Espresso and letterpress

My beloved C&P is still #1 Fabulous Machine in my heart, but lately I’ve been spending a lot of time with Miss Silvia.

The very lovely, very shiny Rancilio Silvia V3 was recommended first by Gerrod and Kristy, and then by Jules, and then by CoffeeGeek, and after two months of being spoiled by fiiiine coffee in Australia I knew we had to have our own.

Silvia presents an intimidating learning curve, but I’m a sucker for anything involving a complicated process, a lot of finessing and some serious risk of frustration (I’m looking at you, letterpress!).  I’ve gone from scared to smitten in the space of two weeks, and now basically any stranger who wanders near my kitchen is going to have an espresso forced upon them.

Or a latte – although my foaming technique is still a bit hit and miss. The latte pictured above I deemed a success, but the very next morning I made one so bad I poured it down the sink. I’m not quite reliable.

Nonetheless, my friends think they’ve hit the jackpot (“never paying for coffee againnnn!”) and I feel like I’m verging on another serious addiction.

Rancilio Silvia: recommend.

{Oh. Letterpress – I’ve been printing and printing and printing. In fact, Silvia has espresso-fuelled more than a couple of late nights at the letterpress. But since none of the invitations have gone out I can’t show them to you yet! Soon, soon…}

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