La Pavoni Professional Manual Espresso Machine - Chrome Base - PC-16

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Artistry in motion! La Pavoni Professional Manual Espresso Machine PC-16 in the all chrome configuration combines classic industrial lines with maximum manual output. Some things in life continue to be seeing a yeti, golfing a perfect game, or pulling the perfect shot. Take a step closer to espresso perfection with La Pavoni Professional PC-16 capable of creating up to 16 mind-blowing shots thanks to the large 38 ounce boiler. Contemplate the mysteries of life while you sip one of the best shots you'll ever pull.

Features & Functionality of the La Pavoni Professional PC-16

  • Large Boiler: Pull up to sixteen 2 ounce cups of espresso with the 38 ounce boiler.
  • Dual Frothing System: Use the manual wand or automatic frothing adapter to steam your milk.
  • Internal Thermostat and Mounted Pressure Gauge: Easily monitor and control pressure with the internal thermostat and mounted pressure gauge.
  • Varying Brewing Capacity: You can select to make one or two shots at a time.
  • Nickel Plated Boiler: The nickel plated solid brass boiler provides improved temperature regulation.
  • Exceptional Espresso - You'll love the shots you pull from this machine possibly more than you have loved any other.
  • Large Boiler - The 38 ounce boiler will give you the ability to pull up to 16 two ounce shots of espresso --great for parties.
  • Small Footprint - Maximize your counter top space with the PC-16's small size.
  • Temperamental - Users report this espresso machine can be a bit on the temperamental side, requiring a high level of maintenance and care.
  • Slow to Warm Up - If you're in a rush, this machine takes more time than perhaps you'd like to get up to steaming temperature. The manufacturer says five minutes, but we've heard reports of up to 15 minutes.


Model Number PC-16
Manufacturer La Pavoni
Width 7.5 inches
Depth 10.25 inches
Height 13.0 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 14.0000
Watts 1000W
Volts 110V
Volume (Decibles) No
Boiler Material Brass/Copper
Cup Clearance 2.5 inches
Boiler Volume 38 oz
Reservoir Size 38 oz
Portafilter Size No
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 15 minutes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Material Chrome


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Hi, what is the best budget grinder to go with the Pavoni? Thanks
Sandy W on Nov 26, 2014
Best Answer: You will definitely need a grinder that provides a consistent grind, and enough settings to choose from in the espresso range. Please keep in mind that the machine will take practice, patience, and time to find the right setting, and can be difficult to master. Generally, a burr grinder in the $300 and up range will provide a consistent grind, so something like the Baratza Preciso, Rancilio Rocky, or Nuova Simonelli Grinta would be some grinders at a bare minimum to match with the machine. From there, you could choose a higher end grinder that will provide more steps or even stepless, to provide ultimate control over the setting that you choose.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Nov 28, 2014
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What is height when lever is in up position?
Robert G on Apr 19, 2014
Best Answer: In the "rest" position the top of the machine is the fill knob at 12-1/2 inches; the lever handle, however, raises to 19-3/8 inches in order to fill the group-head, nothing less will suffice. The lever's high point is about 11-1/2 inches forward of the center-line of the fill knob. I hope this clears for you because it's a hell of'a machine.

