Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine


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Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine


Features: Dimensions: 18.7″ D x 13.4″ W x 16.5″ H, Weight: 68.4lbs

As a dual boiler machine, there is both a 0.75 liter boiler dedicated exclusively to brewing and a 2 liter boiler dedicated to steaming. Both boilers are made of stainless steel and wrapped with thermal insulation. The boilers have been bolted to the frame of the machine for structural stability but are easily removable, an element of the highly modular internal design that allows for easy servicing and repair. Brew pressure is provided by the powerful RPM motor and rotary pump which cuts down on the noise produced by the brewing process and allows you to connect the the machine directly to a water line or use the 3 liter water reservoir. The last facet of the brewing process, the E61 brew group is made of solid chrome plated brass and is constantly heated by a thermosyphon system to ensure maximum temperature stability. This unit has an insulated steam wand with a four-hole steam tip. The hot water wand is similarly insulated to help prevent accidental burns. The benefit of these valves is that they don’t need to be fully opened or closed to regulate the flow of steam/water. The way it works is that by turning the knobs, pressure is either added to or released from a spring that holds the valves shut. This prevents you from having to rotate the knobs numerous times to open or close the valves. The manual three way valve which is controlled by the brewing lever drains any excess pressure and water directly into the 1 liter drip tray, keeping the internal components dry. A unique and desirable feature of the Pro 700 is its front mounted dual boiler PID display that monitors both the brew and steam boiler temperatures and allows you to adjust both, a beneficial feature that allows you to achieve more precise brewing conditions to extract certain notes and flavors from different coffees. PID has its built-in shot timer that switches on when you begin brewing. The front of the machine also sports dual pressure gauges that monitor both pump and boiler pressure.
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Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

s a dual boiler machine, there is both a 0.75 liter boiler dedicated exclusively to brewing and a 2 liter boiler dedicated to steaming. Both boilers are made of stainless steel and wrapped with thermal insulation. The boilers have been bolted to the frame of the machine for structural stability but are easily removable, an element of the highly modular internal design that allows for easy servicing and repair. Brew pressure is provided by the powerful RPM motor and rotary pump which cuts down on the noise produced by the brewing process and allows you to connect the the machine directly to a water line or use the 3 liter water reservoir. The last facet of the brewing process, the E61 brew group is made of solid chrome plated brass and is constantly heated by a thermosyphon system to ensure maximum temperature stability. This unit has an insulated steam wand with a four-hole steam tip. The hot water wand is similarly insulated to help prevent accidental burns. The benefit of these valves is that they don’t need to be fully opened or closed to regulate the flow of steam/water. The way it works is that by turning the knobs, pressure is either added to or released from a spring that holds the valves shut. This prevents you from having to rotate the knobs numerous times to open or close the valves. The manual three way valve which is controlled by the brewing lever drains any excess pressure and water directly into the 1 liter drip tray, keeping the internal components dry. A unique and desirable feature of the Pro 700 is its front mounted dual boiler PID display that monitors both the brew and steam boiler temperatures and allows you to adjust both, a beneficial feature that allows you to achieve more precise brewing conditions to extract certain notes and flavors from different coffees. PID has its built-in shot timer that switches on when you begin brewing. The front of the machine also sports dual pressure gauges that monitor both pump and boiler pressure.

 

I studied every available machine for a long time before buying the Profitec. If you’re a coffee fanatic, this is a great choice for making excellent espresso – now, and for a very long time.
Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
The unit itself is impeccably made and quite study. Unlike some of the super-automatics that seem to be more plastic than metal, this puppy is stainless steel all around, from the drip tray to the brew group to the cup warmer. Out of the box, it’s over 70 pounds of metal. Under the pretty exterior is a serious set of coffee-making bona fides: dual stainless steel boilers, quiet rotary vane pump, sophisticated PID system with precise temperature control, shot timer, plumbed or tank operation – pretty much everything you could want in a high-end espresso machine.Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso MachineIt’s also designed for longevity and easy service. I’m always impressed when a product looks like it’s built with care on the inside, where most people might not ever look – and the Profitec has this in spades. Everything comes apart easily, and it’s no big deal to isolate a part for replacement without packing the whole thing up to send back to the manufacturer. There’s a great video (search YouTube) revealing the internal construction…by all means have a look if you’re so inclined.I also like that the brewer accommodates rather large mugs…if you don’t mind buying an extra bottomless portafilter, you can generally fit a four to five inch mug under the brewer – many machines are limited to shot-glass sized cups. I also like that even though it’s a dual boiler design, it runs fine on a standard 15 AMP residential circuit. A few other machines I auditioned required more…and while I could have a 20A circuit installed, this would have been an added cost and inconvenience.

