Then, a few days later, inspiration hit. We would buy an espresso machine. This would be perfect because a) we both like espresso, b) we both like to experiment with making drinks, c) we like saving money, d) we would increase our popularity as a couple by about 200% and e) we would consequently be very happy people. Steve started looking around on Amazon.com and not only found one that was in our price range, but that also featured a $20 rebate coupon. This is where having a husband who could write for Consumer Reports pays off. The best part? The whole shebang arrived a mere two days after the order...and that was with Free Super Saver Shipping.
We had some beans ground at Starbucks and the result is fantastic. We continue to experiment with different tampering techniques in order to get consistent espresso shots, but overall we are quite pleased with the performance of this little guy.
Here I be after attempting to steam milk for a latte. Heh. Let's just say that various and sundry parts of milk, coffee, water, and mugs were all over the counter and I kept yelling things like, "Eep!" and "Oh, crap!" and Steve kept laughing at me. It was nice that the drink was worth the stress.
So, you know, if you're ever in the neighborhood, stop on by and have some espresso. You may just want to wait outside until I have the milk steamed, though.