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Posted Fri Dec 29, 2006, 12:14am Subject: Re: Editor's Choice Awards 2006 - Espresso by Mark Prince
I noticed the Bodum Pavina glasses made the list. One review I saw online said they were fragile; another mentioned a flaw that allowed espresso to get between the glass walls. How sturdy or fragile are these? Would they be safe in a house without kids, or with klutzy adults?
Posted Fri Dec 29, 2006, 10:04am Subject: Re: Editor's Choice Awards 2006 - Espresso by Mark Prince
The Pavinas are not as fragile as a wine glass, but not a lot more. I don't recommend them to klutzy adults. The Nuova Point line of cups would be a much better choice. I've seen a couple of the Pavinas with pinholes where the glass was blown; a friend of mine made the mistake of immersing it while washing and now he has a "fishbowl" effect. I don't know how common the defect is (and I'm not willing to test mine).
My wife (tea) and I (coffee) have used almost nothing but Pavinas (in three sizes!) for the past year. No holes or other flaws. No breakage. We have retired all our mugs and recommend Pavinas to all our friends.
Marshall "got 4 more Pavinas as Christmas presents from thoughtful in-laws"
CGP4 Senior Member Joined: 13 Dec 2006 Posts: 32 Location: NYC Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Mar 9, 2007, 7:39am Subject: Re: Editor's Choice Awards 2006 - Espresso by Mark Prince
This is too late to matter anymore, but I was curious about your comment in the Best Budget Espresso Grinder category that there's no runner up. I know you're making a point, and it's a "call to arms" of sorts, but I wondered how you felt about the Gaggia MDF grinder. For the same $200 or so as the Virtuoso, it seems like a viable alternative...
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