La Pavoni Europiccola – some tips and a word of caution…

If, as I did, you order your machine from Caffé Italia, in Italy (they have a UK base – why don’t they keep stock there?), when you unpack it you’ll find about a zillion pieces of chopped expanded polystyrene in the outer carton (none of which, bizarrely, protects the inner carton, containing the machine, from impact. Go figure. Delivery, by the way, took 3 days – I’ve had many UK deliveries that took longer and cost more.

I also found it had a Continue reading

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Problems with My Espresso Ltd – Update…

Got my money back – the refund appeared in my account this morning – and they went right down to the wire with it.

However, if you have similar problems, be aware that I’ve been told by Consumer Direct (the organisation that’s been inserted as a buffer between the public and Trading Standards) – and hey, you’ll just love this – you can Continue reading

Manual espresso machine musings…

I’ve decided to buy myself a lever-operated, entirely manual, espresso machine, not least because I’ve had, and continue to have, a really shitty time lately and, hell, I deserve to be cheered up.This is the tale of that machine, and a warning. . .

Note: On an espresso machine, the “group” is the part where the coffee is brewed. The “group head” is that part which is fixed to the machine. The removable part is the “portafilter” (Italian, porta filtro – filter carrier), and, naturally enough, it contains the filter. Now, on with the show… Continue reading