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My La Pavoni Profesional lever espresso machine right now is carefully packed away in a box. I'm thinking of putting this machine on Ebay because simply it is not being used enough and quiet frankly, I do not have the counter space to put it. Furthermore, I'm in the process of moving to a new house and would appreciate and shread in weight when I'm moving.
However, don't get me wrong, the La Pavoni is a very good machine and capable of producing phenomenal result. Countrary to many enthusiasts' belief that the direct lever like the Pavoni is finicky, I have developed a routine that if I follow correctly would produce excellent espresso from the Pavoni everytime. An obvious problem with the Pavoni Lever such as the Professional is that the first shot is cold and the second shot is just right but the subsequent shot would be overheated.
A breakthrough that I had with the Pavoni was installing a liquid crystal thermometer strip on the group head. The point was not to know the exact temperature but to have a reference point of when the group head is overheated and require nescesary cooling. After that, it was a breeze to produce thick and delicious espresso, almost every time. However, having said that, the Pavoni is still quite impractical for making drinks for more than one person (for example if you have guests coming over or you have more than one coffee drinker in your house). Pavoni would produce one exceptional shot but after that the quality of espresso deteriate exponentially even with cooling methods.
Therefore, I have decide that I need to say good bye to the Pavoni and hope that it will find a good home. In the next week or so, I will be taking it out of the box, and take photo and video demonstration of it for the purpose of selling it on Ebay.