I might have gone a little bat sh!t crazy and bought an espresso machine. Once you get yourself hooked on $5 dirty soy chai lattes from the local coffee shop your wallet weeps a little on a daily basis. Here she is in all her glory:
I did my research and ended up with a De'Longhi EC702.
It's semi-automatic, which means it requires a live being to do a
little bit of work, which I enjoy. They have others that will grind the
beans, tamp the grounds and pull the shot for you but these tend to run
in the $1000 and up price range. I'm pretty sure I even saw one that
wipes your ass. I digress.
Many YouTube videos, including Alton Brown,
random baristas, and some European dude filming himself with his camera
phone, later I have managed to pull a few decent shots of espresso.
Jeremy is enjoying my new skill set especially since he does not have
permission to touch my machine (which he doesn't have a problem with as
long as I continue to make his lattes).
purchase was in part to thwart some of the overhead on our morning cup
of joe expenses. However, I failed to take into consideration that
consumption has gone up do to the accessibility and perceived savings.
Oh well, it still has it's entertainment value as I continue my quest to
perfect my barista skill set. I see a mean neighborhood brunch at our
place in the near future!