La Pavoni PL-16 Lusso Chrome Automatic Espresso Machine
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- Super Froth Attachment
- Cappuccino Automatic attachment
- Body is made of shock resistant ABS plastic
- 950 watts and ETL listed
- Quick 2 minute warm-up time.
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The model "Lusso" is only one in it's class to feature a fully chromed, polished body. It is designed and manufactured by la Pavoni in Milan, Italy. Incorporated are some of the latest technology used in the home espresso machine industry. A state of t
La Pavoni's shiny, square-shaped espresso machine is 12 by 16 inches in size and looks more like a regular coffee maker than models with a pull-down handle. It's attractive enough to leave out on the counter but light enough to put away if storage space permits. This model has a chromed body made of sturdy ABS plastic, with black wrap-around accent stripes. It has push-button features for frothing milk and automatically metering out water, so it's a good choice for those new to making their own lattes. All the gadgets needed for making drinks are included: a tamper, drip tray, measuring ladle, and cappuccino attachment. It also includes an adapter for use with purchased coffee "pods" (prepackaged ground coffee for espresso making) for those in a hurry for a morning mocha. --Marcie Bovetz
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Design is attractive, although all plastic and not very sturdy.
Good refund service from Amazon.
Bought a Di Longhi at half the price of La Pavoni, looks and works great.
Case of brand name deception.
The machine has a pump that provides pressure. The hot water seems to always be at the right temperature. There is a valve under the filter, where the ground coffee is, that guarantees the correct pressure. With these features, this machine makes it possible to have a great cup of espresso.
There are other important things to keep in mind, though. The machine is only one term of the expression. There is also coffee quality, grind, and the ability to put it all together.
So besides this machine, you need freshly roasted coffee beans. After roasting and cooling, coffee beans start to degrade immediately. I have found that after roasting, coffee is normally good for a couple of weeks, and then I start to notice the difference. I have tried coffee beans of unknown roasting date, and I could tell they had been roasted a long time before.
It's best if the blend is an espresso blend. Espresso is not a roast, it's a blend. You can tell it's a blend because the beans are not all the same. Some are larger, some are smaller. It can also be that some are darker, some lighter. An espresso blend is what you need to get the best results. I have found a single origin bean that works in this machine, but I figure that's hard to find elsewhere, so when in doubt, I would stick to an espresso blend.
The beans need to be ground at the correct degree of coarseness. Too coarse, and water will run through it. The espresso will taste weak and watery, the cream will be light-colored. Too fine, and the hot water will burn it. The espresso will be bitter and taste like burn. If you have a burr grinder, it will take a few attempts to figure out the correct settings for the machine. I haven't change my setting in years.
The ability to put it all together boils down to: grind 16 grams of coffee beans, put them in the filter and tamp very lightly, plug it in the machine, and hit the button. It takes a little bit of practice but anyone can learn to do it quickly.
The beauty of this machine is that it is consistent. It makes a nice cup of espresso even if the beans are not super-fresh, or if the coffee is not the best blend. Given the same inputs, though, the results are always the same. You can count on it. It is dependable.
I love it.
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There's not really many machines available in the $150 to 400 category, which is what I wanted. Although $500 is a lot to spend on a machine, I decided that the convenience of having a machine in my home (as opposed to having to run out) was worth the cost. I don't really think I'm saving money over the short term as I only drink espresso a few times a week.
The machine is easy to work with minimal reading of the instructions. I like that you can use espresso pods without having to buy anything extra. If you don't know what an espresso pod is, I'd highly suggesting looking it up if you hate old coffee and like easy to clean.
The bottom line: it's easy to use, makes a great cup, but is pricey. I expect it to last a while, so the cost is ok with me.