In one of the currently showing versions of "Good Eats," Alton Brown spends a good bit of time narrowing down his choice of espresso machines to one with "just the basics" that really won him over by it's small footprint, thereby requiring minimal counter space. Next he explained it requires fifty pounds of manual pressure to properly pack the "puck" of ground coffee. So how does he do that? By adding a BATHROOM SCALE to the countertop so he can be sure he's actually applying fifty pounds! How about that for conserving counter space!
LOL! Sometimes the best humor on his show is unintended.