Espresso Machine, D*mmit!
Q: Well Kurt, if its similar to the small, department store type I have, I hope you have better luck than I did. You just (in my experience) don't get anything approaching a "commerially avauilable cup of espresso from these small units. No crema to speak of of. As I said, I hope you have better luck and maybe some of the experienced barristas can provide some tips!
A: True. You need a "pump" machine. A Gaggia "Espresso" is a good entry
level one - it has a good pump and boiler and a 58MM solid portafilter.
But then you didn't ID what you picked up at the garage sale... I have a MR. Coffee one someplace, haven't used it in a while. I thought it
made good espresso, but it was a real drag to clean. I decided I'd rather
pay 3 bucks for a latte than clean the damn thing. Gave up the sugar in deference to the cream. MUCH better idea, and many
thanks for the suggestions; you folks were, as always, right on target. The
LSW *LOVES* both the French Press and the Espresso machine.
Will be having another cup or three shortly.
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