Espresso Machines: La Pavoni

La Pavoni Espresso Machine

The “La Pavoni” is a prestigious Italian firm, which was founded in Milan at the beginning of the 20th century (1905) and still, today remains in this beautiful city of northern Italy. Pavoni initially was dedicated to the manufacturing of coffee machines for bars and hotel business.

Their first invention was patented in 1902 and was the seed of the first espresso coffee maker in bars. It was called “Ideale.”
Since the mid-1980s, La Pavoni has been actively investigating new ideas and new concepts applicable to the field of the professional coffee industry. Technological advances and ergonomics have been the main areas of study for Italian engineers ever since.
LaPavoni is divided into two business lines: domestic(mostly lever/manual as well as few semi automatic & super-automatic espresso machines) and professional/commercial. La Pavoni also is a very has a large presence in the coffee grinder sector, with contributions of such as the top of the line grinders, La Pavoni Kube coffee grinder and Jolly Dosato.

Price Range: How Much Does La Pavoni Espresso Machines Cost

La Pavoni’s espresso machines are not exactly cheap. But the price is what it has to be, the costs do grow as you progress  into a certain level of espresso machine quality. Here you have all the updated retail offers:

Instructions: How Does a La Pavoni Lever Espresso Machine Work?

If the aesthetic aspect and design is the first thing that strikes many users want to buy a La Pavoni espresso maker, then with out a doubt sometimes the extraction mechanism of the espresso ends up scaring many  into to changing their mind. Let’s face it, a manual La Pavoni espresso maker is not as simple as pushing a button and that’s it.
For this reason, we will explain in this section how the piston espresso machines work, and how they are handled to extract an espresso.

  • How Does a Pavoni Lever manual Espresso Machine WorkFirst, we must turn on the espresso machine with the crank down. We then wait for the boiler water to warm up and reach the optimum extraction temperature (this is the same as for any espresso machine. In a La Pavoni coffee machine it usually takes no more than 5-6 minutes).
  • To extract an espresso, you have to raise and lower the crank. Turning up the crank, we get that the water of the boiler (already hot) access the delivery group, and mix with the cold water there. It will also begin to soak the ground coffee beans.
  • Finally, when lowering the crank what we will get is that this water already mixed with the coffee leaves the delivery group out (in this case, towards our cup) to the correct pressure. The different nuances in the temperature and pressure of the extraction will be given by the intensity with which we lower the crank – more or less fast. This same system allows you, by the way, to be able to control the quality parameters of your coffee millimeter. With a little practice, yes.

It is important to note that beans used in an La Pavoni machine must have the same optimum qualities (freshness, roasting, fine grinding) as for any other conventional espresso coffee machine.

Comparison of LaPavoni Manual Espresso Machines

Differences between La Pavoni’s Machines

LaPavoni espresso makersAll of La Pavoni coffee machines are hand made in Milan (Italy). Among its main common qualities are a refined taste for aesthetics – design is something that this brand always cares a lot about and the uses some of the best materials in its construction.

For example, all La Pavoni piston espresso maker’s  body and major components are made of brass, a benchmark in the coffee industry for its ability to maintain temperature and to withstand continuous contact with water.
When it comes to telling them apart, the easiest thing is to look at their design. The EuroPiccola, Professional, and Stradivari machines all work in the same way and only differ in their exterior appearance, and in a very few small details that are listed below:

  • In chronological order, we would first find the manual EuroPiccola espresso machine (1950), followed by the Professional (1970) and, in our time, the Stradivari (2005). As you can see, Pavoni machines ave a long tradition in the sector.
  • The Pavoni Europiccola is an espresso machine with a somewhat smaller size than the other two (0.8 liters). It also lacks some accessories like the integrated manometer. The Professional has 1.6 liters of capacity, and the Stradivari we can acquire it in the two versions: 0.8 and 1.6 liters.

La Pavoni Napolitana  Automatic Espresso Machine

La Pavoni’s PA-1200 Napolitana is a super automatic espresso machine (not manual this time), which seeks to offer the domestic consumer an experience as faithful as possible to that of a coffee shop. We can qualify it as a true semi-professional espresso machine.
It has a 100oz water capacity, an integrated conical burr grinder with multi grind settings, two brass filters, 3 independent thermostats, stainless steel housing … what else do you need?