ECM Technika IV Profi Switchable Espresso Machine

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1x ECM Cleaning Tablets for Espresso Machines $10.99
1x Brass Water Adapter $10.15
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It's a rare thing to find a machine that seamlessly combines form and function, a feat that has been achieved by ECM's Technika IV Profi espresso machine. From the outside, you'll be drawn to the curved stainless steel housing, front-mounted pressure gauges, and custom grouphead, but it is what you're not seeing that rounds out the entire package. The commercial grade internal components were selected by German engineers at ECM for superior performance and build quality.
 
Before getting into the internals of the machine, the housing and frame deserve a special mention. Made of curved stainless steel, the machine is gorgeous to look at, but it's important to note that the frame is actually one solid piece. To save money, some companies will weld the drip tray onto the body of their machine. Not content with cutting corners, ECM has actually built the drip tray as part of the frame, making it far more durable. Additionally, the body of the machine has been designed to absorb noise produced by the internal components, which, when coupled with the much quieter rotary pump, results in a near-silent brewing process.
 
With regards to brewing, the machine uses a 2.1 liter stainless steel, heat exchange boiler and the aforementioned rotary pump. Stainless steel is known for its heat retention and ability to resist corrosion. The heat exchanger allows you to brew and steam at the same time. Similar to the design of commercial machines, the boiler is mounted horizontally by a solid bracket to protect it from from shifting during shipping. The boiler is heated by a 1400 watt heating element and the pump is monitored by a Sirai pressure stat. Temperature stability is promoted throughout the machine, not only by the boiler but by the E61 group head and chrome plated brass portafilters as well. The Technika IV Profi comes with both a single and double spouted portafilter, each has been designed with weighted handles to ensure that they remain balanced in your hand.
 
If you're looking to make the machine a more permanent fixture in your kitchen, it can connected to a water line, eliminating the need to refill. This is made easier by the fact the the flow is controlled by a valve, located on the bottom of the machine, allowing you to manually switch from one water source to the other. Remember, even if you opt out of plumbing the machine, the water reservoir still holds 3 liters of water.
 
You'll notice that ECM has emblazoned its seal on the machine. That's because they're as proud to have made it as you'll be to own it.
 
 
Dimensions: 18.6" D x 12.7" W x 15.2" H
 
Weight: 60lbs
 
2 Year Warranty
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Balanced Portafilters

One of the first things you'll notice about the portafilters are how balanced they feel in your hand. The weighted end offsets the weight of the basket, keeping you from having to overcompensate with your wrist. On par with commercial grade machines, the Technika IV's portafilters are made of chrome-plated brass for increased temperature stability.

Durable Stainless Steel Construction

ECM refers to the Technika as the Rolls-Royce of semi-automatic machines, and for good reason. The housing is made entirely of stainless steel, and has been smoothed and curved on the edges, resulting in a sleek and streamlined machine. ECM wasn't content with simply welding the drip tray onto the machine, it's actually part of the frame for enhanced durability and build quality.

Reservoir and Water Line

The ample water reservoir holds nearly 3 liters or 101 ounces of water. However, you can do away with refilling altogether by using the water line adapter. Located underneath the machine, the Technika IV has a manual valve, allowing you to easily switch between water sources.

Rotary Pump and Silent Operation

This is a feature that you truly need to hear to believe. Brewing is an incredibly quiet process, thanks to the rotary pump and the machine's specially designed sound absorbing body.

Horizontally Mounted Heat Exchange Boiler

Similar to a commercial machine, the 2.1 liter boiler is mounted horizontally by a solid bracket and made of stainless steel for enhanced heat retention and corrosion resistance. The heat exchanger allows the Technika IV to brew and steam at the same time and the boiler is heated by a 1400 watt element for a consistent brew temperature of approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sirai Pressure Stat and Brew Pressure Gauge

Brew pressure is monitored with a commercial grade Sirai pressure stat and can be viewed on the gauge on the front of the machine. Brew pressure can also be adjusted via a switch located on the bottom of the machine.

Insulated Steam and Hot Water Wands

To help prevent accidental burns, both the steam and hot water wands have been insulated to keep them from getting too hot too quickly. The steam wand sports a two-hole tip, ideal for frothing milk for lattes and cappuccinos. The hot water wand can dispense water for tea, cocoa, Americanos, and more.

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gophishin asked:

How long is the warranty period on this machine?

Answer by Erik:

This machine is an excellent, excellent choice and comes with a 1 year warranty.  If you have any further questions or would like to speak to me directly I am available at 1-888-411-5282 ext 5193

Jamie asked:

How much heat does an E61 put out when the unit is on and how much power does it draw.  We only make coffee in the morning (and ococailly on weekends in the afternoon).  Does leaving this on literally heat the kitchen a little.  Does it radiate heat a lot?  Lastly does anyone know what the average power consumption is when resting.

