scareyourpassenger Senior Member Joined: 29 Aug 2011 Posts: 61 Location: Georgia Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: La Spaziale mini vivaldi II Grinder: Vario Drip: Technivorm CDT Roaster: Behmor and a sonofresco
Posted Tue Sep 3, 2013, 1:15pm Subject: (SOLD) La Pavoni ppg-16 gold lever espresso machine
I am cleaning out my coffee goods to make some room and improve the WAF factor of my recent purchase.
This was my first lever espresso machine before I bought a Rancilio leva. It functions perfectly but only has a single basket. You will also see in the pictures that there is a small bit of oxidation on the pressure gauge, which is quite common. Overall this is in great shape due to being in storage a majority of its life.
Notice that this fine example isn't typical, it has no rust, wooden handles, special frothing attachment, both metal and plastic drip trays and a ornate top.
New this was $1400.
Listing Details Asking / Suggested Price: 550.00 Seller Name: Jeremy Dibble Seller Location: marietta, ga Sale Type: For Sale
russel Senior Member Joined: 12 Mar 2010 Posts: 409 Location: Los Angeles Expertise: Pro Roaster
Espresso: 73' Cremina, Eurobar,... Grinder: Super Caimanos x2, Forte BG,... Drip: V60, Kalita Wave, Clever
Posted Wed Sep 4, 2013, 8:43pm Subject: Re: La Pavoni ppg-16 gold lever espresso machine
Romanticas are great! "Gold" is in color only though, they are polished brass with a protective lacquer coating (the internets has lead me to believe that there are some LPs with actual gold platting...but I haven't encountered one in person yet). The brass is a good thing because it doesn't rust. That mean a rust free base for life! No safety valve drain tube in the steam wand's space either. If I liked the look of brass, these would my most favorite LP model. The price is a couple hundred below market too.
Good luck with the sale Jeremy, and congrats to the eventual buyer...really nice machine at a good price.
hankbates Senior Member Joined: 2 Feb 2012 Posts: 42 Location: Yarmouth Port, Cape Cod, Massachusetts Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Pavoni Professional... Grinder: LaPavoni Jolly Roaster: Hottop
Posted Thu Sep 5, 2013, 4:54am Subject: Re: La Pavoni ppg-16 gold lever espresso machine
I love my Romantica, for all the reasons Russel states.
This design, as I am aware, was made for the US market in brass, but was discontinued a few years ago, even though it was available in chrome in Europe. A recent visit to the importer's website now shows a chrome Romantica professional (not EP) model as being available at a premium of $120 over the standard design chrome Pro. Sort of a rebirth of the Gaggia Factory G-106, without the pointy hat.
I was told a few years back that the brass Romantica was discontinued because of problems with the lacquer coating.....
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