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What Should You Put Under Your Coffee Maker?

Coffee maker on a matCoffee maker stations and areas can get messy. Ours does and we use K-cups.  There’s spilled water.  Grounds fall out of tipped K-cups.  If you use ground coffee beans (and/or grind it yourself), your coffee area can get very messy.

Moreover, recently, we put our coffee maker in our dining room by creating a small coffee bar station.  Our coffee maker is on a butcher block which is wood.  We don’t want to ruin the surface so we needed to put something under it.  We went with a large, square decorative plastic placement.  it actually looks quite good.  Setting up our coffee station and having to figure out all the details made me realize that I’m not the only person to wonder what to put under a coffee maker?

While we went with large plastic placement (decorative), it’s not the only option.  Here are more ideas for what to put under a coffee maker, whether in the kitchen, on a coffee bar, on your desk in a home office or on a nightstand next to your bed.

What to put under your coffee maker

Nothing:  If you put your coffee maker in the kitchen on the counter and your counter is granite or quartz, you don’t really need to put it on anything.  Granite and quartz is very durable and can withstand spills, grinds, spilled milk, etc.  Just be sure to clean it regularly.

Tray

A simple tray you think?  A simple tray will do the job but there are several types of trays you can use to put your coffee maker on.  Consider the following different types of coffee maker trays:

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Simple tray

New Star Foodservice 25279 Restaurant Grade Non-Slip Tray, Plastic, Rubber Lined, Rectangular, 16" x 22" Inch, Black

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A simple tray with raised sides helps prevents spills from spreading. It’s a nice, contained coffee maker area that does the job.  Simple is often best.  Be sure to get a dishwasher-friendly tray.

Sliding tray

Kitchen Caddy Sliding Coffee Maker Tray 12", Flyisland Premium Under Cabinet Appliance Coffee Maker Toaster Countertop Storage Moving Slider with Smooth Rolling Wheels (ABS, 12 Inch)

Kitchen Caddy Sliding Coffee Maker Tray 12", Flyisland Premium Under Cabinet Appliance Coffee Maker Toaster Countertop Storage Moving Slider with Smooth Rolling Wheels (ABS, 12 Inch)

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A sliding tray can be a great solution as a space-saving feature. You can tuck your coffee maker toward the wall and slide it out for easy access.

Rolling tray

Copco Coffee Cab Rolling Countertop Small Appliance Stand - 2555-0217,Black

Copco Coffee Cab Rolling Countertop Small Appliance Stand - 2555-0217,Black

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A rolling tray serves the same benefit as a sliding tray but because it can roll, there’s even more mobility to it which might suit you more.

Tray with storage (K-cup storage)

Goldlion K Cup Holder Sliding Tray Pull out Coffee Pod Organizer Rolling K Cup Organization Storage Drawer Countertop Maker Stand Bartesian Rack Capsules Compatible with Keurig Accessories, Black

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I particularly like this solution.  We currently have separate bowls for K-cups but this solves that problem.

Rubber mat

Like trays, there are different types of coffee maker mats.  Here are some options:

Thick spill mat

S&T INC. Rubber Bar Mats, Coffee Maker Mats, or Countertop Spill Mats, 11.9 Inch x 17.8 Inch, Black, 2PK

S&T INC. Rubber Bar Mats, Coffee Maker Mats, or Countertop Spill Mats, 11.9 Inch x 17.8 Inch, Black, 2PK

Source: Amazon

These large spill mats contain spills, provide a non-slip surface and can serve nicely as a coffee maker surface.  They aren’t all that decorative though; more of an industrial look.

Decorative flat mat

This is basically what we use on our butcher block… a  flat decorative plastic mat.

S&T INC. 505601 Coffee and Java Maker Mat, 12'x18', Typography

Source: Amazon

I like the simple decorative mat look; it’s what we use for our coffee station. We have a Keurig coffee maker so spills never really happen although I have been known to turn it on and forget to put a coffee cup in place which results in a big mess.

Sliding mat

3-Pack Cooks Innovations - The Original Glide Mats for Moving Small Appliances - Coffee Makers, Blenders, Stand Mixers, Toasters & More

Source: Amazon

The problem with most mats is they don’t slide around.  Problem solved if you like moving your coffee maker, say from a hard-to-reach area… get a sliding mat such like the one pictured above.

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Coffee machine pad (espresso tamping mat)

Yolococa Tamper Mat Espresso Tamping Mat Food Grade Non-Slip Coffee Pad Tamp Station Espresso Accessory, 5 Inch X 12 Inch

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Corretto Espresso Tamping Mat - Luxury High-Grip and Food-Safe Black Silicone Corner Tamper and Packing Mat to Protect Your Worktop

Corretto Espresso Tamping Mat - Luxury High-Grip and Food-Safe Black Silicone Corner Tamper and Packing Mat to Protect Your Worktop

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We rented a house last summer with an amazing espresso machine and I can attest that espresso machine areas get really messy. One reason is having to deal with the tamper.  The place we stayed at did not have a tamping pad but surely could have used one for keeping the station cleaner and easier to clean.

What do I prefer?

I like a simple plastic decorative mat.  But I should put that into context. We have a Keurig Elite coffee maker which is pretty clean.  If I ground my own coffee beans, there would be a lot more mess and spills in which case I’d probably opt for a coffee spill mat.  If I had an espresso maker, I’d definitely get a tamp mat.