Another dual boiler espresso coffee maker machine 2020, the Profitec Pro 600 is a very nice machine. I took delivery of this machine (on loan) directly after having used the ACS minima, and it’s really clear to see the difference a few hundred quid spend on build and aesthetics delivers. This is a lovely machine to look at and to use, it just oozes luxury. In my Profitec Pro 600 Review I remark that if this was a car it’d probably be the Audi Q5.
It has an E61 group with a paddle, vs the group on the minima which doesn’t have the mechanical paddle & is simply operated via the switch. It has both a brew pressure gauge and a separate steam boiler gauge. You can choose to have both boilers on, or turn off the steam boiler if you’re just pulling shots & not steaming milk. You can set a back flush reminder after a certain number of shots have been pulled, you can very easily manually adjust the brew pressure, and you can also manually adjust the steam boiler pressure up to about 2 bar.
The Pro 600 is the slightly lower cost sibling of the Profitec Pro 700, which is about £2100 & features a rotatory pump vs a vibe pump (although the vibe pump on the pro 600 is quiet), a bigger steam boiler, and the ability to be plumbed in.
You can get the Profitec Pro 600 from Bella Barista for £1699, which isn’t cheap, but taking everything into account I think this is a good price for this machine.
For the above machines, talking about the grinders I have experience of, my suggestions would be:
- Eureka Mignon
- Niche Zero
- Eureka Atom
I used the Eureka Mignon Specialita with the MCS Minima, and I was really impressed with this grinder. At around £380, it’s fairly inexpensive when we’re talking about grinders at this kind of level, to pair with heat exchanger or dual boiler machines.
This version of the Mignon has 55cm hardened steel flat burrs, it’s quiet, it has stepless adjustment, and it’s generally regarded as a decent entry level grinder for pairing with heat exchanger and dual boiler machines. For more see my Eureka Mignon review.
The Niche Zero is a great grinder, I used this grinder a while back for a couple of weeks for my initial Niche Zero review, and then got my hands on one on loan again for this Niche Zero video review, and I’ve managed to keep my hands on it so far (it’ll have to go back soon though, boo!). It’s a single doser grinder, and it features almost zero retention, and even closer to zero exchanged retention.
What this means, is that usually when you’re grinding coffee, some of the coffee from your last grind is retained and then ends up in your portafilter the next time you grind. It depends on the grinder you’re using, but with all grinders you’ll get some exchanged retention. What this means is that you need to purge coffee, meaning grind it and chuck it away, whenever you change the grind size when dialing in, and when you’re using your grinder for the first time each morning. But with the Zero, you don’t need to do that, as the exchanged retention is so minuscule that it really doesn’t do anything.