La Pavoni PUB 1EM-R Review

La Pavoni PUB 1EM-R-1Another La Pavoni machine, Desiderio Pavoni’s company has done it once again. Desiderio established La Pavoni in 1905, being one of the first in the espresso field to create such machines.

A beautifully put together, simplistic machine that delivers a fresh product for myself and customers. I couldn’t be happier with this product and the features, which include:

La Pavoni PUB 1EM-R Features

Pour-in reservoir – French Presses are a thing of the past. Hop on the modern bandwagon of a pour-in reservoir, which delivers a fresher taste as there is more flavor in the finished product.

Fully portable – My sister is a co-founding caterer for a small business, and I’ve let her use this machine multiple times as her menu calls for espresso. It’s not bulky nor tall and is less than 80 pounds. The weight might scare you, but weight until you hear how many cups it produces per day!

150 cups per day – Yes, you read that right. This small machine that measures 21 inches by 15 inches by 22 inches is capable of producing up to 150 full cups per day – not shots, CUPS. For a small business that caters, this is a fantastic amount, especially for the price.

6.5-liter boiler – For a portable machine, this 6.5-liter boiler does just fine. This may serve as a disadvantage since it’s not a 14L or 12L as many have, but those aren’t portable, either. A non-commercial espresso machine wouldn’t suffice either, so this is a fantastic happy medium.


My sisters La Pavoni PUB 1EM-R

The voltage for this Italian masterpiece is between 110 and 120, with 1500-watt, for those interested in the electrical features of this pint-sized (not literally) product. Although it’s a one-group machine, the low voltage and wattage to me, is impressive. With a 13Amp output, this machine can deliver 16 fl. Oz. within a few seconds.

There will never be a time where the boiler doesn’t have a consistent flow of water thanks to the independent radiator hydraulic system! There is also an anti-vacuum valve feature on this machine to eliminate the possibility of liquids coming back from the steam wand. In return, this anti-vacuum valve also relieves any unwanted stress and vacuum-like conditions in the tank. You won’t see any damaging conditions or collapsing with this la Pavoni PUB commercial espresso machine!

close up of my sisters La Pavoni PUB 1EM-R
close up of my sisters La Pavoni PUB 1EM-R

Weighing only 65 pounds, this La Pavoni machine is entirely portable and easy to bring to various small catered events where espresso is on the menu. Even though the capacity is low, the product output is rather quick and very consistent. Lastly, to improve consistency, there is a double portafilter implemented within this commercial espresso machine. If you’re unaware, a portafilter is also known as a group handle and attaches to the group head. Installed primarily in semi-automatic and piston-driven commercial espresso machines (and non-commercial), a portafilter carries coffee grounds within the coffee basket.

It’s worth mentioning La Pavoni has 2 coffee baskets, despite it’s one group head only capability. A portafilter is usually made out of a material that retains heat better, such as brass, but is attached by a different, non-heat retaining piece like plastic or wood.


Besides the liter boiler size and 1 group head capability, if I owned a catering business like my sister, I would purchase one of these for each of my catering teams, to have multiple machines ready for smaller events. I do, however, have one of each of these in my various breakfast/coffee shop locations. I consider this a standard, staple piece and often use this on Sundays, when things aren’t crazy busy at the restaurants. I highly recommend this machine for smaller businesses to medium sized businesses on the lower end of the spectrum.

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