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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Description

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 Cuthbert

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.

Features

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

Reviews

Customer reviews
Average Customer Review

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falling apart after 6 months, November 30, 2015
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This review is from: La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine, Chrome (Kitchen)
Does it pull a mean shot of espresso? YES! But, there are many issues:

1. The gasket at the bottom of the water gauge tube went bad in a few months and leaked.
2. Water and steam started leaking from between brew assembly and tank
3. The tank loosened from base and this is not an easy fix

Bottom line: A $1200 machine should not have these issues, especially within the first 6 months!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the manual work, April 22, 2014
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hoosier_grad (West Lafayette, IN USA) - See all my reviews
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Edit: Two and a half years and still going strong making the best espresso of my day.

Joy of my day. I not only enjoy the espresso it makes, but also admire its simplicity and elegance. After five months of heavy use it still works like a charm and looks good as new.

I have a thing for the simpler espresso makers. I am currently using a MyPressi at work, and Presso as a backup at home. La Pavoni is the holy grail for me. Not only does it make great espresso, it also heats up pretty fast and can quickly make many servings when you have guests.

Granted, once in a while, when I try a different type of beans, I might not get things quite right at first time. However, if a pull doesn't come right for a new batch of beans, that is not a source of frustration but the start of a curious experiment with the grind size, tamp, and timing. Even that takes at most two tries, and I get consistently great espresso afterwards.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To Basics - Don't Overcomplicate a Good Thing, November 3, 2015
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The best espresso machine I ever owned.

Yes it is manual and it does take time to get to know each other. But it makes the best espresso and latte every single day. It's fast. It's reliable. It's consistent.

After several other semi-automatic machines which all failed for one reason or another I was tired of bad design and poor construction. Time to get back to the basics. Fewer things that can fail or go wrong.

I love the amount of steam it produces for a good foamy milk every time. And once you have the temperature and grind dialed in, every pull has the right amount of crema.

Two things that could be better, but in now way take away from the result: The steam control knob is a hard to reach place making for awkward handling. And the base is made of plastic rather than metal, so the unit is light and slides around during the pull if not stabilized.

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