... talk with a barista about "home-baristism" and 3rd wave coffee.
Oh yeah, I just returned from visit Bologna, Venezia, Firenze... A nice trip... and of course I visited a lot of caffes. In one of the best caffes of Italy I had a conversation with the staff. We talked about their coffees, the taste, the bussiness, the machines, so I asked about La Marzocco... It's not very usual to see LM machines in Italy, something that always puzzled me... so I asked about it:
Barista: La Mar.., what?
Me: La Mar-zo-cco... from Firenze.
Barista: Oh yes, nah... not very popular, not a great company.
Me: But, LM is very popular in the rest of Europe and U.S.
Barista: look (pointing to the caffe machine) this is FAEMA, this is the Ferrari of espresso machines. Absolute quality. The very best.
Next I mentioned I have a La Spaz, so the barista asked me which model.
Me: "An S1"
And all the staff have started to laughing his ass off following with a big facepalm
For the staff the S1 is nothing but a toy, indeed the S5 isn't a very good machine. So after this answer, all you can do is say "grazie mille per la conversazione e il caffè" and leave the local.