OK, previously, I figured out how not to burn my house down while making tea. Now I’ve moved on to the potentially more dangerous espresso machine. This is a great design, but it lacks an automatic shut-off switch, so it just keeps building up pressure. Whoops.
I’ve learned to set a kitchen timer for ten minutes, when I start making my espresso. It’s such a quick process that you might think that if I can remember to set a time, I could remember to turn the darn machine off a few minutes later. But you would be so very dangerously wrong. Each time the timer has gone off, I’ve said “Oh! Right!” and been surprised all over again. And then I turn the espresso maker off.