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La Pavoni PA - Daniel Marsalone's Review
Posted: July 14, 2001, 6:15pm
review rating: 4.7
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Arrow The La Pavoni PA has 25 Reviews
Arrow The La Pavoni PA has been rated 6.14 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Rob Novak 9.00
Mike Dahlor 9.00
Chris Chase 8.25
Vincent Sapone 8.00
Brendan Getchel 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.2
Manufacturer: Pavoni Quality: 8
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Nice, stylish and inexpensive unit great for normal coffee and steam/low end pump espresso.
Positive Product Points

Decent grind range. Press coffee to Krups/Delonghi pump espresso machines. Nice sleek styling. A pretty unit. Only $40 locally. Timer nice. Small footprint.

Negative Product Points

Removing coffee is inconvenient, you have to remove the output container and then remove the lid. Won't grind fine enough for Gaggia level pump machines.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this unit about a year ago as a house warming gift for my girlfriend who uses it daily with a Krups Novo Compact pump espresso machine (she also uses it to grind for her percolator when normal coffee people visit).

The unit looks very nice which is why I chose it over the Braun KMM30 for her. The unit is also inexpensive and has been working fine for about a year. The time is even more convenient than the Braun as the grind switch and timer setting are separate meaning once the timer is set all you have to do is press the button and your good to go. With the Braun, the timer and grind switch are one in the same. Basically you turn the grind knob and let it go as it starts to rotate back to the off position.

The PA won't grind fine enough for the Gaggia/Rancilio level of machines, their pumps are just too strong. But I don't really think that the Gaggia/Rancilio crew is the proper demographic for this grinder. This unit is a nice match with the $200 and under espresso crowd that you'll find taking up shelf space at Macy's, Service Merchandise, and other department stores. The only inconvenience is removing the ground coffee. It is a little more of a hassle than the Braun. For the Pavoni you have to remove the grounds container and then a lid in order to get to the ground coffee.

Overall, it is a pretty nice unit. It is comparable to the Braun KMM30 in both price and grind range/quality. The Braun is easier to get to the grinds but is more messy due to static. The Pavoni is more stylish, a little more hassle to get to the grinds but I suppose this is what keeps the static mess factor down.

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