La Pavoni created the first espresso machine for home use, and their expertise remains unparalleled. The Professional Lusso, first released in 1977, is an icon of modern design, and the mechanisms have remained virtually unchanged since because it lets you pull truly divine shots of espresso. The word ‘pull’ is literal here: The lever mechanism provides the pressure needed to extract coffee, and how you pull—as well as the size, dose and freshness of the coffee grounds—are variables you can calibrate to make espresso to your taste. The process is simple: Turn the machine on, prepare coffee in the portafilter, attach, lift, and pull down. But it takes some practice to get right, which is why we put together this comprehensive guide. It’s 100% worth the effort, because this machine lasts forever.
This Professional Lusso comes with wooden handles that stay cool as the machine heats, a drip tray with a metal cover, as well as a sight glass that lets you keep an eye on the amount of water in the tank, so you know when to refill it. A pressure gauge over the tank lets you know when it’s time to start brewing, and a steam wand lets you release ‘false’ pressure and foam milk. Includes:
- Wood-handled portafilter
- Single and double dose filter baskets (interchangeable in the portafilter)
- Coffee scoop
- Additional steam wand for cappuccino attachment
Why we love it
'La Pavoni lever machines are what baristas use at home. Some call it the “weekend espresso” machine. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a joy to use (on weekends and weekdays), because it gives you total control over the extraction process, so you can taste all those complex flavours with great clarity. It’s a vehicle for both creativity and relaxation, which turns out perfect espresso or espresso-based drinks, entirely on your own terms.'
Specifications & Care
|Capacity||1.6L (16 brewed espressos)|
|Country of Origin||Italy|
|Dimensions||W 20cm X D 29cm X H 32cm|
|Material||Stainless steel, brass, wood|
About The Brand
La Pavoni, a titan in the coffee world, manufactured the first espresso machine in 1905, and went on to create the first espresso machine for home use in 1961. Since the very beginning, they have operated out of the same factory in Milan, which survived both World Wars. Every machine is hand-assembled with generational knowledge and scientific precision, and the mechanisms have remained virtually unchanged for over 50 years. Every part is easily replaceable, making their extremely durable machines able to last forever.Shop La Pavoni