One additional feature I’d like to see is a built in timer. Machines like this tend to take a while to heat up – like twenty minutes – and so it would be nice to have it pop on at a preset time each day. Of course, you can use an external appliance timer for this…just feels like it would be a good built-in feature. Still, I do like that this is pretty much a “minimalist” machine with no frills beyond what it takes to make excellent espresso.

Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

But of course the proof is in the taste of what pours into your cup, and here is where the Profitec excels. With high quality beans (I like Kona and JBM), this machine produces some of the finest espresso I’ve ever tasted, and unlike other machines I’ve used, once I have it all dialed in, I’m able to reproduce the same exact taste shot after shot. I use a Baratza Forte grinder and a calibrated tamper to give me the same tamping pressure on every shot. Couple this with bottled water in the Profitec and a careful eye on the shot timer, and I get very repeatable results, shot after shot.

The steam boiler is also impressive on the Profitec. With my old single-boiler system, I used to make milk drinks by heating the milk in my microwave while the coffee was brewing – there just wasn’t a big difference between doing it this way and using the steamer on the espresso machine. Nothing could be further from the truth with the Profitec…the steamed milk and gentle foam it makes is a delight in any cappuccino – I’m even pouring artful looking drinks because the consistency is so perfect…something I never even tried before on lesser machines.

Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine One final complaint is that I don’t like the placement of the internal tank at the back of the machine. To fill it, you really need to get to the right rear of the unit. If you have it even partially tucked under cabinetry, this means you’ll be lifting a 75 pound machine every time it needs filling. To me, a better design would be a fill port at the front of the machine. Of course, you can plumb the Profitec and never have to worry about filling it – perhaps this is what they really intend, except I like the consistency I get from using the same brand of bottled water over and over, rather than putting my city water supply through it.

Of course, the Profitec is expensive. so it’s probably not for everyone. You really need a good quality grinder to get the best from it, and by the time you’ve got tampers, a few extra portafilters and all the other accessories, you’re spending something around four thousand dollars to get a nice cup of expresso. With practice, you can make amazing espresso on the stovetop in a $25 espresso pot, and the Profitec costs as much as about 150 of these. Still, if you and your significant other are paying Starbucks $10/day for a few latte’s, the Profitec will pay for itself in a year or two.

Anyway, on the journey to the perfect cup of coffee, the Profitec 700 is definitely a worthwhile companion. Definitely recommended!

Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

Pros:
-dual boiler, which means no down time between pulling the shot and steaming the milk (you can even do this at the same time if you are decent at multitasking)
-PID w/ a shot timer as soon as the lever is pulled, it’s a simple convenience, but it’s really made that aspect of pulling a shot so much easier
-drip tray has 2 level steel grate so if you’re doing short shot glasses or cup, the espresso won’t splash everywhere
-steam wand and hot water wand have the teflon tube so it doesn’t get hot
-e61 group head
-stainless steel boilers
-you can plumb in or just use the water tank
-the steam and hot water knobs have a spring in them so it spins easier, hard to explain but it’s a very nice touch
-it seems fairly easy to take apart if maintenance needs to be done
-rotary motor means it’s a lot quieter

Cons:

Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
-it takes more than 15 minutes to heat up, but you can just use one of those timers like the ones for holiday lights. (very small inconvenience)
-double boilers are harder to descale
-it’s so heavy, but if you have open space, it shouldn’t be a problem

i rarely give out 5 stars because i consider myself hard to please, but this is a no brainer for me. if you have the budget to drop on this machine, this is the one you pick in it’s class. Rocket R58, Quick Mill Lucca M58, Izzo Alex Duetto 3.0, these were all in my short list, but the Profitec Pro 700 eventually won me over. It was most definitely a splurge, but i feel confident that it will last me a very long time.

Profitec Pro 700 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

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