As the subject says... We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen and I manage to get a small space allocated for a coffee/tea/drink prep area. I like the idea of plumbing in the machine but the space is relatively tight (4' wide - 22" counter depth, 16" deep shelves 18" above the counter, drawers under the counter). I pull 2 shots a day as I am working from home these days but that will probably go to 1 shot/day and 2 on the weekends. I don't need anything high volume so the Odyssey OE-1 has my interest presently. I have a Niche Zero on the way, My wife will put a Nespresso next to this machine (don't ask). We will probably have an electric kettle and some pour over + Aeropress stuff residing in this space as well.
I would like the convenience of a plumbed in machine but wonder if the space will allow. There is a water line available nearby for the fridge and the intent is to put the water treatment system in the basement under the kitchen. The water treatment would be shared with fridge/drinking water taps.
Some questions for those who've done this...
- We have city water and our water quality is pretty good in terms of scale/iron/etc. It's chlorinated but not fluoridated and we have a water softener installed. So what is a reasonably priced, low cost consumable water treatment system for drinking water/ice/espresso machine? Any worries about the pressure dropping with multiple loads demanding water (trying to brew at the same time the ice maker and drinking water spout is demanding water)?
- Any suggestions for routing supply + drain in a tight space? I was thinking of putting it behind the cabinet and possibly coming in through the wall vs through the counter (drawers under the counter... tight space).
- Leak detector/shutoff considerations?
- If I go with a lever machine, is the drain really necessary? How often does the drip tray get emptied? Mostly for flush/clean... right?