Life Lessons From A Coffee Station

Point of Use Coffe Station

Photo: Melissa Maria at Architectural Digest

For my talented mother, it was the natural way to do anything.  In design school, they called it Point of Use. The actual concept involves organizing your kitchen, your home, and all the other spaces in your life, so that the tools and products needed, to perform a particular task, are at the Point of Use. Simply put: store it where you use it.


Today’s home coffee stations are perfect examples of Point of Use in practice.  Let’s say you’re hosting a casual dinner party, or entertaining houseguests for several days, in which case, a well-stocked, self-serve coffee station will make your guests feel both pampered and right at home, all at the same time.

The well-stocked station is vital, even when it’s for you alone, as you face yet another busy commute to work. None of us want to waste our mornings gathering items from various kitchen cupboards, just to prepare something for one travel mug. Instead, spending a few moments, easily preparing your morning beverage at a beautiful and efficient space, can set the tone for the rest of your day.

With somewhere around 100 million coffee drinkers in the US, chances are you could benefit from a Point of Use coffee station. However, for some of us, coffee isn’t our cup of tea—literally. So, preparing a refreshment station to accommodate a variety of tastes, will help you stay organized, while showing your guests how thoughtful you are.

Yes, it can take some time to bring it all together, but I’d like to make the process easier for you. That’s why I’m giving you my complete Prepped-out Coffee Station Shopping List for free. It’s the perfect way to get a welcoming spot up and running, as quickly as possible. Also, be sure to check out the Prepperista Shop, where I’ve carefully selected items to help you prepare your coffee station. Then, try using your new Point of Use skills in other areas of your home and work. Where could the Point of Use method make your life easier?


Hopefully, you read last week’s post and filled out my incredibly short Personal Risk Checklist.  If you missed it, or misplaced it, please fill in the sidebar boxes to receive the free checklist by email again—don’t worry, the mail service will remedy duplicates.

Essentially, the checklist is designed to get you thinking about what types of natural and man-made disasters you might personally encounter. Additionally, who are the people in your life that depend on your protection? Once you realize how much is at stake, prepping is a no-brainer.

The connection here is Point of Use. Where do you need to stock the appropriate resources, based on your possible needs? Ask yourself:

  • Where and when are you most vulnerable to potential disasters?
  • Where are your loved ones the most “at risk”?
  • Of course, you will want to prepare at home, but what if a disaster occurred when you were at work and the kids were at school?
  • What if you’re at a crowded shopping mall?

Think about your answers, perhaps writing them down and adding them to the folder I suggested last week. This is where we’ll be focusing in the coming posts. In the meantime, be sure to enjoy a warm cuppa and be grateful for another New Year.

My Best,

Deb King


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