Summary: So yes we live in Seattle the coffee mecca so we are a little crazy about our coffee, but seriously this is one of the best investments I have ever made. This machine isn't as hard to master if you have a great grinder and access to freshly roasted beans. After a couple off days of failed attempts every pull is now amazing and in the long run will save us money by not going to coffeehouse every morning.
Summary: 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.
Summary: I'm a new owner of this machine, so here are my initial thoughts: This machine does take a little "getting to know" but it's not nearly as frustrating as some people say. Pros: -great shots!!! just make sure you have a good grinder and know how to adjust it properly. also fresh roasted coffee! -relatively fast warm up for this quality of shots. anything with a pump that can pull these kind of shots would take longer.
Hands down, best manual espresso machine and a beautiful work of art.
9 July 2013
Summary: Hands down, best manual espresso machine and a beautiful work of art. Don't let the simplicity of the machine intimidate or fool you, this is one easy machine to use and you will never spend $$$$ at the local $t@r&ucks or coffee shop for an espresso or cappuccino. Maintenance is super easy also and this thing should last for years. Buy a used one first to test out your skills and step up to a new one if you want to spend the extra $$$.
Summary: Excellent espresso for the coffee fanatic. And better, faster, more cost effective than Starbucks. Professional quality. These machines are built to last. My first was built in 1976, and it's still going strong.
Summary: I love this thing. into my 2nd month now, and I am getting better with it every day. It is a very cool machine, and clearly capable of making excellent espresso. It is also very easy to get wrong. Pay attention to every detail, measurement, the bean, the grind, the tamp, etc etc etc..
Summary: I have now owned my La Pavoni PC-16 for a bit over two years. I researced this machine heavily before deciding to purchase it. I was well aware that it would take lots of practice and time to perfect. Getting the right grind was every bit as challenging as learning to operate the machine itself. However, once I did, I have not been disappointed.
Summary: i bought this pavoni to replace a machine i bought in italy in the early 80s and have used nearly every day since! the old one is now relegated to providing parts when needed, and the new one is just the same quality - i love the mechanical machines - no noisy pumps, nothing to break...
Summary: After 15 years of near daily use, I thought it was time for me to relay my experiences and opinion on the La Pavoni PC-16. This review is for the pre millenium model. The current production model does have slight differences with the group being slightly larger I was a bartender and barista for about 3 years in a high volume cafe and bar, and believe that this gives me a reasonable level of proficiency in making espresso and espresso based drinks.