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La Pavoni Pro Lever - Tim Goode's Review
Posted: December 7, 2000, 10:16pm
review rating: 3.0
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Arrow The La Pavoni Pro Lever has 41 Reviews
Arrow The La Pavoni Pro Lever has been rated 8.19 overall by our member reviewers
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Josh Kempthorne 9.20
Paul Alter 8.80
Pal Cabral 8.25
Bernard Murphy 8.00
Taylor Nunley 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Pavoni Quality: 10
Average Price: $999.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Great looking, solid build, consistant results
Positive Product Points

As stated by others: great to look at, very solid construction.  Built to last - ? (I sure hope so).

Negative Product Points

Not the eastiest to make great foam, but Im willing to admit my technique might be responsible.  Im still studying/practicing/reading about foaming techniques.  (Ive recently switched to using White Wave Silk soy milk.  Different but good, with some redeeming nutricional value, and interestingly easier to get foam!).

Detailed Commentary

I have had this unit for 2 months. I started getting great tasting shots as soon as I made the grind fine enough.  Im no long term expert, but Boulder is full of great Espresso shops, so my taste buds are relatively sophisticated. I use high quality Italian Espresso Roast, from Peaberrys in Boulder. Im using an antique Spanish hand grinder, which can go extremely coarse or fine. (I do a lot of French Press, which needs a very coarse grind). The grinder adds to the general complexity, but it just isnt that hard. Grind it very fine, tamp it pretty darn hard, pull the handle slowly.  If there isnt much resistance, either the grind or tamp wasnt enough.  The perfect ending requires a hard pull that lasts about 15-20 seconds.  For double shots I do two pulls, which may or may not be illegal in La Pavoni land, but so far I havent been arrested.

I have not used any other machines worth mentioning.  Im shopping for a semi-automatic on ebay for work, and worrying about them lasting.

I got a great price - saved several hundred dollars, going straight to Italy.  
They were great to deal with, didnt take that long to show up.

My "3" rating for Cost vs. Value only reflects not knowing if less expensive machines can produce good results like this.  Im basically thrilled with the results Im getting.

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