By Julia Schnabel
am sad to say my morals have slipped. You, my former co-workers at
Bellissimo Coffee InfoGroup, will be very disappointed in me. I have
committed the unforgivable, unpardonable sin. I have lowered my coffee
drinking standards considerably. I have been driven to drink unfit
espresso, unfit for even the lowest of the lowly. And the sad fact
is, I am beginning to enjoy it. It gets worse...
I have abandoned freshly roasted
coffee beans. I am now using espresso pods in my tiny, underpowered
home espresso machine! I am so ashamed, and after all I learned working
in the specialty coffee industry for three years... Maybe I should
join AAor should I say EA, (Espresso Anonymous)! I miss the
gleaming Bellissimo office espresso machine and the perfect cappuccinos
I prepared on it every day. And the coffee beans I had access to!
Oh, why did I take it all for granted? I became a coffee snob! But
alas, that has changed.
Now that you know the truth about me, allow me to present
my pathetic case that drove me to this point of desperation:
- There is no place in my neighborhood to
get a perfect cappuccino and my new office does not have an espresso
- I own a cheap home machine.
- I experimented for many weeks on my home machine
using the techniques carefully taught to me in the Bellissimo video
"Espresso 101." I adjusted the grind a 1000 different
ways. I tamped using a lot of pressure, I even tried tamping using
no pressure at all! I tried myriad roastsall to no avail.
Conclusion: you can't make good espresso at home on a cheap espresso
- I then said to myself, "But I so enjoy the
creamy cappuccino and the fond memories that little white cup holds.
I have to do something..."
- Thus the pod.
- Why the pod you ask? Because it is readily
available, and yes, I confess, I like having no mess!
My only consolation for my
behavior comes from exercise, making myself ride my bike eight miles
to get my pods. In fact, just today, as I was riding back with a box
of pods hanging from my handlebars, my mind flashed back to the good
old days with my hard-core drinking buddies at Bellissimo. Believe
me, it's hard being out here on the streets with no real espresso
machine within my grasp.
Maybe someday I'll return to
my beloved specialty coffee industry, but until then, I shall join
the fight for the cause of the home espresso consumer. Better yet,
I'll start an organization for the Improvement of the Home Espresso
Machine. My mission: to test and rate every home machine on the market.
The next step will be to create an affordable machine for the home
that will enable the home consumer to maintain the high standard of
espresso excellence as expressed by Dr. Illy and the respect due to
the coffee growers around the world as shown in the Bellissimo video
"The Passionate Harvest."
I know it's hard for you to
understand my need to take such extreme measures. Again, I beg your
forgiveness for breaking the cardinal rule of the most precious commodity
on this earth.
Your former partner in specialty