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La Pavoni PA - Steve Dearth's Review
Posted: July 4, 2002, 4:07am
review rating: 6.0
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La Pavoni PA Grinder
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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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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 5.8
Manufacturer: Salton Quality: 7
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $45.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Local Kitchen Supply Store Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 6 months Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Solis Maestro
Bottom Line: Keep your blade grinder until you've saved enough for Solis Maestro!
Positive Product Points

This grinder is a step up from a blade grinder for a relatively good price.  It is usable for drip coffee and possibly for press pots, if you are willing to swallow a bit of sludge.

Negative Product Points

The PA-Burr produces an extremely uneven grind.  It has some severe static problems.  Not an attractive addition to the kitchen decor.

Detailed Commentary

The PA-Burr grinder is probably a decent upgrade from a blade grinder for drip coffee drinkers on a limited budget.  Any other preparation method really does require a better grinder.  

The manufacturer's documentation claims that this is a good grinder for all coffee types, and that it is usable for most espresso machines.  This is a bit of a stretch.  The grind is very uneven, and produces almost as much powder as my old whirly blade.  Even on the finest setting, the grind is too coarse for espresso.

Static is a major problem with this grinder.  No matter how carefully I handle the hopper, it seems that half my grounds end up stuck to my arm and to the counter.  

Finally, this grinder just isn't that nice to look at.  I know this isn't really of concern if its a functional unit, but it would be nice if it added something to your coffee bar's decor.  The white plastic and squat design shout "Cheap appliance!".

Buying Experience

I purchased the grinder at a local kitchen supply store.  Not much to tell as far as buying experience.

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