Results 1 to 35 of 35
Like Tree30Likes
  • 2 Post By Chrisj1984
  • 1 Post By readeral
  • 5 Post By Bazooka
  • 1 Post By kyeba
  • 1 Post By Bazooka
  • 1 Post By artman
  • 2 Post By readeral
  • 1 Post By GregWormald
  • 3 Post By snedden9485
  • 1 Post By readeral
  • 1 Post By DesigningByCoffee
  • 2 Post By Javaphile
  • 1 Post By readeral
  • 1 Post By snedden9485
  • 4 Post By shortblackman
  • 2 Post By snedden9485
  • 1 Post By Dimal

Thread: Home coffee station

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229

    Home coffee station

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Looking to get my machine and grinder off my kitchen bench and onto a small station. I'm thinking of something that has a few draws to put equipment in and some cupboards underneath to store cup ls and beans etc. I'd love to have a knock box cut into the top that drops into a bin.

    Anyone got a link to a design or any ideas? Iv spotted one on YouTube a while back, but can't find it now. FYI I have a tank machine and plumbing in etc isn't something on the cards for any conceivable future.

    Cheers

    chris

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Melbourne, Vic
    Posts
    75
    This works for me. Is an old fish tank stand. I put a layer of insertion rubber on bench top. Super easy to clean. Is 1200 long 600 deep. I store my coffee beans underneath. Small area for some cups. Would be great if it had a drawer for all my cups but i just store a few on here instead.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    dan110024 and snedden9485 like this.

  3. #3
    Senior Member readeral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,091
    I can't help but keep eyeing off some of the IKEA kitchen units with wheels. All solid wood. All an extra cost the wife wouldn't agree to... So I've taken over the bench and a cupboard instead :P but I reckon with a bit of tweaking they'd make perfect coffee stations.
    Dimal likes this.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    The Dandenongs
    Posts
    632
    I bought an Alex leva a couple of weeks ago, but before I got it, I worked out that we didn't have the 80cm clearance on any of our benches. Cue new kitchen:
    our house is in a very impractical state at the moment. Eg grinder in the bathroom, fridge near the back door, coffee machine in the lounge.. Cooking food is almost as bad.
    still, the plumbing's done, the ikea kitchen is sitting assembled all over the house, and our dodgy plaster has been replaced.
    We have to get a new floor too, as the tiles we removed had asbestos under them.

    And Alex? Why, He's just sitting in the corner, quietly... patiently. Gleaming but covered.

    thank you for listening.

    when we're finished, I will have 1200 x 600 bench space as per Chris j. (Thanks for showing, 'cause it gives me a better idea of how mine will fit.) I spent ages measuring how much space I needed for grinding (hg one, so I need elbow room) and guessing how much space i need either side of Alex. also imagining the work space. Im pretty sure 120cms is enough. Well, it'll have to be! Draws underneath, and open shelving above for kettle and Trinity One that arrives in about March. At least this much is worked out.

    The built in knock box sounds like a really good idea.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by shortblackman; 31st January 2016 at 11:17 PM. Reason: Photo

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    The Dandenongs
    Posts
    632
    +1 for the open timber (island?) benches with wheels. They're great. Good size for coffee stuff.

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    33
    The timber island benches from Ikea are quite nice, i've got two of them in the kitchen, one setup as a coffee station. The only thing to be aware of is that the timber top isn't sealed, so it will require regular oiling to prevent staining from any water spillages. Failing that you could give it a couple of coats of varnish to seal it permanently.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    https://www.aldi.com.au/en/special-b...her-trolley-1/

    thoughts? Stainless top, could cut a knock box hole in there to drop into the draw. Sizing is perfect.

  8. #8
    Senior Member readeral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,091
    My immediate thoughts are that it might rattle a bit with your pump running (glass cupboard on hinges tend to do that), and metal tends to reverberate rather than absorb vibration - so knocking your puck out in it will be a noisy experience. A wooden top and/or frame would be more likely to absorb that step.

    But that's after spending 5 seconds looking at it on the web.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    Yeah I considered that, but I think I can modify it if required to limit the noise as much as possible.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Newcastle NSW
    Posts
    179
    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    I can't help but keep eyeing off some of the IKEA kitchen units with wheels. All solid wood. All an extra cost the wife wouldn't agree to... So I've taken over the bench and a cupboard instead :P but I reckon with a bit of tweaking they'd make perfect coffee stations.
    +1 for timber kitchen island on wheel. Here is my new set up + flojet and water tank

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1454366927.179110.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1454366953.923232.jpg
    matth3wh, Pretzal, rigs and 2 others like this.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    279
    That's a really smart looking setup. Wish I had the space for an island like that.
    Bazooka likes this.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    Very nice Bazooka. And Hi from a fellow Newy CS!

