Home Espresso Perfection
To me home espresso is all about the pursuit of perfection. And it's a pursuit that is never achieved.
Why not? Well, espressos (and other coffees made with Italian coffee machines) are always different. They are never the same. Even a competition barista will get some variations from day to day and even from espresso shot to espresso shot.
Is this a problem? Absolutely not. The challenge of the pursuit is gripping, and the daily variations and occasional god shot just keep the interest flowing.
So, pursue perfection but know that you will never get there. Enjoy the journey and don't forget to smell the coffee beans along the way.