Interacting with Apache Kafka seems straightforward at first, you “just” push and pull messages. Yet it can quickly become a source of frustration as the user encounters timeouts, vague error descriptions and disappearing messages. Experience helps a lot and I’m here to share what I know. In this talk you will learn the tips & tricks I wish I had known at the beginning of my Apache Kafka journey. We’ll discuss topics like producer acknowledgments, server and consumer parameters (auto_offset_reset anyone?) that are commonly overlooked causing lots of developer’s pain. I’ll share with you how to generate code that works as expected on the first run, making your first integration painless. These tips will kickstart your Apache Kafka experience in Python and save you hours of debugging.