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How to Setup a DIY Coffee Bar – Holidays At Home

This post has been sponsored by McCafé. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Learn how to set up a DIY Coffee Bar at home so you can spend your holidays at home with those you love and a great cup of coffee any time you please.

How to Set up a coffee bar

During the holidays, friends and family are always popping in for a visit—and making them feel at home is key. I like to be prepared to enjoy the season and spend as much time together celebrating as possible. Setting up a quick and impromptu DIY Coffee Bar is great because you can get that coffee shop vibe at home for so much less and wow your guests with your hospitality. The key ingredient to a great coffee bar is great coffee, and McCafé Premium Roast Ground Coffee is a perfect match!

Why Set Up a Coffee Bar?

You may be asking yourself, why you would set up a coffee bar? Why go to all of that trouble?

First of all, there is no trouble! Coffee bars are so easy to set up, and they can be as fancy or as casual as you want them to be. They are really about being prepared with the essentials on hand for a great cup of coffee.

Second, making your own coffee bar can save you and your guests a ton of money this holiday season. Not only is it a huge savings over those per cup prices but you can Save Now at your local Southeastern Grocers store on McCafé Premium Roast Ground Coffee, 24 Oz or McCafé Columbian Medium-Dark Roast Ground Coffee, 24 Oz. This is one of my favorite coffees to keep on hand because it has such a rich flavor and brews such a fantastic cup of coffee.

What you need for a DIY Coffee Bar

I hit my local Winn-Dixie, a Southeastern Grocers Store, to grab supplies for my DIY Coffee Bar. I love shopping there because it is always so easy to find what I need, and their app helps me see the deals and take advantage of rewards while I shop.


While I was there, I picked up the McCafé Premium Roast Ground Coffee and McCafé Columbian Medium-Dark Roast Ground Coffee because it is hard to make a choice when the coffee is this good.

coffee spoons

You will also need

  • Cream or creamer
  • Whipped cream
  • Spices (cinnamon sugar, pumpkin spice, or cocoa powder)
  • Coffee spoons ( chocolate covered for an added bonus)
  • Coffee Syrups or flavorings (You can even try these homemade coffee syrups)
  • Biscotti or Other Cookies (These Double Chocolate Biscotti are incredible)
  • Cinnamon Sticks or Peppermint Sticks for stirrers
  • To Go Coffee Cups  or Coffee Mugs for serving

How to Set up a DIY Coffee Bar

Full coffee bar set up

This is where your creativity can take over or you can go simple. Pick a spot in your house to set up your coffee bar. It can be on your kitchen counter or on a side table.

Set up your coffee pot and brew a pot of McCafé Premium Roast Ground Coffee or McCafé Columbian Medium-Dark Roast Ground Coffee.

Then, set out the goodies you want to offer: cream, sugar, spoons, biscotti, etc.

Add some flare with some holiday decor: little signs or some garland if you want to spice things up a little.

coffee bar with coffee

Let your guests help themselves to dress up their cup of coffee any way they choose at your DIY Coffee Bar. The appeal is everyone can turn an already delicious cup of McCafé coffee into something extra special with a few mix-ins. The other added bonus is you can enjoy your coffee from the comfort of your home while celebrating the holidays (no drive-through needed).

Impromptu Coffee Bar

McCafé coffee

Be ready to throw together a cute coffee bar any time by keeping a few essentials on hand in your fridge and pantry. It doesn’t take much to pull together a DIY Coffee Bar any time.

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