Hey Willis,

Firstly – you’re a genius and thanks for existing and especially for moving over to Europe so you’re just a little closer to the UK – it’s not that bad over here is it? Secondly I’ve just asked for an espresso machine for my birthday in July and I just watched your very excellent Clouds Of Glory video – so my question is what is your attitude towards coffee? You obviously love it – and like me I’m sure as life has gone on and you have given up ‘other things’ do you think caffeine is a safe drug and one that used in the right way is actually beneficial to playing, practicing and or performing? Have a great day and I hope to hear/see you live again soon – please come and play in London sometime soon – I saw your gig with Gerard Presencer at the Vortex and it was really special.
Cheers buddy,
Mike

Hey Mike,
First of all, caffeine makes me play horribly – so I don’t recommend it for performing. I usually play better when I’m tired – my conscious brain doesn’t interfere so much with my instincts – but if I have a coffee before I play, I’m way too aware of everything that’s happening. It screws with any access to instincts.
I’ve discovered my limit is about 3 a day – but I really enjoy those three when I can make them myself. I got a Rancilio Epoca for my birthday a few years back and have since started using my own grinder and tamping press. Check out this Espresso Porn
http://www.ineedcoffee.com/07/naked-portafilter/
Thanks for the kind words and, yes, my shots look like that.