Looking for advice for espresso machine counter height


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Mar 14, 2006
Pittsburgh, PA
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First time at this site and just signed up, so mistakenly posted this on another page (forum).

I'm opening a kiosk and could use input about how high I should set the machine. The advantage now is we are drawing up final space plans and nothing has been built. The disadvantage is I need to decide immediately how high I should have the countertop. The machine faces out, so customers will be looking at the back of the barista and can watch the process (good or bad?).

The machine is an Aurelia 3-group. I could set the machine at one height and have a lower counter directly in-front for tamping, with the grinder(s) sitting at the same level as the machine, or make space at the same level as where the tamping is performed.

Not sure if this is strictly an opinion subjest, or if there is actual research I can use.