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La Pavoni EPBB-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Lever Style Espresso Machine, Black Base review

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Amazon Price: $839.00 (as of November 14, 2018 3:22 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

True baristas "pull" an espresso with a lever instead of punching a button and relying on an automatic pump's whims. With this Italian-made machine, you force water through the coffee yourself, using the lever to precisely control speed, which means you get the full flavor and thick cap of crema that mark an ideal drink. Pulling an espresso the old-fashioned way is enormously gratifying, and a video accompanying the machine will teach anyone the skills needed to become a barista.

A steam wand heats milk for hot chocolate and creates foam for cappuccinos, lattes, and other coffee drinks, while an alternate wand with frothing attachment produces heaps of foam automatically. The water tank holds 20 ounces, enough to make 8 cups before the tank (accessible under the machine's removable dome) needs refilling and before water needs to be heated again (the heating element's rating is 1,000 watts maximum, 800 watts minimum). A glass tube permits water-level monitoring, and a thermostat triggers a green light when water reaches the correct crema-producing temperature. An internal fuse, which can be reset in the base, prevents overheating.

This version of La Pavoni's Europiccola model comes in gleaming chrome and features black plastic accents and a durable black acrylic base that contains fine, light-reflecting flecks, producing a polished-granite effect. –Fred Brack

Editor's note: This item may arrive with water inside from the manufacturer's pressure test. This is a normal occurrence and doesn't point to a problem with the machine.

Customer Reviews

Pavoni’s now have manufacturing and design problems: Avoid – this lasted less than 4 years

 on November 8, 2017
By Jason Hanleybrown
So, my one star is not because it made poor espresso. We had this machine for 3 or 4 years and the espresso was great. But, after about 3 years it started to leak from the bottom after being turned off. We had it serviced several times and the problem persisted. I took to the internet to research and this is apparently a pretty common problem due to various issues with gaskets etc. The bottom line is – these apparently used to be very well made machines that lasted and they are no longer that well made. So, four years in, we are looking for a new espresso maker. If it cost $150…I’d be ok with that. But at $800, I would suggest you put your money either in something a lot cheaper…or go more expensive.

Just gets better and better…

 on June 21, 2002
By Amazon Customer
We have owned a Briel pump machine for 5+ years, and we roast and grind our own coffee.

Great Value

 on January 5, 2007
By MRW
Have had this espresso machine for several months now. Researched a lot before buying and believe this is a great machine for the money. Performs well. Makes a great shot of coffee, assuming you are using great espresso beans. Looks good on the counter, altho not a sexy as the more expensive machines. Not too noisy. Only major negative: Not a lot of clearance between the machine and the drip tray – can’t use anything taller than a cappuccino cup. Also, machine does drip a bit after you stop brewing.

Perfect crema excellent espresso

 on July 1, 2008
By Hank To
I just got this machine from amazon. The pump works well and fairly quiet. It produced perfect crema and the lavazza espresso tasted better. I had the

Love this expresso machine

 on January 7, 2008
By JP
Love this expresso machine! Water heats up quick, operation is quiet, and it makes a perfect cup of of espresso with creama every time. Like the small size, fits the counter perfectly and looks good too. About the only comment is the cup height is a little low. Have to use espresso cups instead of mugs.

Great Machine

 on June 28, 2010
By RV
This makes and excellent espresso, with great crema and flavor. The steam wand produces fantastic foam for a perfect latte.

A machine for perfectionists!

 on February 8, 2008
By Jeanne Bourgeois­čÉČ
I have owned this machine for over ten years and everyday when I make my morning cappuccino I love it more. You can spend more for a machine that measures the coffee, tamps it, pulls the water through and steams the milk for you, but you can tip the kids behind the counter at Starbucks and they’ll do the same thing. Making espresso should be a little art and a little science and this machine an impeccable balance of the two. If you aren’t the kind of person who takes joy in mixing the perfect martini, making a risotto that whispers with flavor, or whipping a meringue to impossibly tall peaks, this probably isn’t the machine for you.

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