Profitec Pro 500 Espresso Machine
The German engineered Pro 500 offers timeless beauty, mechanical simplicity and consistent shots with simultaneous steaming. We think this is the most competitive and compelling heat exchanger design on the market.
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The Profitec Pro 500 packs big espresso and steam performance with that signature engineering and build quality that have so quickly set this company apart. To really see the level of care that has been put into these designs, they have to be seen with the side panels removed. You’ll immediately notice that this machine shares similar aesthetics with the bigger Pro 700, but at a totally different price point. The reason for this is the Pro 500’s huge 2 liter stainless steel boiler has steam power and hot water available on demand, and this boiler actively heats the water for brewing coffee as it passes from a pipe that leads from the water reservoir to the e61 group head. The Pro 700 uses the same legendary group design because its weight (9.9lb!) and hot water circulation give a huge advantage to shot consistency through thermal stability, while the mechanical preinfusion gently soaks the grounds before ramping up to full brew pressure. But the Pro 700 also has separate temperature controlled boilers for espresso and steam, as well as a rotary pump (hence the price difference and additional 20 pounds). The Pro 500’s pump isn’t as quiet as the rotary, but it’s affordable, durable, compact and tuned to deliver the same 9 bar brew pressure used at coffee shops around the world.
The symmetrical gauges display brew pressure and boiler steam pressure, which provide helpful information for future troubleshooting. Pro 500 also boasts a 3 liter water reservoir with automatic low water shutoff. This should be sufficient to make 20-30 drinks before refilling, and the water is drawn through the bottom of the tank so no need to worry about hoses being in the right place after refilling. Its 1400 watt element is compatible with standard kitchen 15 amp circuit breakers, and can heat the 2 liter boiler in about ten minutes. The fully swiveling steam and hot water wands are insulated for easy cleaning and safer operation. The removable cup warming tray on top will keep your cups toasty warm, but the hot water tap on the right is also super helpful for quickly heating a cool cup or making Americanos. At just under 15.5”, it fits easily under kitchen cabinets (just over 14″ tall with the cup rail removed).
With the volume of water and metal that needs to be heated, we recommend using an appliance timer to warm the machine up at the perfect time every morning. Heat exchanger espresso machines do run hotter than dual boilers when they sit idle, so verify that the brew water is flowing smoothly before pulling a shot. We’ve found that first thing in the morning a ten second flush of the group head results in proper, stable brew temperatures. The learning curve for heat exchangers is different than that of temperature controlled single and dual boilers, so we highly recommend you research on our journal and also call our team to make sure which design fits your goals, routine and budget.
- Double spouted commercial portafilter
- Single spouted commercial portafilter
- Single basket
- Double basket
- Blind basket
- Cleaning brush
- Two-year parts and labor provided by Clive Coffee
- Heat exchanger
- Heavy duty Sirai pressurestat
- E61 brew-group
- Boiler and pump pressure gauges
- High-end, 'no-burn' steam and hot water wands
- Automatic shut-off by way of low water volume sensor
- Removeable cup tray
Heat exchanger espresso machines continue to be the most popular in cafes around the world, because they offer the ability to steam milk and pull shots at the same time with mechanical simplicity. This design can run a bit hot when left idle, but with a short cooling flush they can pull consistent shots all day. Heat exchanger machines offer great steam power thanks to their large steam boilers, and adding a simple appliance timer eliminates waiting for long warmup.
Vibratory pumps are the most common design in compact espresso machines, because they’re durable, compact and economical. Although they’re a bit louder than rotary pumps, when adjusted to proper 9 bar brew pressure vibratory pumps offer comparable espresso quality.
|Drip Tray||Stainless steel|
|Drip Tray Cover||Stainless steel|
|Drip Tray capacity||32oz|
|Drainable Drip Tray||No|
|Reservoir or plumbed||Reservoir|
|Capacity||3 Liters/100 fl oz, makes approximately 25 beverages|
|Material||BPA Free Plastic|
|Low Water Shutoff||Yes|
|No Burn (insulated)||Yes|
|Wand Movement||Articulating, full rotation|
|Steam Tip Holes||4|
|Optional Steam Tips||Yes|
|Display Type||Indicator lights|
|Pressure Gauges||2, pump pressure and steam boiler pressure|
|Low Water Warning||Yes|
|Cup Warming Tray|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Baskets Included||Single and double|
|Bottomless Portafilter||Available separately|
|Tamper||Stainless steel tamper included|
|Type||e61, lever activated|
|Maintenance||Urnex Full Circle or Cafiza backflush detergent|
|Boiler Automatically Fill||Yes|
|Heating Element Access||Accessible from side (boiler is horizontal)|
|Insulated||Yes, velcro wrap|
|Recommended brew pressure||9 bar|
|Adjustable brew pressure||Yes|
|Recommended Application||Home or office|
|NSF Certified for Commercial Use||No|