This post and giveaway are sponsored by Hamilton Beach Canada. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
With Christmas looking a little different this year, I’ve been trying to come up with new ways to make the holidays special within our home. That’s how the idea of a Christmas Coffee Bar came about – a space where we can make some fun holiday drinks like you’d get in a fancy coffee shop. The setup was super easy and used many things we already had in the cupboards, but when they’re all gathered together it feels like something special. The star of the show is our new Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker – it is perfect for making coffee, tea or hot chocolate for everyone. I also have a GIVEAWAY where one lucky reader will win their own Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker for the holidays!! (Entry details at the end of this post)
Having the Christmas Coffee Bar in the kitchen has made it really fun to get creative with the kids. We have coffee or tea and they make hot chocolate, all using our Hamilton Beach 2-Way Flex Brew Coffee Maker. They love having free rein to make fun and tasty concoctions. If we had company coming over for the holidays this year, I could see this being a big hit too. This might just have to become an annual tradition! Here are a few tips on how to set up your own.
How to Make a Christmas Coffee Bar
Start off by finding a good space for your Christmas Coffee Bar that isn’t going to get in the way of your main kitchen area. We have a small counter area to the right of our sink where the coffee maker and mugs live all year long. I started by taking everything off the bottom kitchen shelves to make room for the mugs, ingredients and a few decorations. Don’t have counter space? Try setting up your coffee bar on a small table, dresser, bar cart or sideboard in another room. Anywhere that gives you some space to arrange all the goodies.
You can put anything you like in your Christmas Coffee Bar, but here are a few things I gathered up for ours:
- Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker (one machine that can make coffee, tea and hot chocolate!)
- assorted ground coffees and k cup coffees, teas and hot chocolates (use a fun Christmas cookie jar to store them!)
- cinnamon sticks (makes a great stir stick)
- candy canes (use as a stir stick or to crush and sprinkle on top)
- mini marshmallows
- sprinkles, cinnamon or nutmeg for garnishing drinks
- variety of jars to hold toppings, sugar, sweetener, k cups, etc
- cookies & treats (check out my Christmas Cookie Calendar for ideas)
- assorted mugs (clear ones are great for seeing your holiday beverage creations)
- small spoons, plates and napkins
- tray or cutting board to arrange everything
- ornaments, ribbons and greenery to decorate
Once I figured out where I was going to set up the Christmas Coffee Bar, it was just a matter of adding all the ingredients and toppings. I like using clear jars for the cinnamon sticks, candy canes, marshmallows and cookies so you can see them. The k cups are stored in the cookie jar and I have sugar in the white and gold jar. Our regular coffee and filters are tucked in the cupboard below for easy access.
Loving our Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker
We’ve been using the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker throughout the holiday season and love how easy it is to use. It fits in so well with our white farmhouse kitchen. Last year I talked about how much we love our Hamilton Beach Bread Maker, and who knew that we would be using it so much this year. With both our coffee maker and bread machine, I appreciate how well made and well designed these home appliances from Hamilton Beach are. They are definitely getting plenty of use when we’re all spending more time home than ever.
With the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker, both the carafe and singles sides can be programmed. We make ground coffee in the 12-cup carafe or put k cups of speciality coffees, teas and hot chocolate on the singles side. The singles side also has a small brew basket filter that you can use to make a single cup with regular coffee grounds as well.
Inside the cup rest on the singles side is a storage compartment for the brew basket or k cup holder. The cup rest can be pulled out to make space for larger travel mugs too.
Your Chance to WIN a Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker!
Enter below for your chance to win a Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker ($130 value)! Open to Canadian Residents only.
Emily P says
Peppermint Hot Chocolate! Cute idea!
Favourite hot beverage is a vanilla bean latte!
Lara Maynard says
I love this idea! Definitely doing this. Hot chocolate lover here. Also mocha.
Coffee every morning but a treat is white hot chocolate
Spicy Hot Cocoa!
I do love my coffee with just a touch of warm milk at any time!
Patrick Lahaie says
Love a good hot mocha
Carl Gordon says
This is a great looking product
Tea lattes! 🙂
Anu Chopra says
My favorite hot beverage is coffee (double, double).
I’m a lover of all hot beverages, coffee in the morning, tea evenings, and hot chocolate as that special treat on cold winter evenings
A steaming hot cup of salted caramel latte!
