I’ve recently discovered espresso. Well, I didn’t actually discover it – it’s been around forever. This was more of a personal discovery, and it’s become one of my daily constitutionals. When I wake up from my early afternoon nap (which oftentimes runs into my late afternoon nap), rather than having my wife, Dorothy, administer a low voltage jolt from a defibrillator, I make myself an espresso. It just jump-starts the rest of my day. If the concept is new to you, perhaps the advice below might be helpful.
o 1. Understand what it is. Do some research.
o 2. Be a snob. Coffee is common. Espresso is not.
o 3. If not at home, order it at the coffee bar. And you should drink it while standing.
o 4. If you are an aficionado, cleanse your palate with sparkling water.
o 5. Smell it
for full effect. This is also for a bit of theater if someone is watching.
o 6. Never drink an espresso that doesn’t have crema (brown foam) on top.
o 7. Drink it quickly in one or two gulps, otherwise the crema will have dissolved and some of the taste will be gone.
o 8. Evaluate the finish. Feel the rush.
o 9. Take a second to enjoy the tradition surrounding it. Pay homage.
If making at home, I recommend Starbucks pod-style Verismo V Brewer (costs about $150). It makes a great tasting espresso (complete with crema) and it does it quickly. No muss. No fuss.