Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
Espresso: Espresso Machines
Ideal espresso corner setup in your kitchen
The Coffee Project
Home coffee Roasting equipment, green beans, and supplies
www.coffeeproject.com
 
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered  
Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Discussions > Espresso > Machines > Ideal espresso...  
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
showing page 1 of 4 last page next page
Author Messages
shnxx
Senior Member
shnxx
Joined: 3 Jul 2009
Posts: 128
Location: Pasadena
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Fri Sep 6, 2013, 10:17pm
Subject: Ideal espresso corner setup in your kitchen
 

I just bought a new home and the kitchen looks beautiful as it is without a lot of clutter.
As such, I think I will need to buy some sort of a cart or an island for the espresso setup

The problem is a lot of espresso setups require plumbing and it would be convenient to have a sink nearby.

What is a common solution for home baristas?
Do you guys just use espresso machines with a separate small water tank?
Have you guys ever purchased espresso carts with refrigerator, water filter, sink etc?
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
Coffeenoobie
Senior Member
Coffeenoobie
Joined: 11 Dec 2011
Posts: 3,052
Location: PNW
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Sat Sep 7, 2013, 12:39pm
Subject: Re: Espresso cart for home use?
 

Armoire can be made to wet bar with 2 five gal water jugs and a pump.  There should be lots of very nice ones on sale now as people get flat screen TVs and so have this tv armoire taking up space. Lots of people have a kitchen cart or side boards set up as a coffee cart.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
shnxx
Senior Member
shnxx
Joined: 3 Jul 2009
Posts: 128
Location: Pasadena
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Sat Sep 7, 2013, 5:38pm
Subject: Re: Espresso cart for home use?
 

Sorry what is armoire?
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
Coffeenoobie
Senior Member
Coffeenoobie
Joined: 11 Dec 2011
Posts: 3,052
Location: PNW
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Sat Sep 7, 2013, 6:59pm
Subject: Re: Espresso cart for home use?
 

Let me google that for you

https://www.google.com/search?q=google&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=3ecrUsfAHar-igK9wYHQCg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=598#q=Armoire&tbm=isch

This is wine but you can get the idea
Click Here (s7d3.scene7.com)

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
calblacksmith
Moderator
calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 8,038
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Sun Sep 8, 2013, 10:25am
Subject: Re: Espresso cart for home use?
 

Plumb in is great to have but not mandatory. As said, some water bottles and a pump like Surflow or Flowjet. I think getting electricty to a cart is harder than your water needs.

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
shnxx
Senior Member
shnxx
Joined: 3 Jul 2009
Posts: 128
Location: Pasadena
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Fri Sep 13, 2013, 9:11pm
Subject: Re: Espresso cart for home use?
 

I found out that it will be possible to get it plumbed in fairly easily thanks to a nearby water faucet outside.

Now I need to find a stainless steel cart/island with a cabin to hide the plumbing and other equipments.

Where to find such a thing? Restaurant equipment stores?

Does anyone have recommendation for contractors in LA to build this into my kitchen?
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
shnxx
Senior Member
shnxx
Joined: 3 Jul 2009
Posts: 128
Location: Pasadena
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Fri Sep 13, 2013, 9:34pm
Subject: Re: Espresso cart for home use?
 

Seems like restaurant equipments offer the best bang for buck.
Prep tables. Sometimes they even have refrigerators.

Click Here (www.abreq.com)

Click Here (www.woodlanddirect.com)

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/app/4047263199.html
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
sgnoobie
Senior Member


Joined: 21 Jun 2011
Posts: 60
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Expertise: I live coffee

Grinder: HMMS
Drip: v60 02
Roaster: Blue Bottle, Ritual,...
Posted Sat Sep 14, 2013, 1:38am
Subject: Re: Espresso cart for home use?
 

best bang for buck? come on...you can't beat this from ikea! haha

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00116996/
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00058487/
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
JasonBrandtLewis
Senior Member
JasonBrandtLewis
Joined: 9 Dec 2005
Posts: 6,475
Location: Berkeley, CA
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -...
Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario -...
Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup
Drip: CCD, Chemex
Roaster: No, no, not another...
Posted Sat Sep 14, 2013, 6:40am
Subject: Re: Ideal espresso corner setup in your kitchen
 

shnxx Said:

I just bought a new home and the kitchen looks beautiful as it is without a lot of clutter.

Posted September 6, 2013 link

Congratulations, Rod, on your new home.  

shnxx Said:

As such, I think I will need to buy some sort of a cart or an island for the espresso setup.

Posted September 6, 2013 link

That is certainly one option to consider.

shnxx Said:

The problem is a lot of espresso setups require plumbing and it would be convenient to have a sink nearby.

