If you’ve read much of anything here at all at Daniel of Arabica, you’ll notice there isn’t much about espresso. It’s not my forté. I love it – don’t get me wrong – and I’ve pulled my share of good (and bad) shots myself. A rich, sweet, buttery shot at San Francisco’s Sightglass or a smooth, caramelly shot of the Retrofit at Blue Bottle’s Ferry Building location, in the same city, are things of beauty. But here in “The Lab” at Daniel of Arabica, I’ve currently not the will nor the resources to give the art of espresso its rightful due.
That being said, there is no way, after reading CoffeeGeek’s enthusiastic and decidedly positive review (supplemented, it must be said, by some absolutely beautiful photography care of CoffeeGeek’s master of ceremonies Mark Prince) of Kees van der Westen’s stunningly gorgeous “Speedster” single-group espresso machine, that I’m not tempted to begin stashing away the money I’ll need to be able to buy one of these beauties.