-jamie

 

Answer by Louis-Jordan:

The E-61 on this unit has built in heating elements which help regulate temperature and will produce heat, but the temperature of the E-61 is also going to partially depend on where the pressurestat for the boiler is set. The pressurestat controls boiler temperature and how much steam pressure is produced. In general the E-61 on this machine will be around 190-200 degrees depending on where the pressurestat is set to. The machine will radiate some heat, but you would have to be fairly close to it to feel the heat being radiated. The uses 1400W of power draw. Unfortunately I do not have information on average power consumption, but when the heating element is active, it will draw 1400W of power.

Answer by DanielCulver:

Yes, left on long enough it will add heat to a room, just as a refrigerator or oven will. How quickly depends on the size of the room.

Answer by Sanfam:

As others have said, the machine will definitely heat a room.  However, I'm glad to look into the possibility of adding this to our comparison database for future (and popular current) products.  

latte lover asked:

Will this unit operate on 240v, 60hz, 1ph?

 

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Hello,

Thank you for the question.  The machine is only designed for 110V operation.

Krzysztof asked:

I'm looking forward to upgrade my kitchen with a good expresso machine. One day I was in Toronto , where I have visited SEICO store that sells coffee machines. I was told, that unless I have a business, I should not buy a professional coffee machine, because the machines need to be plugged in to the electrical outlet at all times and very frequently used. My coffee drinking is casual, but I like expresso machine made coffee, it is of much better quality and taste comparing it to coffe made with a regular drip coffee maker. Currently I have a little, Italian made , all plastic expresso machine that I bought a while ago at Canadian Tire store. The coffee is better than the coffee from the drip coffee maker, but the ECM Technika VI promisses yet better quality coffee, with lots of crema and hot, instead only lukewarm. Besides - the ECM Technika seems to be exceptionaly well built. Schould I buy one, or it is rather ment for coffee shop owners? Must this coffee maker be in constant use, or is it also a good modern kitchen appliance that is recomended also for home grown chefs? Looking forward to Your answer

Answer by Tracys:

The ECM Technika is a popular home espresso machine choice. We refer to this type of machine as a pro-sumer espesso machine. It can fit well on a kitchen counter and has the ability to make cafe quality drinks in your home. You will find the quailty of the espresso that this machine can produce to be superior. I would recommend taking a look at the user reviews in regards to the machine. It has 5 out of 5 star. Here is a link: 

http://www.wholelattelove.com/ECM/ecm-technika-iv-profi-switchable-espresso-machine.cfm?#reviews

chen asked:

just bought one ECM Technika IV, could not make it to work, power is on, seeing both green light and yellow light on at the same time, and the noise, then yellow light off, the nothing happening., not hat water, pressure was still on the 0,   Anyone can tell me what to do

Answer by Sanfam:

As the technician with the most hands-on experience with the ECM Technika IV, I think I'm likely the best person here to help you out.  The problem you describe is unfortunately lacking some key details that would help us better diagnose the problem.   You mentioned the light having turned on, but then switching off.  When the light is off, the machine is indicating that the water tank is either missing or empty.  If you remove the tank, refill it and re-attach it with a firm press, does the problem return?  Additionally, does switching the machine on or off cause the same thing to happen?  Finally, feel free to give us a call at 888-411-5282.  Technical Support is option 3 on the main menu.

Answer by chen:

Thank you, Sanfam, for your quick answer!  Yes, I thoughthe water tank could cause the problem, and have removed the tank and re-attached it with a firm press, same problem has remained.  I have switched the machine on and off, same problem stays.  Perhaps I should call your technical support.  All the Best, Xiaowen

Answer by Chase:

Hi Xiaowen, If you are still having problems with your Technika something else you may want to check is the manuel valve under the machine. It could be in the plumb position cutting off the water supply from the water tank. Also make sure your rocker switch is turned to the right position. That's the rocker switch you see once the drip tray is removed. Hope your making drinks soon.

Answer by Chase:

Hi Xiaowen, If you are still having problems with your Technika something else you may want to check is the manuel valve under the machine. It could be in the plumb position cutting off the water supply from the water tank. Also make sure your rocker switch is turned to the right position. That's the rocker switch you see once the drip tray is removed. Hope your making drinks soon.

Answer by chen:

Hi Chase, thank you for your suggestion.  I do not see manuel valve under the machine, and the rocker has been turned to the right position.  This afternoon, all of a sudden, water come to boiler,  both green and yellow are on now, but water remin cold.  What is happening?

cafecito asked:

Are the parts list availble to me to buy and PM info such as descaling. I noticed the response about the Rocket dual boiler issue (descaling) which was the machine I preferred. Both of the machines are expensive and I just use for home . I prefer to do my own maintance if I can't fix it or PM my own Machine i,then I have to look for a machine and a place that will give me what i want.  Bottom line can we do business?

