Do you just love to drink espresso? Then you should look at my other automated espresso machine reviews. If you don’t just love to drink espresso but think that making espresso is an art in itself, then look at this La Pavoni Professional PBB-16 Espresso Machine.
State of the Art
This beauty of an espresso maker from Italy is a fully manual espresso maker that lets you pull your own shot with the steam instead of pumping it through automatically. It does take a lot of practice to perfect the skill!
All the users who bought the La Pavoni Professional PBB-16 Espresso Machine loved it for the looks, the build, the performance, and the satisfaction it gives for pulling a shot of crema-topped espresso.
High Quality for Years of Use
The nickel plated brass boiler and the metal parts are all high quality make that will last you for decades with minimal servicing. There are no electronic parts that will break down on you.
“I have had this machine since 1998, i drink on average 4 espresso a day, that is a total of around 17,500 espressos and it still works like a charm.” – David J. Mosley, reviewer on Amazon.
The difference between getting this and getting an automated machine is like the difference between getting a piano and getting a keyboard. Granted, the latter does have more frills and thrills, but art has more depth than that.
The 38-ounce boiler capacity allows for making two cups of espresso at once, unlike the La Pavoni EPC-8 that has a 20-ounce boiler and makes one cup. This is the main thing that distinguished the two models.
The price is roughly $100 apart though, so unless you need many cups in the mornings or often have guests over, you might want to look into the La Pavoni EPC-8 first.
Are there any downsides? None as far as I can see. The La Pavoni Professional PBB-16 Espresso Machine is going to pay for itself in a year’s time if you use it every morning!
If a fully manual machine like this sounds too difficult for you to handle, you can try a semi automatic espresso machine. I have a few recommendations:
If you like to just press a few buttons and have espresso ready, read my reviews on automatic and super automatic espresso machines:
Best Value Automatic Espresso Machine – Nespresso C100-US-AERO Essenza Automatic Single-Serve Espresso Machine; or
Best Super Automatic Espresso Machine – Jura-Capresso Impressa J6
Anyway, you can find more recommendations in my best espresso machine main page.
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