Toward the end of last year, I found myself making too many trips to Dunkin'/Starbucks/local shops for my morning caffeine fix. 

The drip coffee at home wasn't doing it for me anymore, and the "stovetop espresso" still didn't satisfy me like a proper shot from an espresso machine.

So, I took the plunge and bought a machine for my own kitchen and have been using regular, store bought espresso grounds while I practiced my shot-pulling technique. I knew there'd be a learning curve, and I didn't want to waste good beans while I figured it out. But now that I've got the hang of it, I'm ready to venture out and try some higher quality coffee.

That brought be back to Tuesday

The shop has changed a bit since my last visit, but their curated retail items are so, so good.

Fun fact: most coffee shops will grind the beans for you if you buy their coffee. Just tell them how you plan to make your brew (french press, drip, pour over, etc.) so they can grind accordingly.