La Pavoni

La Pavoni is a prestigious Italian firm founded in Milan at the beginning of the 20th century (1905) and is still based in this beautiful northern Italian city. Desiderio Pavoni founded it, and at first, the company was dedicated to the manufacture of coffee machines for bars and catering businesses.

His first invention was patented in 1902 and was the germ of the first espresso machine for bars. It was called “Ideale”.

Today, and since the mid-eighties, the La Pavoni company has been researching hard on new ideas and new concepts applicable to the field of the professional coffee industry. Technological advances and ergonomics have been the main areas of study for Italian engineers ever since.

La Pavoni coffee machines are divided into two commercial lines: domestic and professional. We, of course, limit ourselves on our website to La Pavoni coffee machines for domestic use only.

Nor can we forget the important presence of the Italian firm in the coffee grinder sector, with high-ranking contributions such as the prestigious La Pavoni Kube Mill or Jolly Dosato.

Buying La Pavoni coffee machine: prices

No, La Pavoni’s coffee machines are not exactly cheap. But that’s what you get for being a unique product. Here you have the updated offers:

La Pavoni ELH -Europiccola
La Pavoni ELH -Europiccola
1 Packet Of Scale Remover For Free; Steam Always Immediately Available; Boiler 0.8 Litres Makes 8 Espressos Without Refilling
La Pavoni EN Europiccola Lever Espresso Machine Black Base
La Pavoni EN Europiccola Lever Espresso Machine Black Base
La Pavoni Europiccola Espresso Machine with manual lever operation; Boiler 0.8 litres makes 8 espressos without refilling

How does a La Pavoni piston coffee machine work?

If aesthetics and design are the first things that catch a user’s eye who wants to buy a La Pavoni coffee maker, we are sure that the espresso extraction mechanism is the first thing that makes many people turn back. Because let’s be honest, a La Pavoni coffee machine is not as simple as pressing a button, and that’s it.

This is why we will explain in this section how piston coffee machines work and how they are used to extract espresso.

  • First of all, we must turn the coffee maker on with the handle down. Then we wait for the water in the boiler to heat up and reach the optimum extraction temperature (this is the same as with any espresso machine. This takes no more than 5-6 minutes on a La Pavoni coffee machine).
  • To extract an espresso, you have to raise and lower the handle. By raising the handle, the water from the boiler (already hot) enters the brewing unit and mixes with the cold water there.  It will also start to soak the ground coffee beans.
  • Finally, by lowering the handle, the water already mixed with the coffee will leave the brewing group at the correct pressure (in this case, towards our cup). The different nuances in the temperature and pressure of the extraction will be given by the intensity with which we lower the crank – more or less quickly. This same system allows you, by the way, to control the quality parameters of your coffee to the millimetre. With a little practice, however.

It is important to note that the raw material (ground coffee) in a La Pavoni coffee machine must have the same optimum qualities (freshness, roast, fine grinding) as for any other conventional espresso machine.

Comparative table of La Pavoni coffee machines

Whenever we talk about a brand, we like to offer a comparison table of all the coffee makers we have analysed on the web. In this way, you can compare at a glance the ones you need or access their technical data sheets if you want more information about any of them.

La Pavoni EN Europiccola Lever Espresso Machine Black Base
La Pavoni EN Europiccola Lever Espresso Machine Black Base
La Pavoni Europiccola Espresso Machine with manual lever operation; Boiler 0.8 litres makes 8 espressos without refilling

Differences between La Pavoni coffee machines

All La Pavoni coffee makers are handmade in Milan (Italy). Among their main common qualities is a refined taste for aesthetics – design is something this brand always takes great care of – and the use of the best materials in their manufacture.

For example, all La Pavoni piston coffee machines have the body and the main components made of brass, one of the most appreciated materials in the coffee industry for its ability to maintain temperature and to resist continuous contact with water.

When it comes to differentiating them, the easiest thing to do is look at their design. EuroPiccola, Professional, and Stradivari coffee makers work in the same way and only differ in their external appearance, and a few small details listed below:

  • In chronological order, we would first find the EuroPiccola (1950), followed by the Professional (1970) and, already in our time, the Stradivari (2005). As you can see, these are coffee machines with a great tradition in the sector.
  • The Pavoni Europiccola is a slightly smaller coffee machine than the other two (0.8 litres). It also lacks some accessories such as the integrated pressure gauge. The Professional has a capacity of 1.6 litres, and the Stradivari is available in both versions: 0.8 and 1.6 litres.
La Pavoni Chrome Combo set2
La Pavoni Chrome Combo set2
La Pavoni PLH Professional 16 cup boiler wooden handles; La Pavoni Grinder JDL; Chrome base with drawer for waste coffee

A separate case is La Pavoni Domus Bar, a customised espresso machine (no pistons this time), seeking to offer the domestic consumer an experience as faithful as possible to that of a coffee shop. It can be described as an authentic semi-professional coffee maker.

It has no less than 3 litres of capacity, an integrated grinder with seven grinding thickness settings, two brass filters, three independent thermostats, stainless steel housing; need we go on?