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La Pavoni Bar Series - Jeff Lovering's Review
Posted: December 17, 2004, 2:02pm
review rating: 7.3
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.0
Product Reviewed: Bar V 3
Manufacturer: La Pavoni Quality: 5
Average Price: Varies Usability: 6
Price Paid: $4,000.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Crossroads Espresso Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: All in all a great machine. If you've always wanted a 3 or 4 group for your home or don't want to spend 10 grand on a good unit for your business this is the one. If you have the cash to burn, buy the La Marzooco.
Positive Product Points

3 group with duel wands, hot water tap, and warmer for around 4 grand, what else can I say.

Boiler size:
Though not a double boiler system like the La Marzocco it has a 21.5 liter boiler, more than enough power and steam for any occasion.

Steam Pressure:
Due to the boiler size the steam pressure is very high. Milk can be adequately steamed in less time than what I'm accustomed to on a La Marzooco. This point may actually be a negative for some who like longer steam times.

Sad to say but after price point this was second on my list of importance. This is a very “classy” looking espresso machine.

At 3 feet long, 21” high and 21” deep it fits on a professional espresso bar just about as well as it fits on a home counter top.

Installed this one by myself (after getting some help to get it on the counter).
I was originally going to hire a professional installer but due to cost of Installation and time frame I decided to do it myself. I'm glad I did because it was very simple. The entire process from uncrating to my first shot was less than 2 hours.

Negative Product Points

Basic steam wand length:
The “basic” steam wands that ship with the Bar V3 are to short for steaming in anything other than a very small pitcher. On the upside, Crossroads Espresso replaced them with the extra long wands free of charge.

The drip tray box (the collection point after the tray) is very small and can back up easily if all 3 group heads are run simultaneously.  I plan on replacing the slandered box with a larger one as soon as possible. Also, the hose diameter for drainage needs to be slightly larger to prevent backup.

Baskets size:
I wish a triple basket was available for the La Pavoni. I really liked the triple on the La Marzoocos.

Detailed Commentary

I actually bought this unit for home use so this review won't present a review of the Bar V 3 under maximum loads. Having stated this, and having had much experience with La Marzoocos 3 and 4 group units I'd have to say that if your budget is somewhat limited defiantly buy this machine. The shot consistency is good (not as great as the Marzooco). Where this machine really excels is in the area of  steam power and volume. You just can't beat a massive boiler. As stated above, the looks of this machine are great. It comes slandered with the red side panels, however gray are also available.

A new coffee house just opened up near me that uses the exact same machine (Bar V 3). I will get their feed back on the Bar V 3 under "professional” conditions for a follow up.

Buying Experience

I purchased this machine from Crossroads Espresso. Large purchases from someone far away over the phone can be a bit scary, however they were great! I wouldn't hesitate to do business with them again. The whole process took almost 5 months, due to the fact that I was trying to get my order in before the dollar price was adjust against the Euro along with everyone else, and also that a 3 group is unusual and had to be custom ordered. During this time Crossroads was very helpful and constantly updated me. I was never left in the cold.

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