Updated 16 Jan 2018

La Pavoni

Stradivari Lusso STL

Snapshot: The La Pavoni Stradivari Lusso STL hand-pump espresso machine with no cup warmer and no automatic turn-off. Can it make a good coffee?

Stradivari Lusso STL
Consumer score
Avg price


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Test results

Overall score
Ease of use
Milk frothing
Temperature consistency

Good points

  • OK to use.
  • OK milk frothing.


  • Taste could be better.
  • Extremely poor temperature consistency.
  • Expensive.
  • Long heat-up time (7 minutes).
  • The exposed water tank gets very hot.
  • The part of the portafilter nearest the filter basket also gets very hot.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Taste (60%): We assessed crema colour and thickness as well as the coffee's aroma, flavour, mouth-feel and aftertaste.
Ease of use (20%): Based on convenience of water container and filter, controls, exterior cleaning and operating the unit.
Milk frothing (15%): Evaluated froth quality and ease of using the frothing mechanism.
Temperature consistency (5%): Assessed consistency of temperature across 4 cups of coffee.

Price is from a January 2018 survey.

Key data


Avg price


Heat-up time (min:sec)
Time to deliver coffee (sec)
Not tested
H x W x D (cm)
33 x 20 x 30
Weight (kg)


Automatic turn-off
Programmable coffee quantity
Digital display
Cup warmer
Coffee-strength settings
Milk frothing
Removable water reservoir
Not tested
Adjustable water temperature
Not tested

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