Profitec Pro 800 Lever Espresso Machine
The Profitec Pro 800 combines heritage design with modern, precision engineering. Like driving a classic manual transmission roadster, we love how the hand-operated lever grouphead offers a more direct connection between a barista and their machine.
- Bottomless Portafilter
- Spouted Portafilter
- Shot Glass
- Craft of Espresso Book
- Microfiber Towel
- Plumb Kit
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The Pro 800 offers an thrilling mix of old world espresso preparation and rational, minimalist design. It really can’t be understated: this is a fun machine. Our team was so excited to emulate the Italian baristas of yesteryear, manually pulling shot after shot in our lab. The huge 3.5L copper boiler paired with the hefty 17 pound grouphead offers great temperature consistency with very little recovery time. The boiler also produces plenty of high quality steam, making it easy to steam richly textured milk drinks back-to-back.
For us, the most compelling feature of the Pro 800 is its ability to do a true soft preinfusion. Once the lever is lowered, water moves freely from the boiler to the grouphead. Pressure is only applied when the lever is raised again releasing a spring loaded piston in the group. The resulting espressos tend to be softer, sweeter and more full-bodied.
As thrilled as we were using the Pro 800, we were equally excited by the elegance of the design. Like Profitec’s other machines, the internal components are cleanly and logically arranged for easy access and maintenance. Externally, the mirrored stainless steel and uncluttered front panel elevates shot-pulling to a truly refined experience. While the Pro 800 has a PID controlled boiler, the digital display is thoughtfully hidden behind the drip tray; this way, you won’t be distracted by blinking lights while you’re connecting with your coffee.
Due to the lever’s simple mechanics, almost no sound is produced when pulling shots. The only time you’ll hear the Pro 800 is when the boilers are being refilled from the water reservoir by a small vibratory pump. If the machine is plumbed-in, water line pressure will fill the boilers and the machine will always be whisper quiet.
It should be noted the Pro 800 is a tall machine; it measures nearly 29 inches from the tip of the lever to the feet. It might not be a good fit underneath cabinetry but looks beautiful on kitchen islands or open counter spaces.
- Single spouted portafilter
- Double spouted portafilter
- Bottomless portafilter
- Single basket
- Double basket
- Triple basket
- Braided plumb-in line
- Drip tray drain attachment
- Grouphead brush
- Water test strip
- Massive lever brew group (17.1lb/7.8kg)
- Copper boiler with a volume of 3.5L
- PID-control for regulating the boiler temperature
- Switchable from water tank to a fixed water connection
- Drip tray with about a 1L capacity
- Connection to a water drainage is possible
- Water tank with about a 3L volume
- Low wear and tear rotary valves
- Boiler pressure gauge
- A large removable cup tray
- Height adjustable feet made of stainless steel
If you're and espresso purist who likes the occasional cappuccino on the weekend a single boiler is the machine for you. Single boilers take less time to heat than their larger dual boiler and heat exchanger relatives. They also have smaller footprints, and offer a more espresso focused experience.
The reservoir is the water tank an espresso machine pulls water from to fill its boilers. Having a reservoir means a machine can be more portable and work in homes where plumbing isn't an option.
Direct plumbing means you can hook a machine directly a water line and never have to worry about refilling your reservoir again. These machines also allow you to connect the drip tray to a drain so you don't have to make that tightrope walk to the sink.
E61 Group Head
The E61 group head was designed in 1961; the fact that it's still around speaks to its reliability. This style of group head allows for mechanical pre-infusion while also exuding romantic espresso machine style.
These machines are built from the ground up with the home barista in mind. They span a wide range of needs but what they all have in common is a focus on creating a great user experience in a footprint that will fit on your counter, and look great there too.
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.
PID Temperature Control
PIDs allow the most precise temperature adjustment and control of boilers by continuously calculating the amount of power needed to maintain the target temperature. They also allow more detailed information to be displayed to the user than digital temperature controlled systems.
- Width: 13.4"
- Depth: 22.9"
- Height: 28.8"
- Weight: 78 lbs
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