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La Pavoni Europiccola - Dave Erickson's Review
Posted: January 11, 2006, 8:17pm
review rating: 4.3
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La Pavoni Europiccola
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Arrow The La Pavoni Europiccola has 57 Reviews
Arrow The La Pavoni Europiccola has been rated 7.98 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Theron Georges 9.67
Antonio Salles 9.50
Gino Magnotta 9.45
Gail McNeill 8.50
Marc Tischler 8.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.2
Manufacturer: Pavoni Quality: 6
Average Price: $789.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $375.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Don't remember Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Owning a La Pavoni Europiccolo is very much like owning an expensive Italian sports car: It's beautiful to look at, and when it works, you feel really great. But if you aren't a mechanic, be ready to pony up regularly for maintenance.
Positive Product Points

Beautiful design, capable of making excellent espresso.

Negative Product Points

Needs regular maintenance and service, which can prove to be an expensive proposition. Also, the Europiccolo is not idiot-proof, and should not be in a place where small children can get at it.

Detailed Commentary

I owned a Europiccolo for ten years, and learned to make excellent espresso and decent foam. It was gorgeous to look at, and I took great satisfaction in its mechanical simplicity. But every few years, I had to send it off to have it worked on: The gaskets need replacing, the tank has to be scaled, and the electrical components, simple as they may be, have a distressing tendency to break. A few months ago, there was an electrical problem again, and I just got tired of dropping another $120 plus shipping to get it fixed.

I decided that I really didn't care that much after all about the coolness quotient of my expresso machine; I wanted something dependable. I ended up with a Rancilio, which is not as lovely as the Europiccolo, but is far simpler and faster to use, and honestly, it makes better foam.

Owning a La Pavoni Europiccolo is very much like owning an expensive Italian sports car: It's beautiful to look at, and when it works, you feel really great. But if you aren't a mechanic, be ready to pony up regularly for maintenance.

Buying Experience

I bought mine as a reconditioned unit from a little gourmet shop on Cape Cod; it has been so long, I don't remember the name of the place.

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