La Pavoni PG-16 Romantica 16-Cup Espresso Machine, Brass

La Pavoni PG-16 Romantica 16-Cup Espresso Machine, Brass

Make coffee like a true barista, "pulling" an espresso with a lever instead of punching a button and relying on an automatic pump's whims. By forcing water through the coffee yourself, using the lever to precisely control speed, you get the full flavor and thick cap of crema that are the hallmarks of a perfect espresso. It's got a pressure gauge and burnished brass housing, polished wood handles, and a steam-control knob, this machine looks like it's from the 19th century, but it operates with 21st-century reliability. "Pulling an espresso the old-fashioned way is enormously gratifying, and the video that accompanies this machine will teach anyone the skills needed to become a true barista. This machine will look gorgeous in your kitchen and is sure to please even your most gastronomically correct friends." --Fred Brack