Manual Espresso Machine Reviews

By on 2014
manual espresso machine

The love for our favorite brew is something that all coffee lovers share but each one gets their caffeine fix differently. Some prefer it straight while some prefer lattes and macchiatos. All these coffee beverages rely on the espresso as its basic unit and while some go to the fast-paced world of automatic espresso machines, there is still an increasing minority of people who want to do it old school.

From the desire to manually prepare espressos of this small but dedicated band of coffee connoisseurs comes the need for manual espresso machines. While most of these only have the basic accompaniments, it puts the coffee lover right where his passion is.

Manual espresso machines are basically lever machines that allow better extraction of coffee by the infusion of hot pressurized steam. The usual process is that the water inside reaches the proper temperature and mixes with colder water that “wets” the coffee grounds while increasing the heat and pressure. The adequate temperature and proper pressure allows the coffee grounds to be fully extracted. This special process makes for a truly flavorful espresso.
 

ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker

ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker

4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)

Coffee lovers just crave for the rich aroma and flavor that only a finely prepared espresso can possibly deliver. The espresso is the basic unit of a lot of coffee beverages and having one for your self is quite a blessing. Most espresso makers however are prohibitively expensive and are big bulky contraptions that would take up so much space. Those days are quite gone since the introduction of the Presso ROK.

The ROK’s beginnings started in 2002 with the interesting goal of being able to craft a fine espresso maker that is completely manually-operated. The manual espresso machine uses no electricity! It was first introduced into the market in 2004 as the Presso. Years and years of development and revisions produced a better product that was reintroduced as the ROK. The Presso ROK is created to cater to fans of espresso coffee and traditionalists

The Presso ROK is constructed of metal for engine manufacturing which makes for one solidly-built piece of equipment. It is so solid in fact that the manufacturer guarantees the unit for 10 years. The unit is also capable of preparing more than espresso thanks to the included stainless steel frother which serves as the perfect companion in making lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos. The ROK is delivered packaged in a storage tin with a complete set of accessories that includes a tamper, measuring spoon and a detachable double-shot spout. The ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker is a very classy addition in your kitchen.
 

La Pavoni PPG-16 Professional 16-Cup Espresso Machine

La Pavoni PPG-16 Professional 16-Cup Espresso Machine

5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)

Milan in Italy has been a birthplace for one of the most important figures in coffee culture namely La Pavoni. The company started in the early 1900’s and has since become one of the hard-driving forces in the development of espresso makers. Though the firm already manufactures large-scale industrial coffee makers it still keeps its foot to the ground and still caters to coffee connoisseurs with the continued development of its manual espresso machines one of which is the La Pavoni PPG-16 Professional 16-Cup Espresso Machine, Brass.

This manual espresso machine sports a nickel-plated brass 38 oz. boiler mechanism and is among the ones with a large capacity as the unit is capable of producing sixteen 2oz. cups of delicious and flavorful espresso. It also sports a Dual Frothing System to steam milk which is utterly perfect for preparing lattes and the like. There’s also a varying brewing capacity that allows you to choose between making 1 or 2 espresso cups per extraction. The unit allows you to see what’s actually going on thanks to the internal thermostat and pressure gauge for better control and brewing.

The La Pavoni PPG-16 Professional 16-Cup Espresso Machine, Brass is a fine example of a manual espresso machine which features a large capacity, exquisite construction, classy looks and the promise of flavorful espresso.
 

La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine

La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Fans of coffee culture are quite a picky bunch and are really immersed in this passion. Nothing brings a coffee lover closer to his/her passion than actually making a cup of his/her favorite coffee beverage. Some are fairly content with their drip coffee makers but there a few who would like to be able to prepare espressos or espresso-based beverages at comfort of their own homes. While advanced espresso makers can be complicated and expensive, another option is the use of manual espresso machines such as the La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine, Chrome.

The La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine is a professional-style machine which is just perfect for use in households. The unit utilizes an easy to operate lever and piston operation that has the capacity to prepare up to sixteen 2 oz. cups of delicious espresso. The internal thermostat controls the brewing temperature for maximum extraction. Another important feature is the presence of a steaming mechanism for use with milk in preparing other coffee beverages such as cappuccinos, lattes and others. This milk wand is integral in frothing milk for a lot of different beverages thanks to the 38 oz boiler capacity. The unit’s lever-based operation leaves you in control of your espresso’s flavor.

This Italian-made manual espresso machine is designed in a very professional manner and has a very attractive-looking chrome base. All quality parts such as stainless steel heating elements, solid brass boilers, water gauges and safety valves assure you of the La Pavoni PC-16 Professional Espresso Machine’s durability.
 

La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Lever Style Espresso Machine

La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Lever Style Espresso Machine

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Whatever your favorite coffee beverage is, chances are that you need a really nice espresso shot to kick start it. Whether you are going for a latte, a macchiato, a cappuccino or some other variation you first need that espresso shot. Having this available in the comfort of your own home can prove to be an expensive venture or one that requires a huge chunk of kitchen space. This however is not the case with manual espresso machines such as the La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Lever Style Espresso Machine, Chrome.

La Pavoni has very strong ties with coffee culture and has been making espresso makers since the early 1900’s. Years have passed and the company has developed different technologies including large-scale coffee machines. The company still caters to the few traditionalists out there with their support for manual espresso machine technologies including the stylish La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Lever Style Espresso Machine. This has a smaller eight 2 oz. cup capacity than the other La Pavoni models making it ideal for use at our homes. Its steam pressure and lever operation allows you to control your extraction while the unit’s thermostat maintains the ideal temperature so that the unit produces flavorful espressos each and every time. The unit also has a steam wand for frothing milk for preparing various types of coffee beverages.

This La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Lever Style Espresso Machine, Chrome sports a strong all-steel chrome plated construction and comes with various accessories including a tamper, a screen, a screen holder, a measuring ladle and a cappuccino attachment. The unit even comes with an instructional video for newbies out there. It is a perfect addition to anyone’s home.
 

Conclusion

 
Manual espresso makers are truly fascinating machines. They taket you very close to the coffee making process. The prices and quality of the machines vary, but the ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker gets the top choise with its price and durability. The machine is crafted to be virtually indestructible and it makes great coffee. After a few tries, it is very easy to master good quality espresso with a lot of crema. Presso has recently made several improvements to improve the durability and quality of the ROK Presso even further.
 


 
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