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La Pavoni Napolitana - Britt Juliff's Review
Posted: January 27, 2009, 9:06am
review rating: 7.0
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La Pavoni Napolitana Espresso Machine
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Arrow The La Pavoni Napolitana has 9 Reviews
Arrow The La Pavoni Napolitana has been rated 7.40 overall by our member reviewers
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Tgoob Erbutt 8.50
Britt Juliff 7.00
Nick Robins 6.75
Mike Heslop 6.33
Paul Petzschmann 4.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: La Pavoni Quality: 8
Average Price: $799.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $350.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: ebay Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great value in an all in one package that makes great espressos and lattes.
Positive Product Points

Sturdy stainless construction
Heavy grouphead/portafilter
Fast warmup
Easy to get microfoam
Easy to pull a shot with nice crema
Excellent adjustable grinder
Low cost

Negative Product Points

My boiler light sometimes comes on before the shot completes
I wish the boiler generated more steam and hot water before reheating
Grinder cleanup is harder in combi machine

Detailed Commentary

I  am not sure the other comments about the temperature not being high enough are accurate.  I get a water temperature of about 160 if I measure water poured into a shot glass from the grouphead. But, water cools fast. When I use the grouphead temperature test with a styrofoam cup that I found on this site, I got a temperature in excess of 200 degrees. Chunk the foaming attachment. It is very easy to get microfoam without it. I just use very cold milk, stick the wand in the milk, quickly lift it to just at the surface, then I stretch the milk for about an extra 1/3, then I lower the wand into the milk to texture the milk until I can't hold it. Perfecto. I am roasting green Sweet Maria beans to Vienna in my i-Roast. They produce plenty of crema and a nice espresso to drink, put in lattes, or to make a fine Americano.

Buying Experience

There were a few dents that the ebay seller didn't mention, but what the heck, it was a great deal.

Three Month Followup

Good machine, though I mostly use it as a grinder these days. I am off the espresso and latte kick and on to french pressed coffee. I do wish the steamer was more powerful, but I think that is pretty common on lower end machines.

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