Jo Vanderwolf says
Salted caramel latte
Joy D says
My favourite hot beverage would be coffee with cream
Shanel Jaggon says
My favourite holiday drink is salted caramel hot cocoa!
Sandy Wilkinson says
Hot Chocolate with spiced rum. Yummy!
Hot coffee with lots of cream is always good!
Dana Zummach says
Love your festive coffee bar!
hugh laing says
hot coffee with a little milk is my favourite
My Fav Holiday drink is a Peppermint White Hot Chocolate! Yummy!
Jessica Reis says
My favourite hot beverage is coffee!!
Maritess S says
My favourite hot beverage is my morning coffee with sugar and cream.
Love the idea of a Christmas coffee bar – would be perfect for when I can go back to hosting holiday brunch parties, hopefully next year!
Nothing like a classic cup of coffee with a little cream and sugar!!!
I really love hot chocolate. My grand children love it almost as much as me. Nothing better than hot chocolate and whipped cream.
Meghan Andrews says
Wow, your coffee bar is so cute! I love that the Flexbrew holds a full 12 pot of coffee. 🙂
My favourite drink is definitely a hot mocha latte in the afternoon after work to treat myself! For the morning though a strong coffee with a dash of milk 🙂
Ashley W says
My favourite hot beverage is a caramel latte.
Oh this Hamilton Beach Coffee Bar is what I need, we’re all on different schedules, and microwaved coffee isn’t the ultimate brew.
I drink green tea the most. Black coffee would be second.
Janet Lance says
My favorite beverage is Cappuccino. If I could make my own I sure would.
Catherine L. says
I love Baileys in my coffee.
Janice Stromgren says
Coffee with cream and coconut sugar. Delicious
Francis MacDougall says
Great looking coffee maker
Fay VanHorn says
We don’t add anything extra to our coffee, except at Christmas when we add a bit of Baileys!
michele hoch-faintuch says
coffee is my go to drink but sometimes I add hot chocolate to it
Cheryl Germain says
Hot chocolate is my favourite
Allen Myers says
The drink & cookies are making me hungry. This is why I get in trouble when visiting your blog. 🙂
CarolAnn Westbrook says
Coffee is my favourite beverage!
Silvia Bilotto says
my favorite part of the day….drinking my morning coffee
Maxine Turner says
I like my coffee! (And hot chocolate).
Jeremy Tidd says
Straight black tea, 3 sugars.
kristen visser says
My favorite how beverage is a coffee with one cream and one sugar
My favourite beverage is bold, not bitter coffee with cream.
Elizabeth Zambri says
Sandra McG says
my favorite hot beverage is coffee with double cream…..orcoffee and Bailey’s on special occasions!!
Hot chocolate in the winter
Julie F says
I love a Latte
Heather Lynn Ritz says
Janet M says
I do love a mocha coffee.
Oh gosh – i love a good hot black coffee – no extras!
Nathalie Lebeau says
Coffee with 2 milk and 2 sugar.. just made fresh and steaming!! Mmmmm! Thanks for the Giveaway!
Norm B says
Elizabeth Zambri says
Smith Stephen says
Love black coffee, dark roast
Smith Stephen says
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Gloria Webber says
Fresh Brewed Coffee is my favourite hot beverage!
Caramel macchiatos are my favourite.
Nadia R says
A hot cup of columbian coffee with little milk is my favorite.
KATHLEEN CRIPPS says
I LOVE A VANILLA BEAN LATTE.
Love your coffee bar! Piping hot coffee for me.
Sheila B says
I love coffee and tea equally
Lorraine Birce says
No doubt about it…hot chocolate with a splash of Bailey’s, a dollop of whipped cream and a candy cane!
I am all about that coffee! Some of my family love Tea but its coffee for me!
Dynal Roberson says
I drink a lot of coffee…
Scott D says
Hot Chocolate with something a little “extra” in it!
Peppermint hot chocolate is my favourite!
mary yu says
Kimberley Bettencourt says
My favorite hot beverage is a coffee..nothin beats my coffee!
I love holiday drinks, peppermint mocha is one of my fav by far!
Haritha Venkatesan says
My favourite hot beverage is coffee. I can’t start my day without coffee!! This coffee maker looks fabulous for my coffee love!!!
Haritha Venkatesan says
My favourite hot beverage is Coffee! I can’t start my day without Coffee!! This coffee makes looks fabulous for my coffee love!!!
Kristy Reid says
My favourite hot drink is a caramel latte.