Sunday, March 25, 2012

Home Espresso

I know pod-based espresso machines are cheating; I should select, blend, roast, grind and tamp my coffee beans by hand, ideally using a tamper carved from century-old oak by a wizened tamp-carver deep in the Italian alps. It is not a substitute for a real espresso, drawn by a trained bartender.

But it is a lot better than no espresso at all, and as good in practice as the espresso in many chain stores. And I can get it at home, on a lazy Sunday morning, while wallowing in the Sunday newspaper. Remember, "perfect" is the enemy of "good enough".


  1. Our head chef is a licensed (!) barista and he says the pods are just as good or even better because the odds of getting a bad brew are reduced.

    He designed a custom pod/brew for our office. I'm sure you too could design "Joanne's home brew pod."

  2. Yep, unless you want to make your own blend, using your own coffee.

    As far as I know, the Nespresso pods are still under patent for another year or so, so getting empty pods to fill is difficult. It would be fun to experiment, though.

  3. Here you go:

    Make sure it's fairtrade you put in them....

  4. ddon, thanks! I have to try that. See if I can find a domestic seller, or the original maker, before I brave EBay. Buying domestic is safer, and as it's likely made in China, it always feels wasteful to have it shipped across the Pacific twice.


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