The Pavoni name is familiar to espresso connoisseurs around the world. A Milanese man called Desiderio Pavoni was the first to produce commercial espresso machines in 1905.
Made from brass and copper, the La Pavoni Professional begs you to wear goggles and a leather flying cap while pulling a shot. If the Chemex speaks to Mies Van der Rohe and Bauhaus designs, the La Pavoni cries out for Alphonse Mucha posters and Art Deco china for your morning cappuccino.
The La Pavoni does not have a spring lever but a piston, meaning it works purely on the user’s muscle power. This - well, let's say it rewards practice. Pull too quickly and it blows bubbles out the portafilter; pull it just right and your espresso comes with an extra helping of well-deserved pride.
The Professional is also less bottom-heavy, meaning it can be difficult to keep in place in operation. (Get used to holding the base down while you lift the lever.)
The Professional has a large capacity of about 32 single shots. However, as it is a piston-operated machine, achieving a consistent brew takes practice and attention. But isn't that half the reason you want a manual machine in the first place?
BEST SUITED FOR: Someone who appreciates espresso as part of a quest for spiritual perfection in the context of classic, timeless design.
Dimensions: 12.6" x 17.9" x 11.4"
Capacity: 38 oz.
Pressure: 9 bar at 14 lb of lever pressure
Includes a single spout portafilter, a detachable plastic double spout attachment, and a measuring cup
Upgraded piston gasket produces better pressure than original ROK
Lightweight and Portable at 3.5 lbs and 11.5 inches tall
Extract crema-rich espresso easily by squeezing the GCâs two arms down