Love it, especially the concrete top. A juggler milk dispenser and refrigeration would be cool on it too!
Iíve been a coffee enthusiast for over 10 years and been lurking around the Coffee Snobs site for a couple of years. Iíve 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 wasnít 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 ďmust havesĒ
- Plumbed in coffee machine setup with water filter running to my Profitec Pro 700 and to my tap (to supply filtered drinking water)
- Milk Jug Rinser
- Built in Knock Box
- 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
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 Ė 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.
Iíd like to take this opportunity to thank my friends who spent countless hours in being part of the building process.
This is awesome! Well done
Looks great, top effort that!
Your attention to detail is great. My attention to detail says "how is it connected to water, sewer, and power?".
Thank you all for the positive comments.
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.
That's freaken ridiculous. Can you build one for me?
Great job Hypergear
Just out of interest - where did the awesome retro looking castors come from?
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.
Last edited by Hypergear; 14th June 2016 at 05:02 PM.
Why is it on castors if it has to be plumbed in? Doesn't it stay put? Nice castors, though.
That would have to be about the most pimped out home-based Coffee Cart I've ever seen mate...
That's amazing! Great job.
Love that cart!