Home Espresso – The Slippery Slope

Former Seattle espresso guru tonx is writing about coffee at Dethroner.com for a bit, and I found this post to be so true in many ways: Home Espresso – The Slippery Slope.

Don’t do it. You’ve got so much to live for. Don’t listen to the chorus of coffee geeks chanting “one of us, one of us”. Note the skeptical look on the face of your significant other: you’ll be seeing it again many more times before you get within reach of your quixotic goal. Home espresso sounds like an innocent idea but its really the hobbyist equivalent of the Iraq war – it will cost way more than you expect, and in spite of repeated failures you’ll resist cutting and running.

Basically it’s a high overview of home espresso, but I found some of the comments just as entertaining, such as this man’s repeated attempts to get a good-tasting shot of espresso:

I would say perhaps one in four shots have been drinkable and one in twenty have been excellent. My ratio lately has been much better (every one of the them drinkable, more than half excellent) because I’ve gone absolutely OCD. It’s like rolling a cigarette (as discussed here): you just have to do it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over…

Then do it again and adjust.

Then do it again and adjust.

Then do it again and adjust.

Avoid your wife’s glares.

Then do it again and adjust.

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