illy X1 ///

illy X1 espresso machine | GregoryWest

I’ve always wanted one of those beautiful illy espresso machines; so when we moved a few years ago, I decided to get an X1 for the new kitchen. Then it sat there for months and beautifully collected dust (because I had no clue what I was doing) until a friend of ours, who owns a local roastery, was kind enough to walk me through the relatively easy steps. I’m still far from expert level, and when I need a quick coffee in the morning, I tend to opt for the press. On lazy weekend afternoons, or when we have friends over, though, I roll up my sleeves, fire up the illy like a true barista, and intentionally misspell our houseguests’ names on the sides of their cups.