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Posted Thu Mar 24, 2005, 1:24am
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Hokay, so I'm relatively new to the whole espresso brewing thing. I've been drinking coffee (and a very strong variety that gets a lot of 'wow, that's strong!'s from my elders since the age of 12 or so.  I've gotten into espresso in the past 3 or 4 years and have been loving it. Well, now I'm trying to make it to Spain for a class trip (Yes, I'm still in High School) and have come across the good fortune of having a close family friend who is lending me their espresso cart. Completely self contained (fridge, pump, water filtration, the works) with a La Pavoni dual-barrel machine (not sure the name/model... will check in the morning) and a matching La Pavoni grinder. I'm going to be running this thing in the lobby of my high school since most high school students where I go actually consume excessive amounts of the stuff. Not the high-quality gourmet stuff, but the typical local coffee-shop variety (classier than starbucks, we call it "Woods", awesome atmosphere, great coffee, I'm using their beans). Now, I've not really had a lot of experience with the whole making the espresso thing, but I've done a lot of research into making the stuff, just not had a lot of hands-on practice with it. Does anyone have any friendly advice that they'd be willing to share? I've got a licensed (sp?) barista who's going on the same trip and is going to be helping out a lot with the operation of the equipment itself, but I'd just like to get a bit more info. so I at least don't look like a complete fool. Basically, any ideas for drinks that are fairly simple to make and don't require a lot of expertise going into the whole "latte art" realm of things? It'll be served in those starbucks-style paper cups. I've got all the supplies I could ever possibly need too, so it's just a matter of getting everything down. Any suggestions?
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