La Pavoni Europiccola espresso machine

April 26, 2021 - Comment

This is a classic La Pavoni. I acquired it in the late 90s, it’s seen light use since then. Based on internet research I believe this is a first half of the 1970s era model, but I’m not an expert in dating these. It is fully functional – I pulled two shots yesterday morning. The

This is a classic La Pavoni. I acquired it in the late 90s, it’s seen light use since then. Based on internet research I believe this is a first half of the 1970s era model, but I’m not an expert in dating these. It is fully functional – I pulled two shots yesterday morning. The steam valve is tight, works great. There are some cosmetic issues – see photos, note particularly some “wrinkles” in the base paint, minor pitting on the metal handle, and discoloration/sun damage on the top plastic reservoir cap. I have never replaced the seals on this, and there is an occasional drip from the piston area – it is probably due for seals. While I’ve had fun and gotten some great shots with this machine, I’m at the point where I want a bit more of a repeatable process, am picking up a semi-auto. Debatable whether it is really an upgrade in all areas, but I’m going for it … 😉

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