Hey, I’m M.J. I’m so glad you could make it. Well, you’re not actually here but you get the point. Welcome to my blog. I intend to make this blog my own personal sanctuary. I plan to write about all the things I love (fitness,books, travelling and espresso machines!) and all the things I hate(cats, snitches and Justin B). This is going to be my very own temple of solitude. Which doors I open to anyone who is interested. Say hi, leave a comment or just pay me a visit now and then. I really hope we get to know one another. But I’ll settle for having countless fans from all around the world.

Gaggia Classic Impressions


WORST CUP OF COFFEE *illustration*

I can’t believe what I’ve done. I may have just wasted $397.87. The first cup of coffee made using my Gaggia Classic sucked. That was what I wanted to say but the espresso machine was perfect. My skills on the other hand was not. I may have used to few beans or may have ground it too fine or maybe I didn’t use enough force while tampering it.

I found this video on YouTube and followed it. Surprisingly, my second cup of espresso tasted amazing. This time I measured my beans. The grind i got fit perfectly in my portafilter. Unlike my first try. Next, I evened the grinds and tampered it. I made sure not to grind the beans too fine and after letting my machine prime for about 10 minutes. I released some steam and placed the portafilter in its slot.

The brew that came out had a strong aroma and a thick crema. Those 20g of beans I used were perfect for the double shot espresso I was making. It was certainly mind boggling to realize how much money I had wasted on Coffee all these time. Well, No More. I’m going to be my own barista.

I’m going to test out different beans and pre-ground coffee powder, the fineness of the grind and maybe I’m even going to start messing around with milk based beverages like lattes. I’ll be sure to update all of you on all the twists, turns and wild rides my quest takes me on. Since I’ve spend close to $400 bucks on this I better not waste it. So my journey begins *cue Pokemon theme song*.

The sad part is going to be the espresso machine cleanup. I haven’t even figured out how to do that yet. I better get to it. Bye Folks.