By: Alicia Walters     Revised by: Mark Cambell    Last updated: Jan 16, 2024

This machine's vintage good looks and nimble size disguise a powerhouse capable of transcendent shots.

Weighing just 17 pounds, the EPC-8 is lightweight enough to move between spaces yet built like a tank with its sturdy brass and steel construction. Simple setup requires just a water line and power cord. Its 1500W thermoblock heats up rapidly for consistent temperature control.

Where the Europiccola truly excels is in Shot quality. Its 8-bar pressure produces crema-topped espresso with a velvety mouthfeel. But it's the full control over variables that gives an expert barista like myself room to shine. By fine-tuning dosage, yield, pre-infusion and pressure profiling, you too can easily extract balanced nuanced flavors.

The learning curve is steep, requiring precise grinding and distribution technique. But for a passionate barista, few machines reward the effort like the Europiccola. Its laser-etched pressure gauge provides an artistic element, allowing me to watch extractions develop shot by shot.

While its lack of automatic features restrict it to specialty use, for those craving no-compromise manual extractions in a compact package, nothing comes close to the La Pavoni Europiccola. Few machines better allow a barista's artistry and expertise to shine through in each perfect shot. For enthusiasts seeking the pinnacle of manual control, it is espresso perfection in a small space.


• Classic good looks: The brass and wooden construction give it true "retro futurism" charm and aesthetic appeal.  

• High espresso yields: Allows precise control of brewing parameters for an optimized espresso extraction.

• Ability to achieve espresso perfection: With enough practice, the EPC-8 enables baristas to pull consistently excellent shots.

• Sturdy build quality: La Pavoni machines are built to last for decades with proper care and maintenance.


• Steep learning curve: Mastering the EPC-8 requires hours of experimentation and troubleshooting.

• Limited volume: The small portafilter and boiler mean only 1-2 drinks per pull. 

• Requires frequent maintenance: From backflushing to descaling to group head gasket replacement.

• Inconsistent temperature: The thermosyphon system has variances that impact shot temperature.

Overall, if you're willing to devote time and energy into learning the quirks of the La Pavoni Europiccola, you'll be rewarded with an espresso machine that imparts total control and once tamed, capable of producing nuanced, complex espresso. But expect frustration early on, as many initial shots will be unpredictable and disappointing. With practice, patience and a healthy dose of troubleshooting, the EPC-8 can become an espresso-making soulmate. Just temper your expectations of "plug and play" convenience.