What is it about being from the Emerald City that automatically makes people think that they are experts on all things coffee? It’s like saying that since I’m from Vegas I know about all things gambling better then someone from Atlantic City or Austin. Its just very pretentious.
I don’t claim to be an expert on this subject but I do have an opinion on what is good espresso. First of all espresso is a coffee brewing method not some special type of coffee bean, a blend, or some special roasting method. All coffee drinks, regardless if it is espresso coffee, drip coffee, pour over coffee, etc., are brewed by using water filtered through coffee grounds to extract the soluble flavors from the coffee into the cup.
Although I am here to save you all from the Evil Coffee Empire (ECE), there are those who have come before me to also do battle. These are the forerunners to Grouchy John and were instrumental to his emergence.