Definitely the most important step. Find a friend with a good espresso machine and get invited over.
Get same friend to teach you how to use the expensive espresso machine.
Turn on espresso machine and rinse out with water.
Pack freshly ground coffee tightly into coffee holder.
Insert coffee holder thing into machine at an angle of 45 degree to the machine and snap it into place.
Press button to start the espresso making and smell the wonderful aromas of fresh coffee.
Froth milk in metal jug until the base of jug becomes too hot to handle.
Add frothed milk to espresso and required amount of sugar for a perfect cup of coffee.
Enjoy coffee on balcony in the company of good friends and chat about anything.
Keep enjoying coffee whilst day dreaming away looking at the street below and the city skyscrapers in the far distance.
And there you have 10 easy steps for a perfect espresso, with steps 1, 9 and 10 being the most important. The in between steps are still required, but if you mess up a bit, it's still ok. As long as you get steps 9 and 10 right, the coffee is saved. Enjoy!