Lever Espresso Machine

March 1, 2010 by  
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Thats me making espresso with my newest toy, a vintage La Pavoni Europiccola (late sixties, early seventies model). I'm using the portafilter of the Olympia Express, because it has much better balance and grip on the handle. The shot turned out a little uneven (wobbling mouse tail), but it was flawless in the taste department. 😉 The espresso made from a home roasted blend, roasted by a fellow coffee maniac with a modified popcorn maker.

La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine, Chrome La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine, Chrome
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La Pavoni Professional Espresso Machine

Perhaps it's not surprising that an Italian company such as La Pavoni takes its espresso and cappuccino very seriously. The detailed manual and video that come with this professional-style machine spare no small detail while guiding you through the espresso and cappuccino process. With proper equipment, La Pavoni argues, including very fine grounds and a state-of-the art machine, an espresso or cappuccino can be a work of art. Because cafe prices are rising and an improperly made espresso is indistinguishable from mud, it's worth investing the time and equipment required for a rich and truly satisfying espresso experience. For me, one thing that separates a barista-style cappuccino from many homemade efforts is the quality of the foam. The Europiccola produces foam with just right amount of frothiness, although the foam can also be controlled if you prefer less enthusiastic frothing. For top-quality cappuccinos, the machine should be descaled four or five times a year (descaling instructions are included). Made of gleaming chrome, this strikingly attractive machine should not be cleaned with abrasives. --Laura CuthbertEditor's note: This item may arrive with water inside from the manufacturer's pressure test. This is a normal occurrence and doesn't point to a problem with the machine.


  • Professional-style machine
  • Attractive chrome base
  • Great steaming mechanism for cappuccinos
  • Comes with detailed instructions and an instructional video
  • Power 1000W. Voltage: 120V


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