Interesting article about the artisanal coffee movement in New York in today's New York Times:
Apparently, one of the keys to this style of brewing is a commercial espresso machine called the Cyncra made by a small Seattle company named Synesso. It allows the barista greater control over the brewing process.
Does anyone know if one of these machines has made it to D.C. or the surrounding environs? It seems there are only 5 in all of New York State, so the odds are probably low. After reading the descriptions and seeing the pictures of the artisanal coffee, I just have to try a cup.