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    Setting up espresso shrine

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    Ive just removed my previous Rocky/Silvia/SS base set-up to make room for the plumbed unit and have found the kitchen laminate has been stained by the coffee grounds. I was a little surprised as I always kept the area clean and wiped it down after use, but I guess it must have left a very small film there that has done the job over time. In this instance I was able to remove the stain almost completely, and I know from previous experience that bleach would totally remove it, however I also know that constantly hitting the laminate with that tends to knock it around ... and this time its not a rental property *;D

    I thought I may set up the area with some form of protective/contrasting surface (maybe stainless steel or thin rubber???) that will be easier to keep clean. In the true tradition of blatant plagiarism, I was wondering what others may have done in this regard? That way I can just copy somebody elses brilliant idea and shamelessly claim it as my own.

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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    My grinder curently sits on a thick rubber mat I bought from Di Bartoli.
    My jug and tamper sit on a folded coffee themed tea towel.

    I still get a little of the staining of which you speak.
    Ground coffee finds its way into almost as many places as glitter (dont ask).
    You really will need something to cover a large area I assume.
    Stainless steel or thin rubber sound good.

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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    I have to say that my solution is far from elegant, but is cheap, easily movable for cleaning, and replaceable.

    My ex insisted that if I couldnt keep the whole bench clean, at least I had to limit the area of mess and have a delineated border. The result was a black serving tray that held the machine and grinder, and within which I was allowed to have a much mess as I wanted. Outside that tray, the bench had to be kept clean. I got 4 trays for $3 at the Salvos store.

    Shes gone, the tray remains.

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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    Gday Pete,

    I think youve got to be a bit careful with the type of rubber that you have in contact with the laminate for an extended period, especially if there is a risk of it getting wet..... Probably anything with silicone compounds should be checked thoroughly as Ive experienced problems with that before; causes obvious discolouration of the laminate substrate. Id imagine something that Di Bartoli sold TG would be pretty safe though.

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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    I think it a Bumper brand mat.

    I like the tray idea as the lip would catch and confine stray grinds.

    Im not sure though about grinder slippage though (why I got my mat).
    Greg?

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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    You could take a look at the following link if youre interested in professional quality service mats. They are dimpled so that spillages are contained within the mat, eg. you can pour 2 cups of liquid into them without overflow.

    Due to the dimples they cant be cleaned by wiping and would need to be flushed out or go into the dishwasher.

    They are very expensive!

    http://www.salgo.com.au/displayCat.php?section=BAR&subsection=Bar%20Mattin g/Runners


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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    Why not go for coffee coloured laminate and save yourself a lot of stress? :P

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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    TG--
    I have the tray wedged into a corner, and it is a "sort of" rubbery tray anyway, not one of the shiny melamine style ones, so I have no trouble with slipping.

    Pete--
    Does the current set-up have feet, or sit flat on the bench? How did the coffee get underneath--grounds or liquid?

    Another option would be like I did on either side of the cook-top. I got some nice Italian floor tiles that are textured and look like dark green marble, laid them on the bench, and put a bead of silicon around the edges and between the tiles. This is of course more permanent, but the tiles have survived stinking hot grill pans, grease, and never show a mark.

    I dont know how they are surviving underneath but as we replaced the cook-top and there were marks and places where the laminate had cracked, I dont plan on removing them.

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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    Quote Originally Posted by GregWormald link=1229039408/0#7 date=1229135835

    Pete--
    Does the current set-up have feet, or sit flat on the bench? How did the coffee get underneath--grounds or liquid?
    The previous setup was the Rocky/Silvia sitting on top of their dedicated SS draws. I think the staining was from grounds falling off Rocky and being wiped off but leaving a residue.

    Since posting Ive found I cant really get the grinder looking aesthetically pleasing to the left of the machine, and theres no room on the right, so it will probably go on the other side of the sink. A largish grinder over there will help balance the look (as long as it fits under the cupboards) anyway, and provides the isolation the machine needs to make it a bit of a feature. It may also help make the whole process easier to keep clean. So Ill look at some of those suggestions.

    Pete

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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    After a few overflows of the small driptray on Silvia, I went to a kitchen suppliers and purchased 2 pvc trays with 2cm lips, I placed Silvia in one of them and my bumper box in the other, this saves a lot of mess going on my counter top and catches the occasional spillage.
    But no matter how careful I am there are still coffee grounds everywhere to be cleaned up.
    Perhaps Im just a grub!!!

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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    This is what I have done. I may get some high temp silicone mat and put on the counter if I notice too much splashing etc but the Mazzers tray seems to catch the few grounds quite well.


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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

    Grrr this must surely be the most user UN friendly BeanBay software out there >:( Ill try posting the front view on a new post


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    Re: Setting up espresso shrine

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    Noicccce one Pete ;D ........

    If you want to embed more than one image into a post, you need to host the images on a site like photobucket, etc and then use the HTML Image Tag (the framed picture button above the text box) to site them in the post. You get used to it after a while..... 8-)

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