Diary: Top Gear - Espresso machine

All too often, a cup of coffee in this country amounts to a pile of brown dust dissolved in lukewarm water - and the resulting brew has all the strength and potency of your mum’s gravy.

All too often, a cup of coffee in this country amounts to a pile of

brown dust dissolved in lukewarm water - and the resulting brew has all

the strength and potency of your mum’s gravy.



Yet in Milan at the start of a working day, you’ll find hundreds of

immaculately dressed Italians propping up chrome cafe counters, reading

La Gazetta dello Sport, smoking Marlboro red and sipping tiny cups of

explosive espresso.



Now I realise that not many cafes here can compete with the Italian

palaces.



Of course, if you’re lucky enough to work in Soho, you can amble along

to the Cafe Bar Italia, that shrine to 50s coffee-bar culture that comes

complete with a poster of Rocky Marciano on the wall.



But even if you’ve only got the local Pret a Manger to fall back on, do

yourself a favour - leave home a little earlier and treat yourself to a

decent espresso. Alternatively, purchase your own machine and enjoy one

without leaving the house. You can even go the whole hog and buy some

freshly ground beans from the Algerian Coffee Store in Old Compton

Street.



So do the right thing, ditch the instant and gulp down an espresso. Your

productivity rate will thank you for it.



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