This Friday is a very special anniversary for me. I had a furious one-sided battle with Starbucks last year, who at first lured me in with the promise of free soymilk in exchange for unquestioning fealty and then took it away, so I bought a Gaggia Titanium espresso machine and started making lattes at home, despite not really knowing how.
How fast a year flies by, especially when your heart is palpitating! I am at 1700 espressos pulled (double shots) and have cleared $5,000 in savings. I have put fancy beans (David Lynch, my favorite local Groundworks, Lord Windsor from Long Beach) and cheap/normal beans (bulk from Costco, no-name sale beans at Fresh & Easy) and I’m sorry to say, every single pull has been fucking delicious. The beans create a variety of flavors but I’ve never pulled a shot I didn’t care for.
When I’m away from home, I have been using an Aeropress rig that I’ve used to pull shots in the Catskills, in my sister’s place in New York, on set in Van Nuys and Simi Valley, and in the adorable hipster paradise that is Hicksville trailer park in Joshua Tree. Pulling hot espresso shots on the fly makes you very popular with musicians, comedians, writers, actors, and directors. This is also very fun to use and makes a delicious shot, but it’ll never replace my main man.
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