How Not to Burn My House Down – Part 2

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.