Ever since the beginning of the 20th century, there has been a name which circulates the coffee world – that of La Pavoni. The founder of the company is the person who bought the steam-made espresso, actually. He started by making espresso machines in his workshop in Milan, and a hundred years later his offspring is bigger than ever. The Napolitana is an excellent machine which is ideal for coffee shops but isn’t the best option if you just want to get a household machine. In those cases, we recommend either the Delonghi EC685M DEDICA or the Gaggia Classic espresso machines. They are much quieter and have a far smaller footprint. Not to mention they carry half the price tag with the same output quality.
If you want to see how the Napolitana handles among the competition, check our Buyer’s Guide, where we ranked the top 5 espresso machines on the current market.
Features That Make La Pavoni PA-1200 Napolitana Stand Out
Right off the bat, we should mention that, although advertised as a fully-automatic model, the La Pavoni Napolitana is actually a semi-automated one. Yes, it does the grinding for you, but you have to take the ground beans and finish making the espresso the usual way.
Speaking of grinding, it’s grinder is a conical burr grinder which is perhaps the best type of grinder you want to have on your machine. It is consistent and creates a nice espresso powder, without overheating the beans too much (which can alter their flavor).
The whole body of this model is made out of stainless steel, which is an extremely rare trait on today’s market. That by itself is a great selling point, but we got a few more features for you. The boiler is made out of marine grade brass, thus providing the proper brewing conditions for a tasty cup of espresso.
Another great thing about this model is that it requires little to no prior experience in order to use it. At the front, there are only four buttons, which are a power button, an espresso brewing button, one button which heats to steam temperatures, and one last one which is actually a know that opens the steam valve. Grinding coffee happens automatically when you place the portafilter below the grinder. That triggers a micro-switch and the grinder turns on. Once you take the portafilter away, the grinder stops. The only bad thing about this whole grinding business is how noisy it is. This is why we think that the La Pavoni Napolitana is perfect for coffee shops, but not so great for home use. If the coffee doesn’t wake you up, the sound from the grinder will.
The frothing process here is simple due to the chrome attachment on the steam wand (which is rather short in our opinion). This part helps frothing by drawing more air into the milk through its breather holes. Add a good frothing pitcher and things become even better!
Lastly, the warranty period here is one year, but its voided if you use the machine for commercial use, towards which we recommend. From our experience, the espresso machines coming from this company are sturdy enough to withstand constant daily pressure for years.