Kitchen island ideas for dual espresso setup. Show me your stuff.

Recommendations for espresso equipment buyers and upgraders.
ben8jam
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Postby ben8jam » Jan 12, 2018, 1:24 am

My Profitec 500 comes tomorrow and I have nowhere to put it. My cabinets are very low (15-ish") and my Silvia just about squeezes under. The Silvia is very light and easy to move in and out, but I know the 500 is going to be about 2x as heavy. SO.

I need a nice island or cabinet to put the 500+Sette on, plus I figured I'd keep the Silvia+Vario for my wife to use and because I just want to keep it ;) I have about 50" of room available.

Has anyone purchased something affordable to dedicate to their machines? Any photos you want to share?

This is on Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20325017/ It's not bad, but at $400 seems a litle much for what it is.

I could DIY too. Just want something nice and stable/sturdy.

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Postby pafcio0 » Jan 12, 2018, 9:16 am

I'm very satisfied with the Rimforsa table. Post a pic of your home espresso setup...

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Postby JohnB. » Jan 12, 2018, 9:30 am

Lots of Islands & carts at Overstock.com
https://www.overstock.com/search?keywor ... ype=Header
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Postby Abecker » Jan 12, 2018, 9:37 am

One option while you search for an island is putting felt pads on the feet of the espresso machine. You would need to hold the machine slightly when putting the portafilter in and out, but it would allow you to slide it on the counter as well.

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Postby dominico » Jan 12, 2018, 2:44 pm

I bought this one and repainted it to match the rest of my kitchen: https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/A ... efinement=
http://bit.ly/29dgjDW
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Postby Phaedrus » Jan 12, 2018, 3:03 pm

ben8jam wrote:
This is on Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20325017/ It's not bad, but at $400 seems a litle much for what it is.

I could DIY too. Just want something nice and stable/sturdy.


I bought that for my coffee bar. It's really awesome and well worth the $400. Just set aside a couple of hours to assemble it. :D

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Postby viveur » Jan 12, 2018, 3:57 pm

I've also considered the Rimforsa, although I managed to just squeeze my machine into my kitchen negating the need (that might change if I ever move).

I actually happened to be in Ikea today, and decided to take a look at the Rimforsa in real life, and one thing that struck me is that it's quite tall. It feels like it would be too high to tamp comfortably (and I'm already quite tall myself). Other than that it does look and feel great.

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Postby Brodie » Jan 12, 2018, 7:51 pm

We almost went with the Rimforsa, but ended up going with the Stenstorp (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60323021/). They are almost identical, dimension wise, but we just liked the look of the Stenstorp a little better. When shopping we were looking for something deep enough, and also wide enough to store all our gear...but also something that felt sturdy enough to handle all the weight. The Stenstorp (and Rimforsa) checked all those boxes. It's the perfect size for our stuff, and I still have plenty of space to work (grind, tamp, etc).

I guess there were two main reasons that lead us to land on the Stenstorp. First, I have a plumbed machine, and while the top of the Rimforsa is wood, and I could drill a hole, I was worried about those drawers. There wasn't a super clean way for me to feed my hoses through the top without running into that drawer. If I put the hole in the very back, I think I could have made it work...but the Stenstorp didn't have any of that to mess with, and was just more convenient. The second thing I liked about the Stenstorp is that there is a panel down the middle of the table (length-wise...cause technically it's a kitchen island). But I was able to drill my hole in the back half of the table and feed my hoses, power, etc...and you can't see them at all when looking at the bench from the front, cause they are behind that partition. Really not a huge deal, but I just liked the clean look of that :)

Again, both options are great. Like I said, my main concern was making sure the table was sturdy enough for the job...and both tables met that qualification.

Good luck with your search!

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Postby ben8jam » Jan 12, 2018, 8:51 pm

JohnB. wrote:Lots of Islands & carts at Overstock.com
https://www.overstock.com/search?keywor ... ype=Header


Good one, didn't think to check there.

pafcio0 wrote:I'm very satisfied with the Rimforsa table. Post a pic of your home espresso setup...


Wow, beautiful kitchen setup - and the Rimforsa looks really great!

viveur wrote:I actually happened to be in Ikea today, and decided to take a look at the Rimforsa in real life, and one thing that struck me is that it's quite tall. It feels like it would be too high to tamp comfortably (and I'm already quite tall myself). Other than that it does look and feel great.


Good point. Going to make a trip out there this weekend.

Brodie wrote:but ended up going with the Stenstorp (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60323021/).


Nice that the back actually will hide all the cables. But looks quite deep.

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Postby ben8jam » Jan 14, 2018, 4:50 am

Well the full size Stenstrop and the Rimforsa were too large for my nook and the mini Strnstrop was too small (though bought it anyway cause we needed an island) so ended up with the FÖRHÖJA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80035920/

It's not the greatest, but for the price it's pretty good. I really wanted something a bit deeper (like the Stenstrop).

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