La Pavoni is known for their stunning range of lever espresso machines, but they also make semi-automatic machines as well. The highly durable brass core is coated with brilliant chrome; it’s an iconic look that would add a touch of Milanese class to any coffee shop.
The Bar T is specially designed to maintain thermal stability, ensuring that only water at the perfect temperature ever touches the beans. Its anti-vacuum valve stops milk getting sucked up inside the frothing wand too, so no chance of clogs and no need to flush it after every use.
With the same hand pump lever as the Elektra Micro Casa a Leva, the La Pavoni PB-16 pulls an amazing shot with almost no noise.
The 1100W heating element prepares up to 38 oz of water so you can quickly make up to 16 double shot servings or 32 single shot servings without refilling.
Like cappuccinos and lattes?
The La Pavoni PB-16 integrated steam wand has you covered:
- Experienced baristas can use the manual frothing wand as designed
- Novices can use the automatic frother attachment to get simple, easy foam
Note that this automatic frothing attachment is a something the other two copper espresso machines on this list do not have.
- Adjustable exit nozzles accommodates larger cups
- Simple to use with consistent result
- Great milk frother
- Comes with water hardness test strips and adjustable setting for your water’s hardness
- Adjustable exit nozzle doesn’t accommodate short demitasse cups
- Doesn’t come with a water filter
- Plastic exterior
Saeco is a great brand with high-quality products, and I doubt you’ll be disappointed owning one of their premium super-automatic models.
What do I love about this machine?
(Aside from the fact it’s a Saeco.)
The LCD screen is a great feature. You also get the water hardness setting unique to the Saecos on this list. The compact brew group is also removable for easy cleaning.
On the downside, this machine is not made with stainless steel. Instead it has a plastic exterior.
Aside from the couple other cons noted below, there aren’t many negatives I have to say about this machine.