La Pavoni Lever Style Espresso Maker – Reserved for the Perfectionist

Posted on January 11 in Articles | 3 comments

I love good coffee. That’s a fact! This love carries over into exotic coffees and now into needing a good espresso (sometimes more than one) every morning.

Because of this, the La Pavoni Lever Style Espresso Machine was brought to my attention. Having myself acquainted with one of the most amazing coffee maker ever invented, I find that not writing a review about it for all you other coffee lovers out there is a sin that I refuse to commit.


I do my research before I make making any purchase. Especially for something that I know I will use every day.

Also, I don’t always drink espresso (sometimes I want a latte or a cappuccino) so the fact that this machine comes with a cappuccino attachment is important to me.

During my writing of the La Pavoni Lever Style Espresso Machine review, I wanted to ensure my readers understand everything about this product.

I want to be objective, but sometimes that can be challenging when the machine works so very well for me and I like the item; then I want to rave about how wonderful it is. However, it’s not for everyone, and there are some things you need to consider before making a decision about buying this product.

Is it for You?

The first thing you need to decide, like I did, is if you’re willing to put in the required work to get that perfect cup of coffee.

It will take some testing before you learn how to use this machine to make your ideal espresso, and if you can’t really be bothered to learn how to use it properly, then it is certainly not for you.

Next you have to figure out how much you want to spend. Specialty machines like this will naturally cost you a bit.

The La Pavoni Lever Style Espresso Machine is considered one of the best around though, so if you’re serious about getting your coffee exactly right then it is worth it.

The La Pavoni Lever Style Espresso Machine comes in three different styles, specifically the ever-popular Chrome option, Wood Finish and Black Base. If you want something that matches your kitchen, then this is important.

Also important are the features of the La Pavoni Lever Styel Espresso Machine. It only weighs 14 pounds and has a cappuccino attachment, tamper, measuring ladle and screen with holder.

Its measurements are 11 x 7 x 12 inches, so it does take up some counter space, but it’s not a monster that’s going to dominate your countertops, so the size isn’t likely to be either a breaking or selling point in your decision making. La Pavoni also offers new owners a 1-year warranty on the product.

Made by the company who invented the first espresso maker, this espresso machine is likely to last you a long time. While most owners rave about how their La Pavoni treasures are able to stick with them for years, I ran into problems merely 5 months after I made my purchase.

Say I’m unlucky or whatever. But thanks to their warranty, I had mine replaced with a new unit.

It is durable, but sometimes challenging to use. If you just want a machine that makes a fast espresso, then this is not the device for you.

This makes an authentic espresso that offers flavor. Once you find the right procedures to make the perfect espresso for you, it’s a joy to work with.

You Have the Answer

So in conclusion, if you are a serious espresso drinker, then this is the machine for you. It has been rated by owners on several review sites and the lowest average grade it received was a 4.4 out of a 5.

However, if a fantastic espresso is more of a once-in-a-while sort of pleasurable luxury rather than an important and vital part of your day, you might be better off finding and frequenting a great coffee place near you.


  1. I recently acquired a vintage Pavoni europiccolo and upon purchase I noted it needed the group seals replaced, purely from age. The unit heats up quickly, and with the entire set of group seals replaced, all parts cleaned and reassembled: I am LESS than impressed. Zero creme with a series of experiments, ranging in tamping, grind, etc. These units are overpriced sculpture. Pretty to look at but a complete waste of time.

    My DeLonghi machine with built in pump does a far better job for a much lower price. My bialetti stove top makes coffee without foam much more quickly. Seriously, the ‘theory’ that it takes practice is flawed. How hard should it be to simply grind, tamper, and pull a lever? I would like to write to the manufacturer and tell them how lame and over priced their machines are but finding an address is difficult. Italy should stick with suits. Their cars and coffee machines are laughable.

    • There are many variables here. This machine is definitely not tolerant to grinding imprecisions and to get the right powder packing requires some practice and tools. The grinder is typically the make or break item more than the machine. Personally it took me way longer than 5 months to become consistent wirh my Profeessional but now I very rarely sink a cup anymore and my espresso is so way better than any coffe I drank anywhere else that it is just unacceptable for me to go to a coffee shop anymore. The only real alternative to this machine are big permanently connected semiprofessional levers costing at least 3 times.

  2. As someone who is looking for their first real espresso maker (and hopefully last [learning curves accepted]), and is looking at this model, I’d be interested to know what issue you ran into 5 months after your purchase, as I’m worried the most about the weaknesses of several models and the difficulty of replacing parts. I’ve read complaints about having to surf the water temp, did you have trouble with this? And how many shots can you consistently brew in a row?

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