RaymondParker Senior Member Joined: 10 Nov 2012 Posts: 41 Location: Vienna
Posted Tue Dec 4, 2012, 2:52am Subject: Pavoni Europiccola or Breville BES900 - the winner is?
No winner – I have decided to keep them both. My lighthearted longtime dancing spouse Pavoni (30 years working in my house - no problem until today) as well my recently trough "Amazon" bought/ married, heavy popo sitting fat-wife BES900. The truly elegant lady "Pavoni Europiccola Professionale" side by side with the duly overweight Supertanker Breville BES 900 Advanced Control are occupying my kitchen now. Thats why: The Pavoni is perfectly happy with 7-9 Gramm (depending on roast) fresh ground coffee where the 900 single sieve sucks at least 13 Gramm for a decent Ristretto - same weight in the perfect cup on both machines. About same heat-up time.
Where the BES 900 really shines is reliable repeatability of (once properly set up) for a latte loving midsize family to a towards longer drawn Espresso leaning army officers headquarter morning call or a italian extreme short Ristretto sipping gentleman. A sleepy six year old in a pyjama can serve (full semi-automatic setup) a decent Espresso with a lot of crema in the middle of the night to his parents, beating anything Starbucks offers on its best day, once the 900 is properly pre-configured.
The Pavoni on the other hand is a extremely elegant one trick (pony) race horse, in need of some knowledge, proper handling and dedication. The only espresso machine that ever had made it to a MOMA marble stand. She gives a stunning & wonderful result in the cup - once - for a bachelors household (with one spouse at a time maximum). One or two times in a row – then the lady overheats and has to rest - also she is not designed for 7/24 non-stop go.
The BES 900 on the other side, is a rugged as huge Willis Jeep in a massive RollsRoyce SilverShadow wedding-dress. Sitting like a mid-sized fridge on your counter continuous switched on to eternity - like the Livermore's Centennial Light Bulb Cam. Providing, together with the Breville grinder (latest release) a constant quality, shot after shot. She is the perfect companion for a multi head family, a midsize wedding celebration or small coffee shop. Milk-frothing may be a little faster and the "spuma" a little finer with the 900 compared to the Pavoni, but thats not really a point. The needed care and mess is (funnily) a little less with the Pavoni. And the all no-electronics, no fuss, full mechanical Pavoni can be repaired by anyone in the wilderness of a rainforest - the BES 900 needs a professional service center at hand. Anyhow - I like them both.
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