Profitec Drive Overview
The Profitec Drive is a reimagining of the German made Pro 700, Profitec’s top tier dual boiler espresso machine. Stock with an E61 flow control device and brimming with new functionality thanks to the updated PID controller, the Drive delivers precise control of brewing variables and simple upkeep and maintenance thanks to built-in reminders. Profitec also updated the housing to streamline the look of the machine while echoing design elements found their other machines.
Features and Benefits
Power and precision are guaranteed on the Drive thanks to its dual boilers and dual PID control. Users can independently set the temperatures of the 0.75L brew boiler and the 2.0L steam boiler while the high capacity ensures excellent thermal stability and steam power. At the max steam temperature of 270F the Drive reaches an explosive 2 bar of steam pressure. For brewing the Drive is equipped with a whisper quiet rotary pump and comes stock with Profitec’s E61 flow control device for variable flow rate brewing between 2.5-28.5g/sec.
Inside the PID controller the Drive has a trove of brewing and quality of life features waiting to be discovered. The basics like brew and steam temperature control are there, along with the ability to switch off the steam boiler when not in use. Even more impressive is the programmable pre-infusion feature which can be enabled to run the pump between 1 - 10 seconds followed by a pause of 1 - 60 seconds before brewing. For simple maintenance and quality of life the PID is also equipped with a backflush reminder, water filter reminder, eco mode, and two programmable wake up times for each day of the week. Thanks to its rotary pump the Drive can be connected directly to a water line or run from its 2.8L water reservoir.
From the outside the Drive has inherited a number of design elements that have become staples within the Profitec lookbook. The updated quick steam valves and Twist and Change portafilter handles allow for simple customization with a wide variety of accents and materials. Ever present is the iconic “P” cutout on the drip tray along with black gauges for brew and steam pressure. In a nod to the Pro 400, the Drive echoes its black frame beneath the drip tray and cutout “Profitec” logo on the back panel.
Why You Should Get It
If you’re looking for a high performing dual boiler espresso machine the Profitec Drive makes a great case for itself as the last stop on your upgrade journey. With precise brewing and powerful steam it nails the fundamentals while its programmable pre-infusion and flow control elevate the potential of your espresso. Thanks to the updated PID the Drive keeps a watchful eye on maintenance and is ready to go in the morning when it’s time for that essential first cup.