So, have I shown you the fantabulous gift Wingnut got me for Christmas? It is this beautiful Pasquini espresso machine with coffee grinder. Isn't it shiny and lovely! Wingnut has always been a coffee aficionado (I, on the other hand, grew up drinking pre-ground Folgers) and we have had some form of espresso maker in our home since the earliest days of our marriage. Obviously we've come a long way since our first little $60 Krups machine.
Did you know making proper espresso is an art form? It takes quite a bit of practice and adjustment to get the correct grind, the proper 15 to 30 second shot draw, and a beautiful head of crema. Then there are the variations of drinks to master. Beside a straight espresso, there are Cafe Americano, Cappuchino, Macchiato, Breve, Cafe Latte, Cafe Mocha, Cubano, etc. You can check out an entire list of variations here on Wikipedia. Wingnut has nearly mastered the Cappuchino replete with the classic meringue textured foam. I wonder, if I am a barista, does that make him a barrister? Never mind, my Pasquini is calling me! Would you like a cup?