Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012, 10:31am Subject: Espresso "Furniture"
I am looking for a good buffet or hutch type table for the kitchen area where I have some space along the wall - to make a, espresso/grinding station.
Does anyone know what type of furniture that might be good for this? Do I have the names right, "buffet" or "hutch". I don't know if I am searching the word for the right type of furniture.
Maybe someon with a similar setup in their kitchen/dining area could post comments or picures of the setup; maybe links to some nice pieces. I am really looking forward to getting my machines off the kitchen counter area into their own dedicated space.
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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012, 11:05am Subject: Re: Espresso "Furniture"
I wish I could remember the thread, but not too long ago, there was a guy who had posted photos of his setup where he used something that looked like (and may have actually been - it's a little vague in my mind) a free standing bar. He had taken out the racks in the center section and put in a 5 gallon bottle from which he ran a tube to simulate a plumbed in machine. (Maybe this description will help someone else remember the post?). I would think something like that would serve your purpose, especially if you could find one with marble top. I know Z Gallery, and maybe Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel, sells a free standing bars where the storage part folds on itself. You could also check Costco (if you're a member).
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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012, 1:55pm Subject: Re: Espresso "Furniture"
I use a kitchen cart I picked up at Wal-Mart. It's study enough to hold a prosumer espresso machine and a commercial grinder. It has a folding leaf at one end and storage with a shelf and doors. In addition, it's on wheels so it's easy to move out of the way when you need to clean up. The top is 27.5 x 19 (without the leaf extended), and it stands a little over 35 inches high. It cost about $90 if I remember correctly. It took me about twenty minutes to assemble.
Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012, 6:16pm Subject: Re: Espresso "Furniture"
Here's my setup. Pardon the mess and image quality, please. To be fair, I'm 16 and this is in my room, so there's no need for any sort of spousal approval. I don't actually remember where I got the table or what its intended purpose was, but since it's completely stainless, cleanup only takes a few seconds. I'd highly recommend something like this if aesthetics aren't an issue. Note- this might not apply to the OP very much, but I was putting it out there just to give ideas to others concerning a basic setup.
Posted Sat Jan 21, 2012, 9:49am Subject: Re: Espresso "Furniture"
I've got my Gaggia Classic, Preciso grinder and a smallish microwave on this Ikea kitchen cart. It's sturdy enough for me, and the drawers hold the spare PFs, baskets and other kit out of the way, and the 230V step up transformer for my Gaggia sits underneath on the shelves. It's just about deep enough for the Classic with a bit of space in front for a neoprene mousemat to tamp on.
Posted Sat Jan 21, 2012, 3:12pm Subject: Re: Espresso "Furniture"
What do you think of this table. My neighbor is getting rid of it for $150. More than its probably worth but he let me see how it looks with the equipment on it. Yes or keep searching? It does take up this whole wall in the room next to the kitchen tho. Thoughts?? Practical?
If it is all hardwood and quality construction (dovetailed drawers, wood back and not cardboard, etc.) then it is well worth it as long as it isn't too tall. maybe a piece of glass, plastic, or marble cut for the top. ..?
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