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Wanted -- gift ideas for a newbie espresso geek?


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A friend of mine is learning to make and appreciate good espresso -- he just got a Rancilio Silvia. His birthday is coming up and I would like to get an espresso-related gift but don't know what would be appropriate. For example, what would be some useful additional equipment for it? Are there espresso making classes or lessons in the Washington, DC area? Thanks.

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All good ideas above. I might add a naked portafilter, which usually comes with a triple basket. Helps the newbie get their tamping skills down - but they'll definitely need the new, proper tamper first.

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