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La Pavoni Europiccola - Jay C's Review
Posted: January 21, 2008, 4:52pm
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La Pavoni Europiccola
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Arrow The La Pavoni Europiccola has 57 Reviews
Arrow The La Pavoni Europiccola has been rated 7.98 overall by our member reviewers
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Theron Georges 9.67
Antonio Salles 9.50
Gino Magnotta 9.45
Gail McNeill 8.50
Marc Tischler 8.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Pavoni Quality: 9
Average Price: $789.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $299.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Williams Sonoma Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 week Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: This nice looking, easy to use machine delivers excellent espresso.
Positive Product Points

Easy to use.
Nice looking machine.
Great price.
Expected longevity.

Negative Product Points

The bolier does get hot, as noted by numerous reviewers.

Detailed Commentary

I researched pump espresso makers, both manual and auto, for a week or so before deciding in the Europiccola.   My initial intent was to purchase a semi-auto machine, because I was wanted something that would be easy to use on a daily basis.  I was worried that a manual machine would be a hassle to use and difficult to master.  I wound up getting this machine for two reasons.  First, I could not get over the number of relatively new, refurbished semi-auto machines on the market.  This fact, coupled with numerous reviews, caused me to wonder about the durability of these devices.  The second reason was more fortuitous.  My buddy has an older version of this machine, which he has enjoyed for many years.  As luck would have it, he saw a single machine on clearance at W-S for $299, and he quickly convinced me to snap up this great deal.  I wasn't disappointed.  Of course, I had an experienced operator to show me the ropes, but I was pulling nice shots almost immediately.  I haven't bothered to hook up the special frothing device.  but I've been able to get nice enough foam holding the steaming nozzle just below the surface of the milk.  The thing that really surpises me is how easy this machine is to use and clean.  I expect it will also prove to be quite durable.

I'm not an espresso expert by any means, which is partly why I'm writing this review.  If you're a novice like me, don't be deterred by fears about a steep learning curve.  I certainly have room to experiment and improve, but I'm getting delicious espresso with this machine.

Buying Experience

Pleasant enough.

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