Hi welcome to my blog. I am a coffee addict. I lived in Venice in 2005 and converted from a passion for brewed coffee to espresso at that time. Unfortunately at the time the main thing I learned how to do was drink coffee and only later did I learn how to pull decent shots.
Like many who become serious about espresso my first machine was a La Pavoni lever machine. I also thought about other machines, but as much as anything the looks of the Pavoni won me over. It turns out it is a good choice for taste, too, unlike some machines in its price range, but it is certainly not the best machine there is. Then again, much to my shock I later realized that home machines run up to $10,000. The lucky thing is that someone who is willing to learn can pull shots much better on a $1,000 machine than someone who is not willing to learn can pull on a $10,000 machine.
I will certainly have another post about machines, soon.
My goal is to chronicle some of the great things I've learned about espresso and help beginners start out with a faster learning process than I had when I was learning.
In theory what took me 3-4 years could be easily learned in a few weeks or months. I'd love it if I could help someone do that.