La Pavoni was founded in 1905 by Mr. Eugenio Pavoni in Milan, Italy. La Pavoni was one of the first producers of commercial coffee equipment in the world. Their first home model, the Europiccola, was developed in 1968 and introduced at the San Francisco Houseware Show in 1971 where it won best new product. In 1975 a larger model called Professional was introduced. These were the first lever home models producing single shots marketed in Europe and the U.S.

From 2000 to 2001 La Pavoni began re-engineering the original 1968 lever design in order to improve the quality and durability of their machines. Machines carrying these upgrades are referred to as MILLENNIUM machines.