Our new espresso machine has arrived. I ordered it online on Saturday and it arrived on Tuesday. It was a hefty delivery weighing in at 34 pounds. My first order was a caffè macchiato doppio which is a double (doppio) espresso (caffè) with a mark (macchiato) of steamed milk.
Before any of that could happen we had to unpack the box and prime the machine. We purchased a Rancilio Silvia whose website has a great series of video tutorials on how to do all that and brew a perfect espresso (including steaming the milk for cappuccino). Lots of people are also brewing coffee on YouTube.
Charlie had purchased some Free Trade Italian Roast which was on sale from Starbucks especially for the first brew of the new machine.
First he dosed (put finely ground coffee in) the brewing basket which is called a portafilter.
Everything’s set for our premiere brew in Miss Silvia.
Once more, Goldilocks.
You know how coffee is:
- short and black is espresso,
- a little taller with more water through the grinds is lungo,
- taller still with hot water added to the mix is Americano.
It is deliciosa.
Have you bought a new appliance? Did it make you happy?
Sidebar: No coffee was wasted in the making of this post. Every bit was imbibed.