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La Pavoni Club Combo - David Wenzel's Review
Posted: January 21, 2003, 4:36pm
review rating: 5.8
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Arrow The La Pavoni Club Combo has 9 Reviews
Arrow The La Pavoni Club Combo has been rated 8.36 overall by our member reviewers
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Name Ranking
Donald Bridges 8.00
Kris 7.50
Adrian B. 7.33
David Wenzel 5.75
Wade Fillingame 5.40

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.0
Manufacturer: Pavoni Quality: 6
Average Price: $360.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $250.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: all4coffee Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 6 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: NONE
Bottom Line: I  recomend this product and think it is a value to a anyone who is a beginner like me.
Positive Product Points

Worked well. pulls nice shots, still working on consitancy. Built in grinder is handy, can get good looking "fake" Crema with anygrind - any coffee. Very Easy to use.

Negative Product Points

Grind even on lowest-highest settings makes Expresso Powder. I hade hoped with 12 settings there would be more options between grinds. But no noticalbe differance from setting grinder on 1 or 12 or anything in between.
Over heating Fuse Needs to be user replaceable. Blew fuse while cleaning machine (ran about 2 cups of water thru all at once and over heated it) Now must pay $$ to send it back to fix this $1.50 part. No options i can find as of yet to use it with a different basket without a Crema disk.

Detailed Commentary

This is my first espresso machine. I have been very happy with it out side of the few problems I have had. After four months I am still in search of the perfect cup, but getting closer. But have become much more critical of espresso made for me at shops since owning this one. It takes some getting use to as different grinds and tamping can really effect taste but look pretty much the same with the Crema’ disk. Makes decent espresso and for the money is a good buy. Easy enough for a beginner to use and get decent results. Machine has paid for itself with good results so far.

Buying Experience

I purchased this as new online. It may have been used or reconditioned as the steaming wand was pretty gunked up right out of the box. But may have been manufacturing residue. Do not know for sure.

Three Month Followup

I sold this machine so i could get a Mazzer Grinder and a Silvia. OUtside of the Thermal breaker not being user servicable i would still recomend the unit to someone who is not to picky, likes the convienence of an all in one, and it not ready to be obsessive about espresso.

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