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Newcastle NSW
    Posts
    179
    Thanks Snedden9485, I just moved north to Indonesia and will always have a soft spot for Newy ... That's my new set up, it was quite a challenging logistic but I am glad by coffee gears arrived in one piece
    snedden9485 likes this.

  14. #14
    Senior Member readeral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,091
    Quote Originally Posted by snedden9485 View Post
    Yeah I considered that, but I think I can modify it if required to limit the noise as much as possible.
    If you think you've got that sorted, then it'd be a great option! Easy to wipe down, won't stain, will fit a modern kitchen style.

    Would need to check the height of it though, just in case your ergonomics go out the window once a machine is up on it. Works for my height and my machine (our bench is 88cm) but can't speak for everyone.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    If you think you've got that sorted, then it'd be a great option! Easy to wipe down, won't stain, will fit a modern kitchen style.

    Would need to check the height of it though, just in case your ergonomics go out the window once a machine is up on it. Works for my height and my machine (our bench is 88cm) but can't speak for everyone.
    yeah should suit me well as I'm 183cm and it's a similar height to my current bench where my machine is.

  16. #16
    Senior Member artman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    2,409

    Home coffee station

    Don't forget you can get the sound deadening stick on material to dampen the sounds of sheet metal. It's very effective.

    Love the white trolley with the timber top. How do you guys find it in terms of being locked in one spot during use?

    Cheers
    snedden9485 likes this.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    . How do you guys find it in terms of being locked in one spot during use?

    Cheers
    Im hoping the locking mechanism on the wheels is sufficient to keep the table stable. If they arent secure enough, ill remove them and just have the wooden legs i suppose. I think i can do some minor mods to the aldi set up to make it suitable, its the right price and saves time to build a new unit from scratch. I know the wife is looking forward to getting my machine and grinder off the bench. Im looking forward to a purpose built area with all my equipment and beans in one spot, should work well.

    The only issue is that ill be a little way from my sink, so filling my tank every few days is slightly harder and emptying the drip tray becomes more of a pain, but thats just how it goes i guess.

  18. #18
    Senior Member readeral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,091
    If you don't have a plumbable machine (or even if you do) a 20L water storage container with a tap on one of those shelves would do you to fill your machine. Means you won't be splashing a reservoir of water all over the place. If you feel like it, you could likewise mod your drip tray with a drain to run into another water storage container for emptying every few days.

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    If you don't have a plumbable machine (or even if you do) a 20L water storage container with a tap on one of those shelves would do you to fill your machine. Means you won't be splashing a reservoir of water all over the place. If you feel like it, you could likewise mod your drip tray with a drain to run into another water storage container for emptying every few days.
    Yeah thats an idea for storing the water for filling, not a big issue though as I only do it every few days and can just remove my tank and walk it to the sink. The main issue is the drip tray. I had thought about draining it into a container, but i guess this means drilling out the bottom of my drip tray on my ECM mechanika??

  20. #20
    Senior Member readeral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,091
    Quote Originally Posted by snedden9485 View Post
    Yeah thats an idea for storing the water for filling, not a big issue though as I only do it every few days and can just remove my tank and walk it to the sink. The main issue is the drip tray. I had thought about draining it into a container, but i guess this means drilling out the bottom of my drip tray on my ECM mechanika??
    Yup, utilising one of these: ECM Drip Tray Drain kit

    Although the manual suggests returning to the supplier to get done, Jetblack would be able to advise if it's a home job or not.

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    Yup, utilising one of these: ECM Drip Tray Drain kit

    Although the manual suggests returning to the supplier to get done, Jetblack would be able to advise if it's a home job or not.
    Cheer Readeral. Food for thought, ill see how it goes and my level of enthusiasm for daily emptying of the drip tray. Nice review of the Profitec grinder, food for thought for my next grinder. Id like to update to a timed grinder i think.

  22. #22
    Senior Member readeral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,091
    Quote Originally Posted by snedden9485 View Post
    Cheer Readeral. Food for thought, ill see how it goes and my level of enthusiasm for daily emptying of the drip tray. Nice review of the Profitec grinder, food for thought for my next grinder. Id like to update to a timed grinder i think.
    You won't know yourself. Sounds like you might need to drop by Jetblack, see if they can give you an incentive deal You might have no troubles, but recently they also put a restrictor into my Technika to keep it's idle temperature happily around 94-97, rather than the grouphead producing steam for me requiring a little flush. Carries a cost, but compared to the frustration of emptying my drip tray daily (or twice!) because of flushing, it was a no brainer. Now with a reliable grinder and machine it's walk up shots all day. Can't fault the service Jetblack have given me over the past 6 months!
    Dimal and snedden9485 like this.

