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La Pavoni PA - John Boddie's Review
Posted: April 25, 2003, 2:07pm
review rating: 5.0
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Arrow The La Pavoni PA has 25 Reviews
Arrow The La Pavoni PA has been rated 6.14 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Rob Novak 9.00
Mike Dahlor 9.00
Chris Chase 8.25
Vincent Sapone 8.00
Brendan Getchel 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.2
Manufacturer: Salton Quality: 7
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $32.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: eBay Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Maybe
Similar Items Owned: Krups Blade
Bottom Line: A solid choice for the money - but you will have to deal with static
Positive Product Points

Consistent grind, Amount regulator works well, Easy to clean, Attractive Design

Negative Product Points

Static is a real problem

Detailed Commentary

The PA-Burr is a compact unit (8.5 tall, 4 wide, 6 deep) that is attractively designed with a small bean hopper (6 oz approx) at the top, a dial to regulate the amount ground on the front (from one to twelve cups), a grind control on the left side and a single button in front to activate the unit.

The clear plastic hopper has a removable lid and the coffee is fed into the upper back. The output hopper is large enough to easily handle a full input hopper of beans.

I suspect that there is significant variance between individual units. Several comments here indicate the Pavoni does not grind finely enough for espresso. At the finest setting, my unit produces what could be considered a Turkish grind - almost a coffee dust. Pavoni recommends a middle of the dial setting for drip, but we've needed to set it at the high end of the range (the lower the number, the finer the grind - there are 19 selections) to get the proper consistency for drip.

The quantity and consistency of the grind has greatly improved the coffee. We usually do six cups at a time (=2 large mugs) and the adventure of wondering whether we'll get water or sludge is past.

What is a problem is static. The output hopper has a lid that must be removed to get to the ground coffee, and the coffee sticks to the lid and the sides of the hopper consistently. As a result, there are always some loose grounds on the counter and on our fingers.

The unit is very easy to clean. A quick twist disengages the static burr and everything is easy to get to for brushing out. Pavoni recommends frequent cleaning and this might be necessary for finer grinds, but there doesn't seem to be much residue build-up when the grinder is used for drip.

Buying Experience

eBay - Pavoni PA-Burr grinders are available new on a consistent basis from reliable sellers in the $25-$35 range.

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