Over the last few years I have really gotten into high quality coffee. For home and office use, I generally drink brewed coffee. At home I make it in a Chemex.
While when at the office I use an Aeropress.
I have a cheap basic expresso machine at home but tend not to use it much, getting much better results with my brewing methods.
But I enjoy a good espresso, and espresso based milk drinks, and I would like to make that at home, so this past few weeks I have been practicing my technique using my basic espresso machine.
The internet is a wonderful tool for learning, I have fixed my plumbing from watching YouTube videos, so I have been researching and learning how to make reasonable espresso using basic equipment.
I have mastered the milk and can now make wonderfully sweet creamy steamed milk with lots of microfoam. So now I have been experimenting with the espresso itself.
While changing the grind and dose has improved things, I was getting too much expansion blocking the flow of water so it was time to buy a real tamper.
Tonight it arrived so I have been experimenting with different pressures, grind and dosing, so far its looking good and it will be interesting to see how far I go with this.