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  1. Woohoo!!! I just got me a Pavoni on ebay! - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332307790618 My first lever and first espresso machine! Complete noob to espresso really, but I had to give it a try and I love the engineering simplicity and heritage of the Pavoni levers. And the fact that they can make fantastic espresso in the right hands... hopefully mine too eventually! Think this is an 80s machine, no idea what shape it's going to be in so it was a bit of a punt really, but will be happy to strip it down and rebuild as a project if needed. There have been some great threads here lately from
  2. This is the second attempt at documenting my restoration of a Pavoni Europiccola 1977. The previous thread got corrupted and the admin decided to take it offline. This is it, a Europiccola 1977 bought on Ebay for about 150 EUR. There is a bit of rust on the base, but the rest looks good: I will disassemble it and then start documenting the restoration
  3. https://www.gumtree.com/p/coffee-machines/pavoni-coffee-machine/1294683355 Get amongst it at that price. Even if it's borked.
  4. Hi Everyone, Was wondering whether you guys have some suggestions on how to make the coffee less sour. I manage to make a great espresso with Arabica beans. Now I'm running into issues when switching to a different type of bean and the coffee comes out very sour. The beans I have used are a Brazilian yellow Bourbon from Hasbean (http://bit.ly/1UgvLO7) as well as a Tanzanian Bourbon from Ozone Coffee roasters in London (region Mbeya, fully washed). Both smell amazing as roasted beans, but the espresso comes out way too sour. It becomes a bit better after the following adjustmen
  5. This coffee malarky is just nuts! I was originally thinking it would have been nice to try something different from my bialetti which I was very happy with over the last decade. I’d simply buy some beans from the supermarket - but not any old tosh you understand, but some good quality Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Italian. No wait… that should be Lazy Sunday and Rich Italian. Then I’d get home and over the course of the next 2-3 months (whilst storing them in an open container in the fridge) grind them with my spice mill. It worked. I was in blissful ignorance and I was happy. Then o
  6. Hi May I ask newbie question. Having admired the Londinium lever sprung system, I saw a domestic Pavoni on ebay and was curious how this works - not the basics - it has a hand lever pump to push an exact volume shot through the group head. Simple and used for years and the original Italian way to make espresso It has a single boiler at the back and this is maintained at pressure sufficient to provide ample steam for frothing a capuccino BUT - here's the question If this water is under pressure (1 barg) then its temperature will be elevated to 120C Surely this
  7. Hello... I am looking for a lever machine, that someone is willing to post to Staffordshire. Looking for £200 or less, posted. Having been driving myself nuts on ebay, only to miss out on a very nice Gaggia 105, I thought I would also post here as the likelihood of a machine that is in good order is a lot higher. I am primarily after a Europiccola, however, I am not averse to other recommendations. Thanks for reading. Ben
  8. Hey Guys, I've recently fixed up two la pavoni's I've bought on Ebay. The idea was to kinda fix up and learn about Lever Machines as I'm used to a Rancilio Silvia, and sell off the machines I no longer use. After much more repair that I had anticipated, I have gotten them both working, one is a Post-Millennium and another is a Pre-Millennium machine. The Post-Millenium machine I have works beautifully. After a short while I was making what I considered better coffee than my Silvia. It's easier to adjust the slightly course/fine grind with the pressure you manually apply with this m
  9. Hi everyone, Would anyone happen to have a spare replacement steam tap knob lying around? (wood preferable as that would match my current one). My current one gave in to the high demands as per the below picture: Thank you, Raman
  10. HI all! I've just purchased a Pavoni Professional, and followed the manual instructions for the first clean and use, however after 5mn of turning it on, the water started boiling and the pressure raising, the steam started to leak from the top of the level glass. So much that the pressure never reached the green zone and the machine can't function . Contacting the online shop I got it from, they told me I simply need to tighten the bolt. I was going to try but didnt even managed to remove the plastic cover around the tube, I didnt want to force, the machine still being under 2 years
  11. The above size burrs are fitted to some CARIMALI, FIORENZATO, OBEL, PAVONI, ROSSI and BRASILIA badged grinders. Anyone got any of the above? Old burrs are good because I seek Hole pitch info and reverse side info only for a conversion. Just want to emphasise the LH rotation bit Thanks
  12. Hi People, I came accross your forum just in time.... I was about to buy a B2C jura ENA micro 1. I have a serious problem of space in my kitchen, but hate the idea of pods and capsules of course... I thought I knew. Now, it is not easy. Size of machine matters, but also I was inclined to that kind of machine because avoiding the mess is also convenient in a small kitchen. I like a good coffee though. I would like your advise, now in stage two of my quest I am looking into La Pavoni Puccino. Beautifully small.... can I learn with it to make a good coffee and enjoy it until I have a
  13. Morning all, What sort of output are people getting using one pull (no fellini etc.) on their millenium machines with a double basket? I find myself getting ~25g from a standard single pull, this is whether I dose 12, 13, even 14 or 15gs. I've done a bit of searching online and from the small amount of info I've managed to find people seem to be getting 30g plus... Thanks, Harry
  14. Hey everyone! A friend of mine just got a new La Pavoni Europiccola. Tried using the machine and it looks like this! Anybody have any idea whats wrong and how to fix this? Video 1: - Is this the pressure valve not being tightened properly as I have been reading around? Video 2: - Is this water flow too fast? Or is this normal without a portafilter? Thanks in advance! Ryan
  15. Hi all, So it's taken me all of a few days being a member on this forum to decide that I want a la pavoni. I just don't want to repeat the mistake I made when buying my gaggia classic and buying a model that I now regret a bit(should've gone pre 2015) So can anyone tell me the differences between the pre-millenium models and post? Which model is the one to go for? I generally make a 1 flat white a day during the week and 2 on weekends. It will be very rare that I need to make more than 2 cups back to back, but planning on keeping the gaggia for when guests come around.
