Summary: JUST about the WORST way to make espresso. WHY?: Always too hot. NO way to refill it -- you must wait or bleed off pressure to get more water in through the top. Several rubber seals wearing out in the brew head -- NOT fun to replace Managed by a mechanical pressurestat -- expensive and sticks ON. Tremendous heat loss from the UN-insulated boiler BURN hazards just about every where. Dinky NON-standard portafilter handle and basket.
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 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: I was totally unhappy with the coffee maker as it leaked upon the first use and was then told by the seller when I returned it that they were not sure it was even the one they sent me since it had been "used". We only tested it once to see if it worked. After all of this the seller held 15% of the total cost (over $150.00 was not returned to me).
Summary: I have had this machine for a number of years, the upside is great coffee, downside are: 1. Finish poor, rust soon appears in the crome, the only saving grace is that it is mostly occurs under the drip tray out of sight. 2. It is too easy even after bleeding the pressure, to pop one of the seals when changing the coffee. 3. Descaling can be a real pain.
It's a pain in the butt...but it makes the best espresso
Dean W. Wilkey, Amazon
23 May 2011
Summary: I bought my Pavoni in Florence, Italy (for [...] US dollars) about ten years ago, so I thought I could finally give this machine a fair review. I have been making coffee for my wife and myself every single morning and many evenings with it since, and while it does need new gaskets and a few small parts every now and again (which I do myself / it's really not that hard), I don't think that any other espresso machine would have lasted this long (I figure I have pulled over...
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.