On behalf of DH, I challenge for in-house espresso bar/coffee geek title!
Many years ago we turned our wet bar into an espresso bar. $1500 Wega Lyra rotary pump espresso machine - we plumbed into our water line with a fancy filter system. All gleaming stainless steel. $400 Mini mazer dosing grinder (a smaller version of what you see at Starbucks). Knock-box, heavy duty tamper, thermometer, etc. tools. Basically - it is indeed the setup you might see at a small espresso cafe.
Sound like a lot of money, right? Just add up how much you have spent at Starbucks for the past 5 or 10 years - especially if you've visited daily (and sometimes more than once). I still can't believe how ridiculously much Starbucks charges for their lattes.
I also did the roasting of coffee beans for a couple of years. Best coffee I EVER tasted. Just awesome. A lot of trouble though. If you've got the time, it's awesome.
DH is an expert barista. More than once I've had to hold him back from leaping the counter at a coffee shop when he saw they weren't extracting the coffee properly. This, of course, would only happen when we were out of town and couldn't make our own.
All now being sold - can't take it on the road with us! It was great coffee for 10 years though!
Actually, we got most of our money back on the grinders (yay ebay!) and although we're taking a hit on the espresso machine itself, we're still getting good money back - so it wasn't even as expensive a habit as our first outlay!
OK - end of one-up-man-ship for me! Just couldn't resist.
Started SB Nov 2003 @146. Just did Phase 2 SB. Met goal of 130 Apr 2004. Now on Phase 3 and maintaining at 125-126.