Photograph by Will O’Brien

By removing the bottom of your espresso maker’s filter holder, you get more prized “crema.”


Mod your espresso maker’s filter holder for a tastier cup. By Will O’Brien

In my office at home, one end of the room is devoted to computers, electronics, and my assorted projects. The other is the home of the holy grail of caffeine: my espresso bar. That’s where I measure, grind, and tamp my way to produce some beautiful espresso. I’ve been tuning and tweaking my setup for the last six months or so, and there’s no end in sight. My most recent modification involved some power tools and ...

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