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  • My Home Coffee Cart Build

    Hi All,

    I’ve been a coffee enthusiast for over 10 years and been lurking around the Coffee Snobs site for a couple of years. I’ve recently updated my Vibiemme Domobar Super Lever which has served me well for just under 10 years with a Profitec Pro 700 espresso machine and a Profitec Pro T64 Grinder purchased from Charlie from Jetblack Espresso. Having had a water tank setup with my previous machine I decided plumbing in my new setup was the only option moving forward.

    Not having permission from my other half to use any bench space in her kitchen I decided it was time to look around for a new bench. After searching eBay and Gumtree (for a second hand bargain) I quickly realised what I wanted wasn’t something I can just buy with a click of a button.
    So I decided to build my own Coffee Cart.
    Next step was to get some ideas by searching Google and other image sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram. Although I had seen some nice Coffee Carts/Bars on various sites I started to note down some of the features and setups that would be suitable for my needs.
    My checklist consisted of the following “must haves”

    1. Plumbed in coffee machine setup with water filter running to my Profitec Pro 700 and to my tap (to supply filtered drinking water)
    2. Milk Jug Rinser
    3. Built in Knock Box
    4. Something unique!

    Welding the frame and wheels

    After welding everything together we finally had an idea on what it would look like.

    Powder Coating Frame

    Re-sprayed the frame and castor wheels in hammer-finish spray and polished base of wheels

    Timber panels

    It was now time to clothe the frame with Tasmanian Oak timber.

    Bench top frame design and preparation

    The frame consisted of 2 parts. The bench top and the smaller concrete insert for the cut out on the front panel. I decided to have the knock box bar and the handle for the cart embedded into the concrete.

    The concrete pour

    My concrete mix consisted of a ratio of 1:3 (1 concrete to 3 sand/rock). I decided to try a product I stumbled across on the internet instead of using the traditional reinforced steel. Instead of inserting reinforced steel into my concrete I used a product called Helix Micro Rebar. The purpose of the Helix Micro Rebar is to bond to all areas of the concrete – including the areas with minimum concrete and the curved cutout points.

    Sealing the concrete and varnishing the timber

    The concrete required two coats of sealing of Dry-Treat Intensifia and the timber panels also required two coats of Feast Watson Clear Varnish

    Fitting off sink, tap and milk rinser on bench top and plumbing inside cart

    The Result | More images can be seen on my Pinterest page.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my friends who spent countless hours in being part of the building process.

  • #2
    Love it, especially the concrete top. A juggler milk dispenser and refrigeration would be cool on it too!


    • #3
      This is awesome! Well done


      • #4
        Looks great, top effort that!


        • #5
          Your attention to detail is great. My attention to detail says "how is it connected to water, sewer, and power?".



          • #6
            Thank you all for the positive comments.


            Images attached.

            The power points inside the cart are powered by the grey cable plugged into an existing power point on my wall. The white cable is the water supply and the black is the drainage.




            • #7
              Originally posted by gonzob View Post
              Your attention to detail is great. My attention to detail says "how is it connected to water, sewer, and power?".

              Haha, I was thinking exactly the same thing :what:


              • #8
                That's freaken ridiculous. Can you build one for me?


                • #9
                  Originally posted by K_Bean_Coffee
                  This could be a new side business venture for you.
                  Thanks * ****. Not really interested in doing it as a business though. It was a once off project to satisfy my needs


                  • #10
                    Great job Hypergear
                    Just out of interest - where did the awesome retro looking castors come from?


                    • #11
                      Reckon this mob would have something to suit Matt...
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                      • #12
                        Hi Matt,

                        Castors were purchased from BJ Bearings on Hume Highway, Campbellfield . They're 8" and from memory were around the $30 mark (each) - give or take $5.


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                        Last edited by Hypergear; 14 June 2016, 05:02 PM.


                        • #13
                          Why is it on castors if it has to be plumbed in? Doesn't it stay put? Nice castors, though.



                          • #14

                            Yes it is staying put. Castors purely for looks.


                            • #15
                              Installed a couple of pendant lights to finish off the look.

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