You know, when I was in my twenties I had to have the latest and greatest thingamajig that I could research out and find for whatever I was interested in at that time. For example, golf equipment.Urban Dictionary wrote:Upgraditis - A terminal condition, the main symptom of which presents as the insatiable desire to upgrade. A word originally coined by Isaac Sibson, and now increasingly prevalent in internet based discussions.
'Isaac, I have a great new cam, but now I want loads of accessories too.'
'Yes Brad, you have upgraditis.'
I took my first golf lesson from a professional before I ever even attempted a swing. My thought here was "Why start bad habits, get educated FIRST." The first day, the Pro told me I needed to go buy some clubs, something like some Sam's Club or Walmart special for $200, or something along those lines. Man o man, I went strait out and bought a $1800 set of Callaway's. I cut to the chase! I didn't want to spend $200, then $1000 and then $1,800. I just went ahead and spent the $1,800. I never looked back and I think my golf game improved like a rocket because of the quality of equipment I was using, of course the proper mechanics via good training were equally helpful. Within a year I was shooting in the high 80's. Then, here came the driver upgraditis. I went ahead and bought a Big Bertha Driver when I bought the irons and I could hit a ball about 280 yards, after I learned how to hit the ball. But, about two years ago Callaway came out with a new "Fusion Driver." I took the demo out to the first tee outside the clubhouse and smacked the ball on first strike to the green, 310 yards. The next ball rolled past the green, 330 yards. The next one did about 295 to the front edge of the green. Here is my credit card: SOLD!. That club is crazy, just stupid crazy.
But, with espresso? Do you have upgraditis? Did you start out with a Rancilio Silvia and find yourself wanting something better in a few months? And after that, even something better? Just like with the clubs, my first machine was a Faema 2 group, 220v and plumbed into the water and drainage. I remember thinking as I was driving the machine home "Man, this is going to be great. I am going to plumb and wire this machine and magically FANTASTIC espresso will drop from the group!"
Did anybody else think this? What a mistake. It took a good month and about $200 of espresso beans before I even liked what I was doing. The problem was I had a high expectation on what I thought espresso should taste like because the exposure I had at Coffee & Crema in Greenville, SC (http://coffeeandcrema.com) was fantastic.
Now, if you have had your machine for six months, a year, two years or whatever and your making very good espresso, do you have upgraditis?
Me personally? Sometimes I think I would like to trade my commercial machine for a Expobar Brewtus or another E61 type of group head. Smaller, still plumbed in and a little better results. But, going through the learning curve? I don't think I want to go through all of that. At least not for a long while.