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Of all the manual espresso machines La Pavoni makes, which might you recommend for home use? One or two people, not for parties. I'm thinking trhat I will still need a 16.
A shopper on Feb 23, 2017
Best Answer: Depends, how many drinks would you be consuming a day? If it's only 3-4 shots a day the 8 will be just fine. However, I'd recommend a professional simply because of the built-in pressure gauge.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Feb 27, 2017
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Looking for a high end manual expresso machine that can be plumbed for water into our new kitchen remodel?
A shopper on Mar 17, 2015
Best Answer: None of our La Pavoni manual espresso machines are plumbable.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Mar 28, 2015
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which grinder would you recommend to give the best grind
with the La Pavoni manual espresso machine?
Bumdadeebum D on Feb 20, 2015
Best Answer: You will definitely be needing a grinder with consistency and many settings to choose from within an espresso range. At a bare minimum, I would suggest looking at grinders around the $300 and up range. Something like the Baratza Preciso or the Nuova Simonelli Grinta will provide the range and consistency that you need. If you'd like some programmable settings/dosage, then the Baratza Vario would work, or if you're looking to move to a stepless grinder where you can fine-tune as much as you'd like, then the Compak K3 One Touch or the Mazzer Mini would be good choices.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 22, 2015
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What is the size of the filterbasket? Is it the newer 51 mm?
A shopper on Dec 4, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, it depends on when the machine was manufactured. All of the La Pavonis that we carry will have the larger, current size of 51mm. La Pavonis manufactured prior to 2000 will have the smaller, 49mm size.
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great machine, but requires commitmentReview by Massi
I love my Pavoni, but it took me a long time to be able to produce consistently excellent espresso and cappuccino. If I have good, freshly roasted beans, my coffee is at least as good as the best cafes in Italy (or anywhere). Really. But it took hundreds of espressos to get to that point, and I also have an excellent grinder. I also find that a lot of beans produce really terrible, undrinkable coffee. If you have a lot of patience and are the kind of person who likes to tinker and experiment and do everything manually, this might be the machine for you--the fact that you are manually exerting the pressure on the coffee in the portafilter means that you have a lot of control and get a lot of feedback. As soon as I start pulling the lever, I can tell how fresh the coffee is. I also replaced the steam wand tip with a third-party tip with a single hole, which enables me to produce excellent microfoam. (Posted on 10/24/2017)
Greatest machine everReview by Joe mama
I have had this machine for just over 3 years now, and still love it. It took me a couple of weeks in refining technique, but love my morning ritual. It takes about 6 minutes to heat boiler from cold to ready to go. I live in Oregon and the down side is if you did need any sort or repair you are sc_ _ _ ed. Just expect that the machine is going to be gone for weeks up to a month.
I love my machine, just hoping to never have a problem. (Posted on 11/22/2014)
great espressoReview by somewhereinla
I have 20 years experience with making espresso. I have an E61 Izzo Alex, the La Pavoni is a second machine. The La Pavonie is a great machine and has been very consistent with producing great espresso shots but it is a very unforgiving machine. the grind must be perfect and very fine, so to get good results you will need to invest in a very good espresso optimized grinder — think Mazzer or a Rancilio Rocky if you are on a budget... I have a Baratza Vario and I can't get a fine enough grind that's consistent, a problem I don't have with my E-61. The setting on my Vario is at it's finest setting and I wish I could go a little finer... I gave it 4 stars because steaming milk and get micro foam for cappuccinos is not really possible in my experience so far. (Posted on 5/27/2014)
A Legend for good reasonReview by Pontiac
I have had my Pavoni since 1990. It has been around the world with me and has performed faultlessly for over 23 years. The keys are to use fresh beans ( in Seattle I prefer Middle Forks' Full City Espresso) a good burr grinder and never use ultra- pasteurized milk. This beautiful machina is a bargain at twice the price and with a little practice you will make perfect espresso and lattes for a lifetime. (Posted on 2/28/2014)
Espresso successReview by CK loves her coffee
This is our first experience with a home espresso machine, and we are very happy! It is a lovely presence in our kitchen, all shiny and mechanical looking, and the shots we have made are delicious! It does take a bit of time to heat up the boiler, but once this is accepted, no big deal. We have received many compliments from family and friends, and we LOVE our machine! Steaming the milk is a bit challenging, but practice has improved our frothy lattes. A bit pricy, yes, but the machine should last several lifetimes!

CK, Redmond, WA

Great Taste, Large Water Container

Hard To Clean (Posted on 9/28/2011)

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Warranty Information for the La Pavoni Professional PC-16

What it Covers: La Pavoni espresso machines

Length: 1 Year

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 repair services

Caring for the La Pavoni Professional PC-16

  • 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 cloth immediately after use.
  • Clean brew head with group head brush.

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