Coffee station essentials: bring the café home with these 5 buys

Coffee lover? You NEED these coffee station essentials in your life. Because we're all missing our morning takeaway brews right now...

Coffee station essentials: Whaline 2 Pack Chocolate Shaker + Stencils
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Whether you like your coffee steaming or ice(d) cold, we're here to help jazz up your coffee station at home, just to make lockdown that little more bearable. Not all of us live within walking distance to a Pret...

Some of us love a morning espresso, while others can't say no to a latte at any time of the day *guilty* but no matter your preference, these buys will be sure to make your morning (afternoon, or evening) coffee a little more exciting while stuck at home. Even if you don't already have a coffee machine – some of us just don't have the worktop space for one! If you do have room, check out our best coffee machines guide for some great suggestions, though.

Keep scrolling for five top coffee station essentials (or just stuff you need in your cupboard) to make barista-style beverages from home – thanks, lockdown 2.0.

1. Buy one of these espresso machines for high-quality shots from home

Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine | £89.99  £84 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
We'll be watching out for more price drops on this one, but we don't blame you for wanting it now. This coffee machine is just so gorgeous, but it's not style over substance. The star of the show here is the milk frothing wand, praised by lots of happy cappuccino and latte drinkers. Milky coffee fans, this one's for you. There's a choice of hues to opt for, too.

Lavazza Idola Espresso Coffee Machine | £139 £99 at Lavazza
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Save £40 off this coffee machine which is intuitive and easy to use. It has four different coffee preparation methods with temperature boost and a touch screen interface. Plus it's available in red, grey and black.

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2. Treat yourself to some new (and cute) mugs to enjoy your brew in style

Le Creuset Mugs | 3 for 2 – £30 for 3 mugs (opens in new tab)
Le Creuset currently have an offer on – three for two on their mugs. With several colours to choose from, these mugs are great for coffee and they're seriously stylish. They also come in three sizes – espresso (100ml), stoneware (350ml) and grand (450ml).

3. Invest in a milk frother for next level lattes 

Dualit Milk Frother | £49.99 at John Lewis & Partners (opens in new tab)
This highly-rated milk frother makes creating foamy drinks – mocha, latte, cappuccinos – a very easy task. It takes just 70 seconds to work, and it's an easy way to liven up an instant coffee drink. For if you don't have space for a machine (or the large budget for one).

4. Add these coffee syrups to your basket for barista-style creations

MONIN Premium Coffee Syrup Gift Set | £9.49 £7 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Buy this coffee syrup gift set and give each one a try – whichever ones you like, you can then purchase full-size versions. A tasty addition to iced coffee or an americano, this is the stuff they use in top-quality coffee shops.

6. Use these coffee stencils to cheer yourself up with coffee art

Whaline 2 Pack Chocolate Shaker + Stencils | £10.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
It's still coffee art when it's made using dusted chocolate, right? This is an easy way to brighten up your morning, especially when it's so easy. This set comes with 16 stencils – from a sunshine one to a Christmas tree and even some coffee beans –  as well as two chocolate shakers. Fill them with cocoa powder and get shaking! Your guests will be wowed...

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Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...