Posted September 6, 2013 link

It will be convenient to have a sink nearby regardless of whether you have a pourover espresso machine or one that is plumbed directly into the water supply.

shnxx Said:

What is a common solution for home baristas?  Do you guys just use espresso machines with a separate small water tank?  Have you guys ever purchased espresso carts with refrigerator, water filter, sink etc?

Posted September 6, 2013 link

Yes.  All of the above . . . it depends upon the individual, their experience (and interest), and not least, their budget.

Rod, would you permit me to take a step back for a moment?  Under "coffee expertise," you put down that you were "just starting."  May I ask you what espresso equipment you already own, or have owned in the past?  Also, there are the "standard questions" which -- for me, at least, will give me a much better idea of what sort of setup will work best for you . . .

Standard Questions:
1)  What kind of drinks do you like/want to make?  (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's capabilities.)
2)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself needing to make at ay one time? (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's ability to work continuously.)
3)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself making in any given week?  (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's durability.)
4)  Can you plumb a machine directly into the water supply, or do you want/need a pourover machine with its own reservoir?
5)  Do you have a 20-amp circuit available, or only a (standard) 15-amp circuit?
6)  What is your budget for a new machine?  Does that also include a grinder?  If not, what is your budget for a grinder?

Some of us, Rod, have an SBDU machine with a small, little grinder; others have an HX machine and a commercial grinder, or a DB machine with an electronic titan conical . . . some have our setup sitting on a countertop; others have it on an island.  There is no right or wrong, no "one way" to do it.  One size most definitely does NOT fit all!  ;^)

 
A morning without coffee is sleep . . .
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
shnxx
Senior Member
shnxx
Joined: 3 Jul 2009
Posts: 128
Location: Pasadena
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Sat Sep 14, 2013, 10:27pm
Subject: Re: Ideal espresso corner setup in your kitchen
 

JasonBrandtLewis Said:

Congratulations, Rod, on your new home.  

That is certainly one option to consider.

It will be convenient to have a sink nearby regardless of whether you have a pourover espresso machine or one that is plumbed directly into the water supply.

Yes.  All of the above . . . it depends upon the individual, their experience (and interest), and not least, their budget.

Rod, would you permit me to take a step back for a moment?  Under "coffee expertise," you put down that you were "just starting."  May I ask you what espresso equipment you already own, or have owned in the past?  Also, there are the "standard questions" which -- for me, at least, will give me a much better idea of what sort of setup will work best for you . . .

Standard Questions:
1)  What kind of drinks do you like/want to make?  (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's capabilities.)
2)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself needing to make at ay one time? (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's ability to work continuously.)
3)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself making in any given week?  (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's durability.)
4)  Can you plumb a machine directly into the water supply, or do you want/need a pourover machine with its own reservoir?
5)  Do you have a 20-amp circuit available, or only a (standard) 15-amp circuit?
6)  What is your budget for a new machine?  Does that also include a grinder?  If not, what is your budget for a grinder?

Some of us, Rod, have an SBDU machine with a small, little grinder; others have an HX machine and a commercial grinder, or a DB machine with an electronic titan conical . . . some have our setup sitting on a countertop; others have it on an island.  There is no right or wrong, no "one way" to do it.  One size most definitely does NOT fit all!  ;^)

Posted September 14, 2013 link

Thank you thank you sir.

Answers

I have a Bezzera BB003.
I don't know if this is a quality grinder or not but it has been sufficient thus far for my usage.
I used to use a Gaggia Evolution with a modified steamer but it became insufficient for what I want in a machine - better crema, better steaming abilities, and higher throughput. Also I want something that looks nice enough.

1) I want to make lattes and cappuccinos.
2) I usually make 1 or 2 but sometimes make 4-5. Occasionally I might have parties where I may make more.
3) I will make about 20-40 per week.
4) Yes I can plumb it directly.
5) I did not realize that a 20 amp circuit existed until now so I have no idea.
6) My budget for the machine is around 3000. I can spend more but my preference is to keep it within 3000. Grinder I can spend up to 1500 depending on the machine if my grinder is not good enough for the machine.

Thank you for your advices and looking forward to more!
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
showing page 1 of 4 last page next page
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
Discussions > Espresso > Machines > Ideal espresso...  
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered     Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
Discussions Quick Jump:
Symbols: New Posts= New Posts since your last visit      No New Posts= No New Posts since last visit     Go to most recent post= Newest post
Forum Rules:
No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards.
No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum.
No SEO style postings will be tolerated. SEO related posts will result in immediate ban from CoffeeGeek.
No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum.
Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards.
Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics.
Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies.
Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies.
Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts.
Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.
Find the Right Machine...
Package deals on the best machines from Izzo, Quick Mill, Rocket, La Marzocco & more.
www.clivecoffee.com
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2014 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.450699806213)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+