Tonight, on a whim, we decided to open up the tin of espresso that I’ve had since the last Dean and Deluca’s sale. It came in the Italian cooking kit I managed to snag, and until tonight it sat on a shelf in my kitchen. This interest was prompted last night after a disastrous cappuccino experience where the waiter brought out a partly filled, luke-warm cup of coffee-based drink, and said “Um, sorry, but our foamer is broken…they said this should taste the same…is it ok?” Yeah, it wasn’t…it tasted ok, but just not the same as a nice frothy cup of hot cappuccino that I was looking for. After that, I was jonesing for something involving espresso and milk. We drug the espresso machine out of the closet (yep, I’m a college kid with her own espresso machine…:-) ), and popped open that tin of espresso (it’s from the Danesi company, and imported from Italy, but I don’t know enough about the various espressos to really know what’s considered good or bad…for my part, I like it… it’s certainly nicer than many other bean-based beverages I’ve had). The espresso portion was easily managed, but the milk proved a little more troublesome. After a few failed experiments, we (ie Chris) managed to get a lovely foam on the milk. Now, about halfway through my second mug (guess who’s not sleeping tonight!), I’m looking forward to future experiments with that espresso machine. I’m just disappointed that it took me three years to get up the courage to start experimenting with that machine. Any advice, notes, cautions, stories, recipes, or any other help you may have is very welcome, as I’m pretty new to all of this.