Don't you just hate it when people put an "x" in espresso? Supposably it's incorrect, irregardless of how many Americans feel.
I've been looking (off and on) for an espresso machine for awhile now. I am somewhat of a coffee whore (I do roast my own beans after all) and I thought it might be nice to have the option in my kitchen.
But those fuckers are EXPENSIVE.
I mean, sure you can get fairly cheap ones, but I'm drawn to the likes La Marzoccos and such. And then run about 5 G's or so. For the base model.
And so my search continued. Albeit fruitlessly. Until recently.
I will now be the owner of a "used" La Pavoni Europiccola espresso maker. It's fairly "old school" and very manual. But I like that.
It's a simple device. One on/off button. You fill with water, heat, and then basically you use the long handle and "pull the espresso shot". Or in reality you are manually pushing the hot water through the grounds and filter.
Coffee AND a workout!
I just hope I like it and it works decently. And that the learning curve for proper use isn't too steep.
And that I can work out the best fine-ness for my expresso blend.