Originally Posted by Don Carlos
Espresso is meant to be inconvenient. It's the ultimate in high-maintenance coffee. I know coffee geeks out there who measure their dosages to the fucking angstrom.
The irony about espresso is that it started out as an attempt at convenience because coffee took too long to brew, and it was thought that forcing water at high pressure through the grounds would make making coffee go faster. BTW, Angstrom is a measure of length, not mass.
Originally Posted by gdl203
Never understood the coffee geeks - they care about the process and ingredients far more than the end product.
As with anything, there will be people who take the practice to an extreme, but that doesn't invalidate what they're doing. The serious coffee people do what they do because they care about the end product --- everything else is done to serve that product. The rest of your post is silly.
And here is why Nespresso is not that great: the crema is ridiculous, almost exaggerated. The coffee itself is overextracted, has no depth, complexity, or much of an aftertaste. It's basically a bitter cup of strong coffee.