On Friday, on my way home, I stopped by the Saeco Espresso Store. I like checking to see if there are any good deals. I am just about ready to purchase a machine, I’m just waiting for the right one at the right price.
While I was speaking to Kevin (salesperson), I became fascinated by how much of an art there was to making this popular beverage. Yes you could by a automated machine that does all the work for you, but by doing so you would miss out on the ritualistic experience of creating your own perfect cup.
Did you know when making an espresso the grounds should be tamped (pressed) in the filter at 18lbs pressure?
There used to be this tea emporium near my home. I would go there to by my green tea. It was always such an experience in ritual. The owner would not have you just buy some tea. He would have you sample it in the traditional Chinese way. By the time I left I would feel like I just spent a day at the spa.
As I prepare to enter the world of self made espressos and cappucinos, I would love if you would share some of your insights and rituals.
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