The Professional La Pavoni coffee maker PBB-16 makes true quality espresso and is built to last. The high quality materials, and the stunning design is also a great complementary accent to any kitchen decor.
When I first set out to research the best coffee makers, I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. I knew I wanted great espresso at home, and I knew I didn’t want a machine that would break within a year.
It didn’t take me long to stumble across the La Pavoni coffee makers. Made in Italy to their own exacting standards of high quality espresso, this machine shrieked quality the moment I saw it.
Initially, the price tag might seem a little high to suit some budgets, but if you’re serious about only drinking good quality coffee, this is one of the best manual espresso machines and won’t disappoint.
La Pavoni Professional PBB-16 Specifications and Features
- Machine Class – Manual, Lever
- Power – 1,000 watts
- Pump Pressure – N/A
- Housing – Stainless steel with triple-plated chrome
- Boiler – 38 oz nickel plated solid brass boiler
- Weight – 15 lbs
- Dimensions – H 11 in – L 7 in – D 12 in
- Warranty- 1 year parts and labour
- Comes With- Dual frothing-cappuccino sys. Internal thermostat that will control pressures. Measuring ladle and instructional video.
To begin with, the La Pavoni Professional PBB-16 is extremely sturdy, featuring solid brass boilers and nickel plated features. It also contains stainless elements, so it’s definitely built to last.
The 38 oz boiler capacity is deceptively huge for such an economically-sized machine. Fill the boiler just once and it will make 16 cups of espresso at 2-ounces per cup. The machine will also allow you to make one cup as you need it, or two cups at the same time.
There’s a dual-frothing cappuccino system for that perfect froth. It’s also easy to control pressure with the built-in internal thermostat.
As the La Pavoni coffee maker uses steam pressure, there is no pump to worry about breaking down or otherwise ruining your coffee.
Espresso Making Performance
The vast majority of manual espresso makers have a steep learning curve to overcome before you can actually start enjoying real, high quality coffee. Yet, the La Pavoni Professional is ideal for any serious coffee connoisseur who takes great pleasure in creating the perfect cup of coffee every time.
The steam-pressure makes this machine very easy to use. As the boiler begins to make steam, the pressure rises. You can see this clearly on the little gauge. When the pressure has reached the right level, you simply raise the lever and pull the shot through the coffee.
All you need to do is watch the pressure gauge to ensure there isn’t too much pressure built up.
La Pavoni Professional Upgrades
With Chrome Base
La Pavoni PC-16 Professional
La Pavoni PPG-16 Professional
Milk Steaming Performance
The frothing attachment does take a little bit of getting used to. If you’re willing to be patient and work on some trial and error, it’s possible to get the hang of creating the perfect cappuccino every time very quickly and efficiently.
The deceptively simplistic design makes this machine extremely easy to clean. There are no cheap plastic attachments to worry about getting stained, discoloured or broken, so your coffee maker will stay looking great for years to come.
While there aren’t very many reviews available on Amazon for this coffee maker, the ones that are there are extremely positive. Anyone who has gone to the effort to purchase this machine and write a review agrees that the quality of the espresso is perfect.
There is also a common agreement that the machine looks fabulous up on the countertop in any kitchen, and the sturdy high quality design means the machine is definitely designed with longevity in mind.
The only negative comment I could locate for the La Pavoni PBB-16 was obviously written by someone who simply didn’t have the patience – or the desire – to really learn how to use this machine to its full capacity.
To date this machine has received 8 five star ratings on Amazon and averages 5 stars overall from a total of 8 La Pavoni Professional consumer reviews on Amazon
This La Pavoni coffee maker is an exceptional machine. It’s built to last, made using high quality materials, and the stunning design is a great complementary accent to any kitchen decor.
Initially, the price tag might seem a little high to suit some budgets, but if you’re serious about only drinking good quality coffee, this machine won’t disappoint. You also won’t have the added expense of replacing it every couple of years, as you would with an inferior coffee maker.
Overall, the espresso quality is superb. The milk steamer does a great job. And the machine itself is a delight.