The LP Esperto Abile was ordered on 02/02/2021, shipment was delayed likely to COVID19 related manufacturing and shipping issues, and arrived safely intact to me on 03/10/2021. With inspection all was satisfactory. Thank you Majesty Coffee.
The Esperto was preped for use on 03/18/2021. Even after following the LP manual recommendations for boiler cleaning, it was still necessary to reclean the boiler three more times to eliminate the manufacturing residue metallic taste. After the final cleaning and final refilling with BWT cation resin exchange
treated water with a clean, clear taste was delivered through the group head.
Then the process of dialing in my grinder and finding the appropriate fine grind level began. After several attempts at dialing in the grinder, an appropriately fine grind level was achieved, after which the learning process of "pulling" a decent shot began.
Understanding that this is an analog machine requiring much more user input compared to an E61 semi-automatic espresso machine, there was a fair bit of experimentation needed to learn how to use the lever for decent espressos. Over time, and paying attention to brew head temperatures, my shots have gradually been improving and have transitioned from "drinkable" to actually quite good, satisfying even.
The Esperto, probably like most manual lever La Pavonis, is an engaging machine requiring acceptance of patience in the learning curve. The result, as skill levels rise, is simply great tasting espresso with the satisfaction of having done it yourself. So, in conclusion, I'm enjoying my La Pavoni learning adventure and the enjoyable proof is in the cup.
Just understand that an LP takes work to learn, but the effort is worth it. Consider it a fun fundamental example of the analog 1950-1960's meeting the current digital age, and analog wins, delivering wide smiles in the process..