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    When I was in the UK, it was easy to get plastic cup grid from catering supply shops and cut it to size to put in the cup tray on top of a coffee machine, to protect the stainless steel from scratches. The stuff was used in bars, with the grid separated into roughly 1cm squares. I can't seem to find it in Australia. I'm looking for this, or any other alternatives to lay in the cup tray. I saw a silicone mat awhile back and can't find it again. That's another alternative...if I could only find it. Can anyone help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMG View Post
    When I was in the UK, it was easy to get plastic cup grid from catering supply shops and cut it to size to put in the cup tray on top of a coffee machine, to protect the stainless steel from scratches. The stuff was used in bars, with the grid separated into roughly 1cm squares. I can't seem to find it in Australia. I'm looking for this, or any other alternatives to lay in the cup tray. I saw a silicone mat awhile back and can't find it again. That's another alternative...if I could only find it. Can anyone help?
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    I don't care a bout a few scratches on top of the machine.
    Shows it's been used and loved.

    Each to their own.

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    David8 - That's the mat! Thanks for this. I see the size isn't square, so not quite what I'm after. Attached are pics of the stuff I currently use. I'm planning ahead as I'm thinking of upgrading and thought I'd let the grid that I've got with my current machine go and cut to whatever size I'd need for the new machine.

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    I found a solution at the kitchenware section of the Reject Shop about 12 months ago. It is a grid design in a woven material similar to thick cotton. It is heat resistant and can be washed. From memory I think it can go in the dishwasher. I just cut mine with scissors to fit the top of my Giotto PP. About $5.00.

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    hey meanz would you be able to get a pic of that up?

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    Coffee cup grate to protect machine?

    Meanz, does it allow enough heat through to effectively heat the cups?

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    It lets the heat through and gives total protection to the surface of my machine. It is some kind of heavy cotton-like material. Evey now and then I throw it in the sink and give it a wash.

    I am in Perth cbd today so will swing by the shop I bought it from and see if they still have them and post more details.

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    I had a laugh get me some too and i'll come collect it from you haha
    I'm in perth too :P

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    lemoo check your PM's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod View Post
    I don't care a bout a few scratches on top of the machine.
    Shows it's been used and loved.

    Each to their own.
    I've been accused of being a bit of a maniac about care and maintenance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMG View Post
    I've been accused of being a bit of a maniac about care and maintenance!
    It's funny how people don't care yet if you browse the 'for sale' section people always like to say no scratches etc. I'm by no means paranoid but I did get the silicon skin linked above. A bit expensive but nice to stop machine getting scratched IMO.

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    i got silver polish to polish my giotto :S
    I had a laugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidW1960 View Post
    It's funny how people don't care yet if you browse the 'for sale' section people always like to say no scratches etc. I'm by no means paranoid but I did get the silicon skin linked above. A bit expensive but nice to stop machine getting scratched IMO.
    True! And one of the unintended benefits of the plastic grid (aside from protecting the SS) is that it's easy to slide the grid out, with cups on top and access the water tank. That way I don't have to lift the cups off when topping up the reservoir.

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    Just returned from the Reject Shop and they don't have them in stock. I will check from time to time and post here if they come back in.

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    I use that non-slip style PVC Matting you can buy from almost anywhere these days. Comes in rolls and various colours, and just cut to size. Its possibly similar to the cotton one mentioned, so you do have to lift it to fill resevoir, but may suffice until you find exactly what you want.
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    I used a piece of clear self adhesive plastic book protector material.
    a little like an oversize Iphone screen protector !
    Simple to cut to size, peel and stick.
    cut out vent hole patterns too. It peels off easy leaving no trace of adhesive
    Machine looks as original, easy to wipe clean, not affected by the heat, and the added advantage of being non slip to the cups.
    Cost is probably 0.1 $ or less if you kids have some lying about.
    you could try some funky colors or patterns if you were so inclined !

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    +1 to the non-slip material. I placed mine on top of the machine temporarily after I opened a jar some months ago and haven't moved since

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    Coffee cup grate to protect machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by ST View Post
    +1 to the non-slip material. I placed mine on top of the machine temporarily after I opened a jar some months ago and haven't moved since
    Can those take the heat? Wouldn't melt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenvase View Post
    Can those take the heat? Wouldn't melt?
    Most non-slip materials will leach oils even at room temperature and will probably stain the stanless steel it comes in contact with over time. High temp silicone is a far better solution and can be sourced from any decent kitchenware shop... look in the baking/pastry section for silicone sheets

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    Possible, although I haven't seen anything yet on mine yet. I've also still only got an EM6910 which I leave on for really only an hour per day - the high-temp silicone should also do quite well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    will probably stain the stainless steel it comes in contact with over time
    It does not stain the SS, and can take the heat, although I agree it leaves a slight smudge after some time which cleans off easily. However it will prevent the scratching you are concerned about until such time as you find suitable silicone or similar which I also agree would be a better solution.

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