I recently sprang for a huge, beautiful, kick-ass KitchenAid espresso machine and I love it, but I was disappointed with the junky plastic tamper that came with it. Following the advice of an Amazon reviewer, I ordered a brass tamper -- with Tenniel's Mad Hatter custom-engraved into its handle (why not?) -- from Reg Baber, a Canadian artisanal espresso tamper with a global reputation. It arrived yesterday and it's a pure work of art -- and the crema is sweeter than ever. Highly recommended. Link
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.