The neighbours have a very good espresso machine, a Francis Francis X1. It came from here. The reason why I know it is good is because it always produces a very good crema on the espresso. The orange/brown foam on top is very present and persistent. The coffee it produces is rich and full of flavour. It is also easy to clean and maintain, it takes coffee pods as well as ground coffee and can make one or two shots at the same time; the perfect coffee machine for what is known as the pro-sumer market. Current beans in the grinder are a light-roast espresso bean; my personal preference is for something a bit darker and stronger but this is good, it has a reasonable degree of balance in its flavours and it is not over-whelming. I feel deeply invigorated after a cup. It is also handy for making one of the raw materials for espresso martinis.
You’ll note I do not only drink alcohol.
I’ve got one of those! Maybe your neighbours watched my TV show (I had one by the fridge – and it was in many of the rushes that made it to air)?
It’s not quite the same as being in Italy – but on a cold London day there is nothing better than a fine crema as the espresso slowly dissolves the enamel from your teeth.
Espresso is for life – not just for Italians!
I love a good espresso. Really wakes me up and the neighbours are very generous about letting me freeload. I think my tooth enamel is in good condition, but I can see too many of them leading to brown teeth.
Thanks for dropping by.