Answer by Mary Ann:

Cafecito, this machine is easy to maintain, you will want to back flush the machine weekly.  I have attached the link for directions on how to backflush: 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1Vkfj83uyg  

This is a great video for the Technike IV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBtZ3Bkk3g4

Answer by cafecito:

Yes thank you

Taimur asked:

I am thinking of buying the ECM Technika IV Profi. I have the Bodum Bistro coffee grinder (http://www.bodum.com/gb/en-us/shop/detail/10903-01UK). My question is, do you think it will do an adequate job as a coffee grinder to be used with this espresso machine or not? If not, which grinder do you recommend? Thanks!

Answer by DanMoraldo:

The ECM Technika IV Profi is an outstanding machine that is very well built and makes excellent java.  However, to maximize its potential performance I would highly encourage upgrading your grinder from the Bodum Bistro to something with a bit more precision with regards to the coffee grind settings.  The key to a making a good espresso great is always going to start with the grinder first and the ECM will deliver a more coffee shop caliber coffee when paired with a good grinder.  I would suggest contacting our sales team to discuss some options that will work best for that machine and best for your particular needs too.  I hope this is helpful. 

Answer by DanielCulver:

To add to Dan Moraldo's comments. There are many good grinders that can do the job. The lowest entry level doser/grinder of suitable quality is probably the Gaggia MDF, on sale right now for $224.00. http://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/mdf.cfm This is the machine I have used for 4 years now. With a little practice it reliably produces excellent results. There are many good machine in prices above the Gaggia, and trying to pick will be difficult because so many of them are very good.

Answer by DanielCulver:

To add to Dan Moraldo's comments. There are many good grinders that can do the job. The lowest entry level doser/grinder of suitable quality is probably the Gaggia MDF, on sale right now for $224.00. http://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/mdf.cfm This is the machine I have used for 4 years now. With a little practice it reliably produces excellent results. There are many good machine in prices above the Gaggia, and trying to pick will be difficult because so many of them are very good.

technika asked:

how much does the body flex when the portafilter is inserted?

Answer by Erik:

The body does not flex at all when inserting the portafilter on this machine.  The ECM utilizes a one piece, solid steel chassis and weighs well over 50 pounds and is one of the most solidly built prosumer machines you will find.

looks exactly like the Bezzera Mitica TOP that retails for $1899....hmmmmmm

 

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Hello,

This machine in Manufactured by ECM,  This machine has no relation to Bezzera.

Answer by Gordon Stafford:

I find that hard to believe

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

ECM is a German company that has their own assembly in Italy.

Bezzera has their own manufacturing and assembly in Italy.

Answer by Gordon Stafford:

Then who copies who?  The parts, design, joysticks, tank, size, etc, are exactly the same

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Misc Data
Manufacturer: ECM
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches): 12.6
Dimension - Height (Inches): 15.25
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 18.6
Weight (lbs): 60
Watts: 1400
Volts: 115
Housing
Housing Materials: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Cover Material: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz): 32
Drain Line Adaptable: Yes
Frame: Steel
Power Cord Length (Inches): 48
Cup Height
High (Inches): 3.25
Frothing Wand
Material: Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Style: Commercial Style
Wand Movement: Articulating
Usable Length (Inches): 4
Height Off Counter (Inches): 4 to 6.5
Number Of Holes: 2
No Burn Wand: Yes
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Both
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 100
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Reservoir Access: Flip Top
Reservoir Removable: Yes
Maximum Incoming Water Pressure (PSI): 50 Psi
Controls
Type Of Controls: Lever
Display Type: Indicator Lights
Power Light: Yes
Temperature Control: No
Pre-Infusion: Yes
Low Water Warning: Yes
Pressure Gauges: Brew and Steam
Steam Control: Yes
Cup Warmer
Material: Stainless Steel
Size (Inches): 10x4
Passive / Active: Passive
Portafilter Data
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: Commercial Style
Quantity Included: 2
Weight (lbs): 1.25
Diameter (Millimeter): 58
Commercial Filter Baskets Included: Single & Double
Bottomless Portafilter Available: Yes
Tamper Size (Millimeter): 58
Brew Group
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: E61
Preheat: Yes
Three-Way Valve: Manual
Back Flush Capable: Yes
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 1
Brew And Steam Simultaneously: Yes
Rapid Steam: Yes
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type: Heat Exchanger
Brew Boiler Watts: 1400
Brew boiler Volume (Oz): 2 Liter
Brew Boiler Material: Stainless Steel
Brew Boiler Orientation: Horizontal
Brew Boiler Heater Location: Internal
Brew Boiler Auto Fill: Yes
Insulated: Yes
Steam Boiler Data
Steam Boiler Type: One Boiler for the Brew and Steam
Pump Data
Pump Type: Rotary
Pump Wattage: 120
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 16
Brew Pressure Adjustability: Yes
Self Priming Pump: Yes
Performance
Initial Heat Up (Seconds): 600
Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds): 900
Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds): 50
Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F): 199
Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds): 7
Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds): 0
Sound Level - Brewing (Db): 55
Maintenance
Back Flush Cleaner Used: Cafiza
Details
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Italy
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Service provided
Repairs By: Whole Latte Love
Contact Number: 888-411-5282