With more chrome than a tricked-out Maserati, the La Pavoni Stradivari PSC 16 looks like a work of art and performs like a finely-tuned race car. The results will win you adoring fans who follow your trials and triumphs in pursuit of the perfect espresso shot. After a few warm up laps, the La Pavoni Stradivari PSC 16 is ready to go toe to toe with any manual machine out there, pulling up to sixteen espresso shots before the finish line. The proof is in the espresso shot glass, La Pavoni is a winner!
Features & Functionality of the La Pavoni Stradivari Works
- Professional-Grade Boiler: With a 38-ounce capacity, you can make up to sixteen two-ounce cups of espresso.
- Dual Frothing System: Use the manual wand or automatic frothing adapter to steam your milk.
- Recessed Switches: Both the power switch and button are recessed for a streamlined look.
- Triple Chrome Plated: Heavy duty chrome plating makes for beautiful, functional design.
- Solid Brass Boiler: The nickel-plated solid brass boiler provides improved temperature regulation.
|Cup Clearance||2.5 inches|
|Boiler Volume||54 oz|
|Reservoir Size||54 oz|
|Steam Wand Type||Traditional Only|
|Warm Up: Brew Time||5 minutes|
|Warm Up: Steam Time||15 minutes|
|Boiler Design||Single Boiler|
|Pod Friendly||Yes - without adaptation|
|Water Sources||Reservoir/Internal Tank|
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Warranty Information for the La Pavoni Stradivari
|What it Covers:||
La Pavoni espresso machines
|Who Supports the Warranty:||European Gift|
|Warranty Contact Information:||914-664-3448|
|Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty?||No|
|Can SCG Repair?||Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.|
Caring for the La Pavoni Stradivari
- Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
- Wash all removable components with soap and water on a regular basis (many are not dishwasher safe).
- Clean steam wand with damp rag immediately after use.
- Clean brewhead weekly with group head brush.
User Manual for La Pavoni Stradivari
Videos Featuring La Pavoni Espresso Machines
18 Month Follow-upReview by George
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We have used this machine daily for a year and a half, and at his point have an affection for it usually reserved for pets. We are pretty much too spoiled to drink shop-brewed coffee. We use Velton's Bonsai Blend ground in a Capresso conical burr grinder set on the coarsest of the "fine" settings. For quick warm-ups, I now like to immerse the filter head in a cup of hot water and lift the lever for a few seconds, and run hot water through the filter itself. We have an instant hot water dispenser, so doing so is very convenient.
I bought this machine thinking it would be simple and sturdy enough to be practically indestructible, or at least maintainable indefinitely. So far, so good. Here are some nit-picky criticisms:
-Auto-frother position allows drips to fall outside of catch-pan. Wipe up has dulled chrome base finish over time. In a do-over, I'd buy the black base version instead. La Pavoni should consider offering a re-desinged base with an oval drip basin that catches drips from the frother.
-Auto-frother needs water run through it after each use and monthly clean-out with vinegar water. For daily use, we still prefer the auto-frother to the traditional wand attachment despite the additional maintenance it requires.
-Pressure gauge allowed over-pressure on one occasion, handled well by the relief valve. Problem was transient and has not recurred.
I fully expect to pass this machine on to my grandkids in 30 years or so.
Compact quiet robust, Great Taste
(Posted on 6/20/11)
Very Satisfied So FarReview by George
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After two weeks' use, I've found this machine easy to use. I appreciate its steamship-era aesthetics and durability, silent operation and small footprint. The larger tank capacity does not affect warm-up time but allows me to serve 8 without refilling. Some pointers that may be useful:
-Steam pressure drives water into the filter and pump assembly when you lift the pump lever. Lift the lever and PAUSE a few seconds, until a drop or two of coffee drips from the filter holder. Then push the lever to express over a few seconds. This insures that the puck is saturated and yet expression occurs in less than 20 seconds so the bitter is left behind. Try doing that with a pump machine!
-Expression becomes hard work when the grind is too fine OR the puck is over-compressed--mainly the latter in my experience.
-Pre-warm the filter holder and pump by putting a shot through with no coffee to start. If you tamp your coffee into a cold filter, the metal will expand when it warms, allowing water to flow around rather than through the puck. Methinks this is the source of the "first-shot-is-wasted" comments others have made.
-Velton's Bonsai Blend rules!
Easy To Use, Quiet, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Designed for easy repair, Easy To Clean, Large Water Container
(Posted on 9/13/10)