! It’s not as hard as you might think.

You’ve been there.

Something wakes you up while you are staying at a friend’s house. Try as you might, you can’t fall back asleep.

You go to the Kitchen hoping to easily find everything you need for your first cup of coffee, but alas, only the coffee pot stares back at you mockingly. Although they said, “Make yourself at home,” there is something awkward about rummaging through cabinets quietly hoping not to wake the whole house.

So you grab a cup of…


and head back to bed. While the coffee pot laughs with each defeated step.

How to Create a Coffee Bar

This doesn’t have to be your story.

With a few easy tweaks, your guests can truly feel at home in your house. They can readily find everything they need for the sustenance of life which is coffee. No more rummaging through cabinets and waking the baby. No more startling awake thinking that a burglar has invaded your house when in reality, it’s Great Aunt Martha just trying to fix a pot of coffee.

The Ninja Coffee Bar® System will transform your countertop into the best, most affordable, coffee shop in town. You can meet the barista in your pajamas and no one will call the police. 


To create your own coffee bar at home, you only need a few simple ingredients. Most of them are probably sitting in your pantry right now! All it takes is a little creativity and you’ll be all set.

What You Need

First, you need a tray. Tiny, big, it doesn’t matter. It needs to be able to hold a few cups so they are easily accessible to your guests.


Set out the sugar in a cute little sugar dish with a spoon nearby.

The cream can be placed in a creamer dish in the fridge that is visible. We use a cute little cow. She’s pretty adorable.

Don’t forget to set out the coffee! You can set out the bag or place the ground coffee in an airtight container. If you buy whole beans, make sure to grind the coffee the night before. The Ninja Coffee Bar® System comes with its own Ninja Smart™ Scoop, so your guests will be able to brew the perfect cup.


No need for filters. (affiliate link) The Ninja Coffee Bar® System comes with a permanent filter. It has a 10-cup glass carafe, two brew styles with five brew types, six brewing sizes, and a built-in hot and cold frother.


Don’t miss the Ninja-exclusive Cafe Forte brew on the Ninja Coffee Bar® System, which amplifies the natural subtle flavors of your favorite coffee. It’s the best. 

Now for the add-ins. While some guests enjoy their coffee black, others (like me!) like a few extras.



Your coffee add-ins can include:

  • peppermint candy sticks
  • hot chocolate
  • sugar
  • flavored creamer
  • half and half
  • red hots
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • caramel syrup
  • caramel sauce
  • chocolate sauce
  • vanilla syrup

Other Food Bar Ideas

Don’t love coffee all the time? Here is a great idea for an Apple Cider Bar!

Enjoying the weather and don’t want to go inside? Here’s how to create your own outdoor serving station.

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Thursday 15th of December 2016

great post

Judy Thomas

Thursday 15th of December 2016

I love this idea! Thank you for sharing it!

Kate | My Mommy Brain

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

I don't drink coffee but my husband does and he would love the Ninja Coffee Bar System!


Sunday 11th of December 2016

I love this idea! I will be having out of town guests over Christmas and will have to try this!! Thanks for sharing :)