Coffee Bar Table

Coffee Bar Table

Who are we? Our Story What we do         Lantern is committed to sourcing the highest quality ingredients from responsible and sustainable suppliers, and bringing great specialty coffee to anyone in Grand Rapids. We have created a warm, welcoming space with a wide variety of places to study or have a meeting. Our space is complemented by local art, and you can often hear live music on the weekends. Whether you spend a couple hours here, or have to get your coffee and run, we’re committed to giving you a great experience. History         Steve Wiltjer has been a part of the independent, local coffee world in West Michigan since 2006. During this time, coffee has become his hobby, passion and art. Steve has practiced and perfected his personal coffee skills, enjoying the labor of every cup of coffee he’s created. He’s become a certified Barista with the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a member of the Barista Guild of America and has been certified as a trainer through the SCAA. For Steve, becoming a business owner in this great city and walking this coffee journey have now combined, in Lantern. Coffee has become not only a hobby but also a doorway into the hearts and souls of the people of Grand Rapids.       Married in 2010, Steve and his wife, Rachel Bush, are invested Grand Rapids residents. Rachel and Steve have lived downtown for many years. For better or worse, they’ve committed to this city and have no plans to call elsewhere home. They are dedicated to becoming continuously more invested in the health and happiness of Grand Rapids; the city and the people. Steve has a specific love for the Heartside neighborhood through various past ventures. He’s thrilled that this is a place he can build a business and find another place to call home.   “Lantern exists, not only to provide great, intentional coffee to GR, but also to be a hospitable place for ALL to gather. We desperately value belonging, community and  diversity. And we recognize the deep needs for all three in our current lives and culture. We  hope that our business and space can provide a place for many, many people to gather and  belong.”  
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Coffee Bar Table

Our Story What we do         Lantern is committed to sourcing the highest quality ingredients from responsible and sustainable suppliers, and bringing great specialty coffee to anyone in Grand Rapids. We have created a warm, welcoming space with a wide variety of places to study or have a meeting. Our space is complemented by local art, and you can often hear live music on the weekends. Whether you spend a couple hours here, or have to get your coffee and run, we’re committed to giving you a great experience. History         Steve Wiltjer has been a part of the independent, local coffee world in West Michigan since 2006. During this time, coffee has become his hobby, passion and art. Steve has practiced and perfected his personal coffee skills, enjoying the labor of every cup of coffee he’s created. He’s become a certified Barista with the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a member of the Barista Guild of America and has been certified as a trainer through the SCAA. For Steve, becoming a business owner in this great city and walking this coffee journey have now combined, in Lantern. Coffee has become not only a hobby but also a doorway into the hearts and souls of the people of Grand Rapids.       Married in 2010, Steve and his wife, Rachel Bush, are invested Grand Rapids residents. Rachel and Steve have lived downtown for many years. For better or worse, they’ve committed to this city and have no plans to call elsewhere home. They are dedicated to becoming continuously more invested in the health and happiness of Grand Rapids; the city and the people. Steve has a specific love for the Heartside neighborhood through various past ventures. He’s thrilled that this is a place he can build a business and find another place to call home.   “Lantern exists, not only to provide great, intentional coffee to GR, but also to be a hospitable place for ALL to gather. We desperately value belonging, community and  diversity. And we recognize the deep needs for all three in our current lives and culture. We  hope that our business and space can provide a place for many, many people to gather and  belong.”  
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Coffee Bar Table

     Lantern is committed to sourcing the highest quality ingredients from responsible and sustainable suppliers, and bringing great specialty coffee to anyone in Grand Rapids. We have created a warm, welcoming space with a wide variety of places to study or have a meeting. Our space is complemented by local art, and you can often hear live music on the weekends. Whether you spend a couple hours here, or have to get your coffee and run, we’re committed to giving you a great experience. History         Steve Wiltjer has been a part of the independent, local coffee world in West Michigan since 2006. During this time, coffee has become his hobby, passion and art. Steve has practiced and perfected his personal coffee skills, enjoying the labor of every cup of coffee he’s created. He’s become a certified Barista with the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a member of the Barista Guild of America and has been certified as a trainer through the SCAA. For Steve, becoming a business owner in this great city and walking this coffee journey have now combined, in Lantern. Coffee has become not only a hobby but also a doorway into the hearts and souls of the people of Grand Rapids.       Married in 2010, Steve and his wife, Rachel Bush, are invested Grand Rapids residents. Rachel and Steve have lived downtown for many years. For better or worse, they’ve committed to this city and have no plans to call elsewhere home. They are dedicated to becoming continuously more invested in the health and happiness of Grand Rapids; the city and the people. Steve has a specific love for the Heartside neighborhood through various past ventures. He’s thrilled that this is a place he can build a business and find another place to call home.   “Lantern exists, not only to provide great, intentional coffee to GR, but also to be a hospitable place for ALL to gather. We desperately value belonging, community and  diversity. And we recognize the deep needs for all three in our current lives and culture. We  hope that our business and space can provide a place for many, many people to gather and  belong.”  
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Coffee Bar Table

The explosion in popularity of single-serve coffeemakers like the Keurig has given rise to a new home design trend: the coffee bar. Making a cup of coffee now requires minimal effort, and many of us feel free to indulge in our favorite hot beverage throughout the day, as opposed to just in the morning. There’s no need to venture out to the coffee shop on the corner when it’s easier than ever to enjoy a fresh, hot cup of coffee at home—a convenience especially appreciated by telecommuters. Coffee is such a fixture in our lives, it seems natural to set aside a special place for the satisfying ritual of making it. Here are some of our favorite examples of home coffee bars from around the Web. By Jennifer Noonan Expanded View >
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Coffee Bar Table

     Steve Wiltjer has been a part of the independent, local coffee world in West Michigan since 2006. During this time, coffee has become his hobby, passion and art. Steve has practiced and perfected his personal coffee skills, enjoying the labor of every cup of coffee he’s created. He’s become a certified Barista with the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a member of the Barista Guild of America and has been certified as a trainer through the SCAA. For Steve, becoming a business owner in this great city and walking this coffee journey have now combined, in Lantern. Coffee has become not only a hobby but also a doorway into the hearts and souls of the people of Grand Rapids.
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Coffee Bar Table

The Counter Coffee Station You can style your own coffee station right on your own kitchen counter! If your counter is small, use a base, like a tray, to put all your coffee essentials in a group to decrease clutter. You can also add a shelf above your coffee machine to place cups, coffee, and other essentials. If your counter is large, simply arrange your station in a way that expresses your individuality by adding a coffee pot, unique cups, and whatever you like.
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Coffee Bar Table

TIP: It is not “a rule of thumb” that your coffee station has to be in your kitchen. You can just as well place a coffee bar in your dining room, entertainment room, or home office! Even living rooms can look great with a customized coffee bar designed to be hidden behind closed doors.
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Coffee Bar Table

A coffee bar is a wonderful DIY project, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to use reclaimed objects, you can really make it your own. The centerpiece of this coffee bar is a repurposed window frame, stretched with chicken wire—perfect for displaying photos and cards as well as mugs.