The Pro 800 from Profitec blends the class of old-world tradition with modern advantage, offering a machine with barista-level control and commercial grade components. The Pro 800’s lever operation is key to pulling some of the best shots you’ll ever have.
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Owning the Profitec Pro 800
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.
The Pro 800 features a massive 3.5 L copper boiler for both steaming and brewing. The copper material helps with heat retention and has the flexibility to withstand the lever-operated action of the Pro 800.
In place of a pressurestat, the PID controller allows for long lasting reliability. It also makes it very easy to adjust boiler pressure/temperature without having to open the machine.
Direct Water Line Connection
No more refilling the water tank. Be sure to outfit the machine with a water filtration system, such as a BWT system, for better tasting shots and improved machine longevity.
Handmade & High-End Construction
The machine is housed in mirror-finished, stainless steel panels. It rests on a one-piece internal steel frame, which protects it from bending or bowing during shipping or as the result of continuous use.