Summary: I have owned my La Pavoni Professional for four years now and use it every morning (two cappuccinos for me and two for my wife). I replaced the gaskets once recently (on-line instructions walked me through the process--did it over an hour or two). Yes, heating and pulling a shot takes a little longer than an automatic, but it is worth the effort and patience.
One Burr Grinder + La Pavoni = Perfection. Good Bye Semi Auto's!!
4 June 2013
Summary: I have had this machine for well over a year now. I purchased a Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder with my order. The Capresso Burr Grinder is on the low end, price wise. I did speak directly with La Pavoni Tech support and he said that this grinder would work just fine. The bottom line is it really does work great. I never had a problem with either machine. If I had too do it over again I would spend a little more money on the grinder.
Summary: If you are looking for a pull handle coffee maker (which I was) this is the one for you. It takes a fine grind tamped firmly and it makes perfect crema on the top of your shot. I read some reviews before I bought this one but the only one that concerned me was the person that said when she pulled the lever, the coffee machine tipped forward. I have found that if it does that your coffee is too finely ground and very firmly tamped so water has a hard time getting through.
Summary: I presently own a la Pavoni a 8 cup ... have had it for years and years. Assessing whether this machine is right for you is, thankfully, really simple. You have to understand your priorities and determine what you want. If you learn and understand how it works, you can produce the best-tasting espresso which your beans and grinder can possibly yield ... and your skill using it can create lots of crema.
Summary: A mere 4 months after I bought it, and with just one use per day, this machine it has started to leak from the Sight Glass (water level monitor). Which undoubtedly signals it is not long for this world. Aside from that, the metal boiler has started to rotate over the cheap plastic base when I screw in the filter handle. This, I suppose, is why one never hears a laudatory "Italian engineering." What a waste of time and money!
the coffee leaks before the lever pulls down, and i feel no resistance while pulling the lever
3 June 2012
Summary: I've tried every different grind, to the finest my grinder can offer (its a $300 grinder, i think this should be sufficient), and the result is always the same: When I pull the lever arm up, about half an ounce of coffee spills out, then pulling down the lever arm offers no resistance, and as a result, its just a totally black shot with no crema. I've varied the grind and tamping pressure, and have no results. Maybe mine is broken. Did anyone else have this problem?
Summary: I've had my machine about a week now, and I'm extremely happy with it so far. I had deliberated between buying the La Pavoni or a semi-automatic machine. I opted for the La Pavoni because I enjoy a challenge, and as someone who loves espresso I like the idea of truly crafting a shot. Also, I like the aesthetics of this machine. It definitely has a steep learning curve, and you have to toss a bunch of shots while you're learning.
An excellent machine, if you are willing to work with it.
25 January 2012
Summary: Our machine has been providing us with excellent espresso (and lattes that are far better than those we have gotten at Starbucks) for six years. As others have noted, there is a bit of a learning curve. For example, too fine a grind, especially if it is tamped too tightly, will make it nearly impossible to draw a shot. Too coarse a grind will lead to watery shots that are useless.
Summary: We've only had this machine for a week now, but I'm already in love. It makes the best espresso I have ever tasted... We are coffee snobs (roast our own beans even!) and this machine is perfection. It's quiet (so nice not to hear the thunk thunk of a pump!), easy to use, etc. We thought there was going to be more of a learning curve, but after pulling a few shots, we've got it down.
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for the 10 year old eruopiccea model we had and am glad I did. I was always over filling the smaller erropiccea and as a result causing the pressure relif to engage. This one has enough capacity to take care of making two quads a morning with extra left over. The results are consistant and having the pressure guage really helps as well.