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La Pavoni Professional Detailed Review
Detailed Review Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Author: Mark Prince
Machine Class: Piston Lever Espresso Machine
Pavoni Pro
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La Pavoni Professional in Chrome, $779.
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Pavoni is one of the oldest names in Italian espresso. Bezerra has them beat by a couple of years, but it was Desiderio Pavoni that made it really happen, financing a floundering Bezerra company, and bringing the world the first generation of commercial machines that produced 'espresso'. They were steam machines, but they were what the world knew as espresso for almost 50 years. Many followed, but Pavoni was one of the first.

For the longest time, the La Pavoni brand name was synonymous with commercial espresso, but in the 1960s and 1970s a new line of home machines came from the company; first the Euripicola Lever machine, then the Professional. La Pavoni expanded their line, moving into vibratory pump machines crafted in their factory and third party products slapped with the La Pavoni brand name, but to this day, the company is uniquely tied to and identified with their Lever line of machines - the long lasting Europiccola, the Professional line, and the Romantica series.

CoffeeGeek has spent the last few months evaluating the chrome version of the La Pavoni Professional espresso machine. This review was made possible with the help of Aabree Coffee Company (website). The chrome La Pavoni Professional is available from Aabree for $719 with free shipping in the USA. If you mention this detailed review when you order, Aabree will toss in a pair of high quality stainless steel Fabrosk espresso cups and saucers with your order. The deal is also valid for any La Pavoni lever machine they sell.

We need to note that the La Pavoni machine we have evaluated is actually "old" now. Our model was new when we got it, but La Pavoni has redesigned their Lever machines, incorporating some major design changes and a larger grouphead and portafilter to address some heat stability issues. We will address these changes in our Operation and Maintenance and Performance sections, though not through first hand experience: we are relying on the gracious help and frank information provided to us by Angelo Forzano of European Gift and Houseware, the primary North American importer of the La Pavoni line.

If you are interested in this product, you can find the La Pavoni Professional in Chrome at Amazon for $779.

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