100 YEARS OF THE HISTORY, CULTURE AND DESIGN OF ESPRESSO MACHINES
50 years old and still looking good!
Enchanted by La Pavoni’s lever machines, I started collecting them in 2007, although the only references I could find to help my initial work were some (or better, only very few) pictures found on the La Pavoni website.
My attention was caught by a photo, probably used for sales purposes, which had a few details my machines didn’t.
There was the light-coloured logo on the front, for example, and the Made in Italy plate on the side which I’d never seen before, and indeed I doubted whether this version had actually ever been sold.
I lived with this doubt for a few years and bought many machines, some of which had been manufactured when production began in, as the company declared, July 1961. However, they all had the classic La Pavoni logo and red background.
This continued until a couple of years ago when I was trailing through ebay and suddenly had a vision. The unknown, long-awaited machine finally appeared before me! I fell in love with it hook, line and sinker and bought it immediately of course - only the cup was missing.
A real gem of a machine, sporting refined details which would be lost over the years. What do you think of the red inserts? Look at them carefully now because you’re never going to see them again!
And the ivory coloured logo? Couldn’t find it anywhere!
But the surprises don’t stop here - hold tight.
Here’s a piece which is even rarer than the previous one: a 1959 Co-Fer branded machine - produced a good two years before the Europiccola, but identical in all respects.
Or perhaps it would be better to say that the Europiccola is identical to the Co-Fer.....?
See below if in doubt. However, I’m not going to say which is the La Pavoni and which is the Co-Fer.
But if you think this is just a coincidence, here’s a 1959 Caferina, too.
And finally, let’s close with some special effects…