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I'm the (self-proclaimed) "Espresso Guy." I created this website to educate the home espresso making newbie and to provide recipes, tips, and troubleshooting steps for those already pulling their own espresso shots. If you're having trouble deciding what to buy, there's guides on buying beans and equipment.

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Slow motion video of an espresso shot

YouTube user skunkay posted this video of an espresso extraction with a naked portafilter. It’s the most amazing espresso food porn I’ve ever seen.

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3d latte art

Slate Video reports on a latte artist who does detailed 3d artwork, including renderings of customer’s pets. Sound adorable? It is. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this type of artwork originates from Japan.

Seriously, go watch the video now. You won’t regret it.

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Mental Floss goes through 27 espresso drinks

Metal Floss quickly covers 27 types of espresso drinks. (Well okay, a couple of them don’t involve espresso, but most of them do.) It’s all crammed into one six minute video, so you’ll want to have a few shots of espresso before hitting play.

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Textpresso

A cloud service company called ZipWhip hacked a superautomatic espresso machine to take orders via text message.

The device is based on the Raspberry Pi platform, and uses ZipWhip’s own text-internet gateway service to take your order.

While this may not sound terribly useful on its own, perhaps if combined with a robot arm to to position a cup and a toy drone to deliver the espresso to you, you’d have a completely automated espresso service. Someone should get on that!

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Starbucks espresso has “notes of turpentine”

I’ve never made it a secret that I don’t like Starbucks’ espresso. For a chain so associated with espresso beverages you’d think they could do a good job with the main ingredient, but that would require a level of detail and quality control that Starbucks has never attempted to achieve.

Now I’m not saying I won’t order something from Starbucks when I’m stuck in an airport and need to stay awake. But espresso? No way.

I know I’m not alone in dismissing their espresso, but some feel more strongly than others about it. According to a recent PostCity.com article by Jon Sufrin titled Eating Gross Things: espresso at Starbucks, the espresso at Starbucks is “one of the grossest things you can buy, anywhere, period.”

He goes on to conclude that:

The texture is watery. There is little to no crema. It has notes of turpentine, tar and botched moonshine, the kind that makes you go blind.

Now, that may be overselling it just a little, I don’t think anyone has gone blind from drinking espresso at Starbucks. But I can appreciate what he’s getting at. Still, I encourage anyone who likes espresso to try ordering one at Starbucks — sometimes watching a bad movie helps you appreciate good movies. Espresso is the same way.

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