  23. #23
    Senior Member GregWormald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    2,286
    For stopping rattling doors and vibrations through to metal tops: go to your local hardware store and get a few 'stick-on' silicone rubber circles. They come in a variety of sizes and work exceptionally well.

    Greg
    snedden9485 likes this.

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    Great stuff, thanks Greg

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    IMG_9773.JPGHere is the finished product (well kind of). Worked out really nice, happy with the quality of the aldi unit. Just need to do a few mods such as add some cane basket drawers on the left for storage, paint the glass white to keep it tidy and cut a knock box hole into the bench top to dump into a recepticle in the top right drawer.

    Its much nicer having it on its own station and out in the open. Plus the wife is happy to have it off the bench.
    Dimal, shortblackman and ScottyF like this.

  26. #26
    Senior Member readeral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,091

    Home coffee station

    Looks fantastic. I'm a little jealous.
    I'm curious about your workflow - why the coffee machine to the left with a left mounted steam arm?

    [Edit - as below, should have read 'why the bench space to the right with a left mounted steam arm'.]
    Last edited by readeral; 11th February 2016 at 05:02 PM.
    snedden9485 likes this.

  27. #27
    Life-long Learner DesigningByCoffee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Millthorpe NSW
    Posts
    2,038
    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    I'm curious about your workflow - why the coffee machine to the left with a left mounted steam arm?
    A lot of machines have a left mounted steam arm, and most doser grinders (although his is an doserless) have right handed thwackers - that would make that a pretty standard workflow setup I would have thought? I only went to a LHS grinder workflow because it wouldn't fit under the cupboards any more!

    Is a nice little cabinet and setup snedden
    snedden9485 likes this.

  28. #28
    Super Moderator Javaphile's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Earth!
    Posts
    15,566
    Not to mention that it keeps the steam away from the grinder and any coffee in its' hopper.


    Java "Steam milk, not grinders!" phile
    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

  29. #29
    Senior Member readeral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,091
    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    Not to mention that it keeps the steam away from the grinder and any coffee in its' hopper.


    Java "Steam milk, not grinders!" phile
    Haha I'm in no way advocating steaming his grinder, grinder on the right is what I would expect too - sorry for not being clear! My approach is grinder to the far right, machine to it's left, benchspace to the far left for bringing my cups to for milk pouring/plating and leaving my prefilled milk jug there ready for steaming.

    Of course, entirely my preference - hence I was curious about his workflow, he might have a thought that I haven't thought of before (or rarely make milky drinks)
    snedden9485 likes this.

  30. #30
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    Looks fantastic. I'm a little jealous.
    I'm curious about your workflow - why the coffee machine to the left with a left mounted steam arm?

    [Edit - as below, should have read 'why the bench space to the right with a left mounted steam arm'.]
    I guess thats just how I've always worked. I hold the PF in my right hand to grind into basket (one handed operation). When steaming milk i just rest my right hand on the edge of the drip tray to steady myself and it all works well i guess. I'll add some photos once everything is done, still got to do the knock box hole and add my tamping station to the set up.
    matth3wh likes this.

  31. #31
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    The Dandenongs
    Posts
    632
    Update from post #4.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  32. #32
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    The Dandenongs
    Posts
    632
    image.jpg

    And here it is with a horizontal floor.

  33. #33
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    229
    Here are some updated photos, with my new Macap M4D grinder beside the ECM. All looks good and happy with how it has turned out. Considering running a sliding drawer style knockbox under the grinder for the knockbox solution.IMG_9900.jpgIMG_9901.jpg
    Dimal and shortblackman like this.

  34. #34
    Mal Dimal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Warwick, QLD
    Posts
    16,760
    Very spiffy indeed...

    Mal.
    snedden9485 likes this.

  35. #35
    Senior Member artman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    2,409
    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Finally found a suitable bit of furniture to fit the recess near the kitchen which has become my coffee station.

    I reinforced it to make it extra beefy, still need some overhead cupboards to finish it off, but loving it.

    Great to have my own coffee spot with the added bonus of WAF increasing due to freeing up bench space and cupboards in the kitchen. It's more social too for easier interaction while making a brew, the old spot was in the corner.

    Cheers

    ImageUploadedByCoffeeSnobs1471606824.475236.jpg



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •