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.
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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
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.
|Drip Tray||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Cover||Stainless Steel|
|Reservoir or Plumbed||Either|
|Reservoir Capacity||3 Liters/100 fl oz, makes approximately 25 beverages|
|Material||BPA Free Plastic|
|Low Water Shutoff||Yes|
|No Burn (Insulated)||Yes|
|Movement||Articulating, Full Roatation|
|Steam Tip Holes||4|
|Optional Steam Tips||Yes|
|Temperature Control||PID, Gicar brand|
|Steam Boiler Temperature Adjustment||Individual degree, control max steam power|
|Display Type||LCD, Fahrenheit or Celsius|
|Pre-infusion||Yes, infinite control with brew lever|
|Type||Bosco style spring lever|
|Group Head Weight||17.2lbs|
|Brew Water Delivery Style||Dipper (not heat exchanger), boiler is continuously flushed with fresh water and regulated with huge thermal mass|
|Display Can Be Disabled||No, but display is hidden behind drip tray|
|Pressure Gauge||Displays steam boiler pressure (brew pressure is not controlled by pump)|
|Type||Vibration, (Ulka brand) only used to refill boiler. Pump is disabled when machine is plumbed.|
|Recommended Application||Home or Office|
|NSF Certified for Commercial Use||No|