La Pavoni BAR-T 2V-B Review

La Pavoni BAR-T 2V-BLa Pavoni was established in Milan, Italy in 1905. Created in a small workshop by Desiderio Pavoni at Via Parini, they are an international frontrunner for espresso machines. Their machines go far beyond their function, presenting elegantly beautiful machines regarding aesthetics. Since the 1980’s, they have been experimenting and creating panels in a thermos to improve their espresso machines further.

Fun fact: Did you know that the first espresso machine for a bar was named “Ideale”? In Italian, this apparently means, “ideal” in English, and I can’t help to think that it was because the machine was creating the ideal drink in the most convenient way possible (at that time). Let’s dive deeper into the La Pavoni machine.

The capabilities of La Pavoni are impressive considering its size. The BAR-T 2V-B measures 27.5 inches by 20 inches by 20.5. It’s rather small, but has a lot of features including:

  •       Water softener
  •       Internal electro-pump
  •       Two flexible stream jets
  •       Hot water tap

Having an electric pump takes the manual use out of this machine. In return, you don’t have to wait extended periods of time and actually have a quick product output. I highly enjoyed this aspect of the machine as I’ve dealt with electro pumps that were slow, causing me to prefer manual over automatic/electronic. However, the La Pavoni is one that I enjoyed highly. For this machine, the pump is internal, but you can request an external installation from the company.

The BAR-T 2V-B has a ton of features elsewhere like the separate solenoids, which allows different people to use the machine at the same time for different drinks. You don’t have to wait until one specific drink is done before you can begin using. For safety, there is also an anti-vacuum valve installed. An anti-vacuum valve allows the unit to relieve any unwanted suction or vacuum conditions. In doing so, this prevents the machine or cylinder inside from collapsing due to the pressure. For specific machines, an anti-vacuum valve can also be a benefit for minimizing condensation.

Another feature includes the double scale gauge, which allows you to simultaneously monitor the pump and boiler pressure control. The La Pavoni may seem intimidating, but knowing these tidbits beforehand will allow you to successfully operate the machine. Now that you’re aware of the features that make the espresso machine function well, it’s time to talk about how one of these features aids in the purity and taste of the finished product.

A pro and a con in itself, the water softener is fantastic for taking hard water and making it purer. There are so many minerals that are fed into our natural water resources every day that it profoundly affects the taste of espresso if not softened. The water softener is also a con because the warranty of the entire device depends entirely on the installation. If you do not install the water softener, the warranty is automatically void.

I’ve been lead to believe that this is because impure, and hard water can cause issues inside the espresso machine, but further research is needed. After dealing with machines with non-water softeners for years, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that it affects not only the taste of the product but the overall health of the machine. The taste of the product post-water softening was fantastic and made me love my product. If you don’t enjoy what you produce and what you do, then you have the wrong tools of the trade.

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