Greetings fellow snobs!
I'm happy to find this site with such a great wealth of knowledge and experience.
After much research I decided to buy the 'Breville Dynamic Duo' Dual Boiler machine with separate smart grinder, on sale at $1100.
After some practice (I was a bit rusty.. actually very rusty) I've managed to make a couple of quite decent piccolos and lates with a blend from a local roaster.
I just cant get into drinking straight espresso, I've tried to for tasting purposes but to me it's too extreme and I cant distinguish much from one to another unless there is something wrong with it like too bitter, watery or burnt.
It amazes me how people can pick out flavours like caramel or berry notes in an espresso and tell all sorts of things about the beans. When I tried, I kinda felt like those people who go to a winery to taste wine, they don't know much but want to seem like they know so they sniff it and swash the wine around in their mouth and make some vague comments but in reality to them it just tastes like wine, its either nice or its not nice
No doubt there are threads on here which can educate me in that regard. In the meantime, I'll keep practicing. Cheers.