Let's start with the basics: how to make espresso, the start to your cappuccinos, lattes, and other coffee beverages (or, by itself, just a really good jolt of caffeine). The keys to a good espresso, says Ed Kaufmann, director of roasting at Joe, the Art of Coffee, are well-roasted quality coffee beans and clean equipment. Kaufmann gives tips on what to look for in an at-home espresso maker, and how to perfectly grind and pour your espresso. You should always grind right before you make your espresso, he says, to get the freshest shot possible. In less than 30 seconds, you'll have your much-needed, delicious espresso ready to go.