The machine was ready. The coil was primed, purged, and at temperature. The beans were ground. The filter was dosed and tamped to 35lbs. It all came together.
I started the pump (on the double-shot timer, 23 seconds). I watched as the most beautiful golden espresso oozed hypnotically into the drip tray. Wait. Shit!
The machine is ready. The coil is primed…
(Yes, I really did pull two beautiful shots into the drip tray because I forgot to put a cup or shot glass under the group to catch the espresso.)