For those who admire the charm of old world espresso, the Profitec Pro 800 is a powerful lever-operated machine with all the advantages of modern technology. Ever since we first received it, the Pro 800 has been a permanent fixture in our office, towering above the kitchen counter and pulling shot after shot. It’s seen a lot of use here. We all agree the lever is incredibly satisfying to pull, but the extra level of control over our espresso is what keeps us coming back. For a few moments every morning, we get to be old-time baristas.
The secret is something that's unique to lever machines like the Pro 800; true low-pressure pre-infusion allowing for softer, more full-bodied shots that are sweeter in flavor. You can do this by pulling the lever to fill the group, applying about 1-1.5 bar from the boiler and lightly soaking the coffee. By carefully lifting the lever, a spring-loaded piston is released, gradually building pressure, and then declining as the lever draws back. This achieves a sort of pressure profiling that works perfectly to unlock the different flavors in specialty coffee. For added control, the Pro 800 features a Gicar PID controller artfully hidden behind the drip tray to preserve the machine’s classic aesthetic. You'll be able to adjust brew temperature how you like, and keep it there thanks to the stability offered by the PID.
A more subtle feature can be found in how quiet the Pro 800 can be. It's one of the quieter machines we’ve tested, as the pump can only be heard when refilling the boiler through the reservoir. To eliminate noise entirely, the Pro 800 can be plumbed in directly, in which case, water line pressure will fill the boiler in place of the pump. With the Pro 800 plumbed in, you’ll never hear the pump again.
Standing at a height of about 29 inches tall, the Pro 800 is best for those with plenty of space to proudly display the machine. We’re confident in saying that you’ll definitely want to, considering our exceptional experience with the machine.
- Advanced PID:
The PID controller in the Profitec 800 is hidden behind the drip tray. It allows you to adjust the boiler temperature.
- Professional Gauge:
The Profitec Pro 800 features a professional gauge which indicates pressure in the boiler. It is a great feedback tool which let you better understand your machine and improve your final results.
- No Burn Steam & Hot Water Wands:
The machine is equipped with no burn steam and hot water wands that can be manipulated without worry about scolding your hands. Also, milk doesn't stick to a dual-walled steam wand as much as to a regular.
- Water Sensor:
Level control cuts the power circuit if water is low, with a microprocessor that automatically controls the level of the water tank and boiler. A low water level warning will tell you when you need to refill. Please note: for proper operation it is a must to use water with mineral content.
- Plumbed in or Pour over:
The Pro 800 can be run as a pour over machine using the included 3 litre water tank or it can be directly plumbed into your water main.
- Stainless Steel Housing:
The Profitec Pro 800 is housed in a highly durable and very beautiful AISI 304 stainless steel case.
The Pro 800 comes with:
- Three portafilters
- A single spout
- A double spout and bottomless
- A set of manuals
|Weight (pounds)||78.26 lbs|
|Boiler Capacity (litres)||3.5 L|
|Water Source||Internal Water Tank or Direct Connection|
|Water Tank Capacity (litres)||3.0 L|
|Power Supply + Absorption||
Voltage (V) - 110/120V
Wattage (W) - 1500 W