UPDATED FOR JULY 2022
Profitec Pro 800 Overview
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.
Features and Performance
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 is 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.
For the 2022 update of this machine, the Pro 800 was given levers to control the steam and hot water valves, making it easier than ever to steam and dispense hot water for Americanos or tea. The updated machine also showcases a pine green background for the pressure gauge, which adds a pop of color without taking away from the classic, timeless look.
There is also an all-new optional ECO-mode. With the ECO-mode, you can program the machine to shut itself down after it sits idle for a certain amount of time.
Why You Should Get It
Standing at a height of about 29 inches, 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.