Giving it the respect it deserves
The similarities between making an espresso and paddling big waves couldn't be more similar.
Every variable becomes that much more important, it's a volatile process and can be a very violent thing. 135 pounds of pressurised water (the weight of an adult human being), being forced through a tiny wafer of coffee and any missteps by the barista, will manifest itself in the cup, in a very unpleasant way and that happens, because most people who are preparing it, don't give it the respect it deserves.
The next time you sip on that espresso, think about the respect your barista gave the making process and the respect the boys who paddle give the bigger waves.
Kyle over at Intelligentsia, talk us through the process, you've got to love the epicures.