  16. well it was either going to be pimp my chip pan pavoni or Pimp "my god your greasy" Pavoni I think the Motorhead reference suits the all chrome and grease look that the previous owner was going for... has to be a single bloke this one with a love for deep frying- a life style i can only dream of..........wipes a tear from his eye so on with the initial assessment and the pics - please look away if easily offended
  17. La Pavoni Jolly grinder Burr grinder in a similar platform to the rancillio rocky, probably the same internals. modified for stepless adjustment (easily returned to its stepped adjustment if preferred) so grind size can be fine-tuned. I'd guess roughly 20kg though this from new, and about 500g since last cleaned. only negative point, the cap that sits inside the hopper is missing. only an issue if you have a few beans - if you keep the hopper topped up then you'll have no trouble at all. Not a bad place to start for espresso. £40 SOLD: La Pavoni Europicolla pre-millenium spares
  18. Got a bit bored with my old avatar so looking around for something Pavoni related I remembered this clip. Not sure if this has been posted here before and I expect lots of you have seen it but here it is in all it's 70's glory - the La Pavoni Europiccola as demonstrated by James Bond himself in the film Live and Let Die The prop 'espresso' looks very odd and spot the unorthodox steaming technique - espresso in with the milk and the opv tube! These bloopers seem so obvious to us now but of course back then no one would have had a clue. To a British audience this was all new, this
  19. I have a Gaggia classic that is doing a fine job but i cant stop thinking about getting a Pavoni lever machine. I have never seen one in the flesh nor do i know how the coffee would compare but I think they look great and i like the idea of 'pulling a shot' Has anyone gone from classic to Pavoni? Please can someone talk me into it or out of it?
  20. From recommendations on this site and Home Barista amongst others I got interested in Londinium Espresso for their beans and also because I found out that Reiss ("Mr Londinium") is a lever machine fan and - no less important - has now become the UK distributor for Olympia Cremina lever machines (as well as their grinder and Maximatic heat exchanger pump machine). Having been very impressed with Londinium's roasting, which is not only nice and light - letting more of the character of the bean and where it's grown to come through - but also very consistent, I agreed to have a demo of the Cr
  21. Hello from a long term lurker - a positive side-effect of being stuck at home is I’ve dragged the La Pavoni out from under the stairs and given my whole setup a spruce up! 2 weeks ago I built this coffee bench which sits in the dead space above our kitchen bins - a big upgrade from trying to steal some counter space. The shelves on the right were my project for this weekend - really chuffed how they turned out. Unfortunately the ply wasn’t great quality so the finish isn’t fantastic, but it’s what I had to hand. Feel like I’ve brought some order to the chaos. Putting the tamper
  22. The last bit arrived in the post this week so it seemed like a good time to put this up here. I bought a used Europiccola millennium from @coffeechap in November, it was in great condition. Really a whim as I was pretty curious about how it would compare to my pump machine. It’s been great so far and I’ve finished kitting it out to make it a bit more flash looking... The coffees are shorter and more ristretto like than I’m used to, I’ve quite liked the difference really in terms of being more punchy and syrupy. Once I got the new steam tip on it was pretty good and more powerful than
  23. Heya... was wondering if anyone had a spare naked portafilter for the millenium (51mm) pavoni? I only just acquired a machine, otherwise I would have jumped on the one which sold 2 weeks back. I'll be willing to offer the same £35 + 3 postage Thanks!
  24. I don't know if anybody else struggles with this but I found it nearly impossible without risking breaking the clips or scratching the plastic or chrome with a screwdriver. I tried some cocktail sticks at first, jamming one in the gap then another behind it to unclip the cover and it worked for the top clip but there wasn't enough room to get at the lower clip. Then I remembered some old plastic membership cards (like credit cards but thinner) and wondered if I could do something with them, and amazingly the answer is yes.. By carefully pulling the unclipped part out slightly, push the co
  25. Here's my La Pav pro, owned it since August last year. The previous owner bought it new from Raimondi in Italy back in 2003. He said it was used when he lived out there but then sat in a cupboard for quite a few years since moving back to the UK. It's in great condition with no rust or bubbling under the drip tray. The group and piston seals were changed a few months ago so should be good for a while yet. I've added some walnut handles and a copper heat sink which seems to help. I can remove it if the buyer wanted a traditional look. There's a single hole steam tip and a clear silicone hose
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