I, too, once thought that espresso was of the mentioned "household oil tanker hull cleaning fluid" stuff. After all, what did I know? I was used to *$'s and a few look alikes. I knew there had to be more than burnt, tepid or over extracted coffee.
I got on the band wagon home roasting and home brewing using the Isomac Tea/Mazzer Mini set-up. There is no comparison to what I used to think coffee should taste like.
I just had an espresso I roasted and blended at home that had chocolate, honey and spice overtones. WOW! first taste to the mouth and an after taste that I wanted to linger. No "coffee" taste that I used to associate with coffee at all. This is a whole different ball game.
Thanks for the nice article and a few laughs along the way.
TwoLumps Senior Member Joined: 11 Jan 2003 Posts: 1 Expertise: Beginner
Posted Sat Jan 11, 2003, 6:34am Subject: Re: Me and My Machine by Guest Author
Regarding your comment on my article, I think I should set something straight. When I mentioned the oiltanker hull cleaning fluid, I didn't at all mean to deprecate the espresso I compared it to. It's just that the espresso I've drunk since I've had my own machine was so invigoratingly strong, in a positive sense, that I needed a very potent metaphor to express that happy fact. Oddly, in such cases, oiltanker hull cleaning fluid is usually the first thing that springs to my warped mind, on account of the fact that, to be capable of cleaning the hull of your average oiltanker, the inside of it that is, it must be pretty strong stuff. That it probably tastes awful would of course be a minor defect, as well as the reason why, given the choice, we prefer espresso. On the other hand, in the oil industry espresso is rarely utilized as a detergent because, as such, it positively sucks.
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