Wow - coffee! Now you got me started!
For portability and ease of convenience when camping/backpacking, nothing tops the No.2 filter holder system from melitta.
For the uniniated, it's just a plastic cone with a circular base that sits on top of your cup, and holds the filter. Near boiling water goes over the grounds, and voila, a great cup.
Also good when travelling since it's easy and prefer it to "drip" coffee".
Notes: Grind it fresh before your trip. When you see a little bit of white
in the grounds/water, it's too late. That means you've already started to over-extract.
I like to do two runs, so I get a lot of STRONG, RICH coffee
Great espresso to order, which is fresh roasted and fair trade
is Gorilla from Brooklyn, NY. $9.50/lb too. It's dark and rich.
It gets you going
As for amazing flavour, subtlety and all that, Espresso Vivace is excellent.
As for "baristas" at Starbucks, sorry, if it isn't a semi-auto machine
i.e. portafilters that get packed by hand, there is no barista.
Pushing buttons = monkey work to me.
However, I did find a "forgotten" Starbucks where they didn't switch over yet to the push-button machines, and they had a La Marzocco (I believe)
and I could def. taste the difference in the espresso made.