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.
Summary: I finally spludged and got one and it is worth every penny. If you love espresso, then it is a must. You have so much more control over the body and froth of the espresso with the manual pump that you just will never have with the automatic ones. My only regret is not getting the 16 cup version. I like making several cups of espresso at a time and everyone wants doubles of course, so you run out of steam too quickly, but for 1 or two people it is perfectly fine.
Summary: These are my observations after a month of operating the La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola espresso machine. Please note that I’m not a barista, nor intend to become one. For many years I’ve made my espresso the same way – using my trusty stove-top 1-cup espresso maker and scalding my milk in a small pan. Before deciding on this make and model I first read just about all reviews in Amazon and many other websites; I also viewed many videos in YouTube.
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5 February 2013
Summary: I waited a few months to write this review so it wouldn't be one of those reviews about a product from someone who just bought it. This espresso machine is quality. Great espresso, great steamed milk. I have made three double espressos a day for three months and by now I'm getting the feel of it. This is not an automatic machine. It's the opposite of that.
Summary: This is really made for the home espresso lover, someone who has the time to spend making great espresso time after time, once you familiarize yourself with the machine's personality then magic happens. This machine really makes you become better in making espresso, it makes you think about what you are doing and adjust your technique accordingly. The machine itself is really well made and looks like it will last a long long time.
Summary: Since i got la Pavoni Europiccola my life changed for good, after a hard day at work, i can't wait to go home to make a super Cappuccino, this machine makes the best cappuccino in the world, not like those cheap Chinese or north European imitations, unless you like watery pseudo coffee. The Italians invented the cappuccino and the espresso coffee, they know all tricks and details on how to build machines that produce the best results.