MY MORNING ESPRESSO
. . . starts with fresh roasted estate coffee beans
(this morning, aromatic Montserrat from Colombia),
at my favorite coffee shop next door (Kaldi's.)
My personal barista (John) fine tunes the grinder
and doses the exact amount of coffee,
tamping it down, and starting the exact pressure and time
to extract a perfect espresso from the shot.
The experienced barista knows the importance
of these variables for each shot, each cup.
This morning's espresso was perfectly balanced,
with citrus and chocolate notes,
with a creamy finish.
(Now I can start my day!)