Last night I caught a recent airing of Alton Brown‘s “Good Eats” on the Food Network. The episode focused on home espresso production: TV : Good Eats : Espress Yourself : Food Network.

The series has always taken a more interesting, scientific layman’s approach towards cooking. And while most cooking shows, and most serious professional cooks for that matter, couldn’t tell a good espresso from the vile stuff they place in ads to actually sell the Tassimo machine, I was pleasantly surprised at how much the show got right. (Save, perhaps, his instructions to pre-heat milk to 160°F before stretching its surface when making a cappuccino.)

Maybe — just maybe — there is hope for us all.

A wide variety of coffee catastrophes from just one machine!