Nothing gives you the control over the flavor like this machine
Gadget Guy, Amazon
23 November 2014
Summary: My second. the first lasted 14 yrs. with daily use. Nothing gives you the control over the flavor like this machine. I'm still adjusting to the changes in the group head and baskets. I would suggest Allegro Espresso for the most fulfilling experience. It is the highest quality pure Arabica espresso available. This machine can take advantage of it's richness and subtly.
Summary: I received EPC-8 21 years ago as a gift. I retired it a couple weeks ago and purchased a new one. This review is based on that 21 years experience and my early thoughts on the new one. Several times over the last few years I considered replacing my La Pavoni because of old age and an interest in checking out new technology. But, whenever I shopped on Amazon I was struck by the apparent lack of durability of even very expensive automatic espresso makers.
Summary: Everything you do with this machine affects the flavour of the coffee. Slight variations in pressure produce slight variations in flavour. You can change the grind or dose of your coffee and adapt to it as you pull the shot. If that last sentence excited you, this is the machine for you. If you roast your own coffee, this gives you a lot more options. You can refill while the boiler is hot, by switching the machine off and running the steam wand until the pressure drops.
Summary: Had my LaPavoni for 25 years...that's quality. All others reviews have covered much of the basics so I'll share tips learned that will help you enjoy your machine for 25+ years. (1): Milk froths best while cold. As your milk heats up the oxygen is removed thus no more froth. This is a small window so don't get distracted when your steamer alerts you to begin. Milk begins to scorch around 172 degrees so get a good quality visual milk thermometer.
Summary: This is a classic manual Italian-made Espresso machine, and it truly makes outstanding Espresso, but there are a few things to consider before buying this machine. First of all, this machine is for the Espresso lover who likes at least some control (in this case pressure via the lever) and drinks maybe 4-6 Espressos a day.
Summary: I deliberated for a long time about spending this much on an espresso machine but I'm happy to report that I love my La Pavoni. It makes fantastic espresso, but most importantly, I appreciate how it gives me the opportunity to be so closely connected to the process of making an espresso. One note to buyers: Getting a good result depends on what bean you use and what grind you use.
Summary: The DVD that comes with these units tells us they are built to last an average of 20 years. The DVD also shows the factory in Italy where they are built, The boilers are brass so they will not rust, the boiler is then nickel plated and then chromed, since chrome will not stick to brass, nickel is added. These units get very hot, and froth milk piping hot.