ECM Technika Profi IV Switchable Espresso Machine

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1st-line was the first to carry the Technika Profi tank model in 2012, and we asked ECM Germany to manufacture a switchable model which was released later that year. Unlike some internet only companies, 1st-line stocks parts in the event that the machine needs to be serviced. Check out our espresso parts section to see! And, if you buy the machine from us, we offer huge discounts on these prices.

The ECM Manufacture Technika IV Profi espresso machine meets form and function with its design in Germany and manufacturing in Italy.

The ECM Manufacture Technika IV Profi espresso machine can switch between a reservoir/tank mode and a direct water line connection. The newest feature is the stainless steel guide rails placed on the black frame so the drip tray does not scratch the black paint on the side rails.

Compared to the ECM Germany Barista, the Technika has wider and refined body panels, upgraded portafilters, and joystick controls for the steam/hot water valves – all of which ultimately cost more to produce.

Although some may call this the Rolls Royce of filter holder machines, it is. For one, Rolls Royce cars are very expensive and they eventually do need repairs – like any espresso machine. Therefore, it is important to purchase from a quality dealer who can service the machine and has the spare parts to service their customers – not one that just sells you a machine.


  • Solid chrome plated ECM (E61 style) brewing group with small lever action control to start and stop the espresso extraction. The switch that is engaged by the lever is of high quality, as well.
  • The lever on the grouphead allows the operator to pre-infuse the coffee with water from the heat exchanger. Please note that true pre-infusion requires a direct water connection (possible when connected directly to a water line) whereby the water pressure from the water line creates the true pre-infusion.This model has passive pre-infusion when utilized in reservoir mode where the steam pressure in the thermosyphon tubes pushes water through the coffee grind.
  • Professional joystick valve technology on the steam and hot water valves can only be locked in the full on and off position. For in between steam power, the user needs to hold the joystick in place while steaming.
  • With the heat exchanger/thermosyphon system, only fresh water from the water tank is used for the espresso extraction. The water in the heat exchanger flows to and from the grouphead.
  • Body made of polished stainless steel.
  • Compact construction with stainless steel boiler. The larger the boiler, the more steaming capacity the user has for entertaining and superior temperature stability over machines with smaller boilers. The end flanges are also made of stainless steel. Please note that there are still other components made of copper and brass inside the machine.
  • High quality heating element produced with a stainless steel flange (part which connects to boiler).
  • Boiler safety valve on top of boiler opens if the boiler goes into overpressure – usually due to calcification of the pressurestat pipe.
  • Rotary vane pump with internal adjustment screw is placed on rubber dampening brackets – please note that sometimes the pump will shift in transport and knock out the reservoir connection under the water reservoir. ECM has placed tie-wraps under the machines, but sometimes these break in transport, too.
  • The overpressure valve (OPV) to release excessive brew pressure.
  • Magnetic float in water reservoir will power off heating element when water level is low.
  • Full size pressurestat properly configured vertical and away from boiler top.
  • Dual safety thermostats in case one fails during a potential overpressure situation.
  • Dual gauges are offer greater visible at top and not hidden near bottom of front panel. There is one gauge for pump/extraction pressure, and one gauge for steam pressure.
  • Portafilter holder made of solid brass and plastic handle with ability to hold 58mm type baskets.
  • Removable drip tray and grate made of polished stainless steel.
  • Multi-directional steam and hot water wands can be moved in multiple directions. The steam wand has a 2-hole steam tip. Also available are a 4-hole, and 5-hole.
  • Grips on wands to protect hands from heat while full size steam wand allows greater steam power over no-burn wands.
  • Low profile black feet allow lowest height capability.
  • The espresso extraction, frothed milk, and hot water can be dispensed simultaneously.
  • Accessories: Single spout 58mm portafilter with single cup filter basket, dual spout 58mm portafilter with double cup filter basket, plastic tamper, plastic measuring scoop, blind filter basket, backflush detergent, instructional manual & stainless steel water line hose.
  • Engineering design in Germany and assembled in Milan, Italy by a third party (not ECM Manufacture).

Additional information


ECM Germany

Height (inches)

15.5, approximate

Width (inches)

13, approximate

Depth (inches)

19, approximate

Weight (pounds)


Wattage (watts)


Voltage (volts)


Boiler capacity (liters)


Portafilter size (mm)


Tank capacity (liters)


Country of manufacture

Assembled in Milan, Italy, Designed in Germany


  1. Shopping for best price: When shopping for this espresso machine, please keep in mind that 1st-line Equipment stocks many spare parts for this machine so 1st-line’s customers can be serviced if there are any problems. Please keep in mind the selling dealer is responsible dealer in the selling country is for providing the service and warranty. ECM Germany does not have a worldwide labor warranty and will not ship parts directly to customers worldwide. Hence, it is best to check the dealer’s web site for spare parts.
  2. Direct water connection: The water connection is located on bottom of machine in the back left corner ~4″ from the rear and ~2.5 inches from the left side panel. The water connection elbow under the machine is 1/4″ male thread. The included stainless steel braided hose, is 58″ long and has the female fitting to connect to the water connection elbow. On the opposite end of the braided hose, there is a 3/8″ female thread fitting. It is best to purchase the V319 coupling on our web site to attach to your water line, and then attach the braided hose to the V319 coupling. There is no drainage capability, nor parts included for this, of the drip tray.
  3. Water line pressure: Maximum water line pressure should be regulated to be between 1.0 – 1.5 bar for proper operation of this machine. Check with your local plumbing supply to advise on purchase so as to meet any local building codes. In addition, check with them about your local building code may require a backflow preventer (which does not allow boiler water to backflow into water supply).
  4. Expansion valve acess: There is no access to the expansion valve underneath the cup warmer.
  5. Water tank lid: The water tank lid is on a hinge. When opened it adds another 4.5″ to the height.
  6. Steam nozzle: As of July 5, 2013, ECM Germany has confirmed the steam nozzle has 1/8″ inner thread. Please note that ECM, like most manufacturers, can make changes without prior notification. Therefore, please check your machine before ordering any steam tips.
  7. Rolls Royce: Rolls Royce is a trademark of its respective owner.

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      Sorry for the delay in responding. The warranty on a product can change . This is why we reference the invoice or online order to check on warranty coverage. Please contact us directly via email, or the contact us form to look up the status of your warranty coverage.

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      We are sorry to hear about this unfortunate circumstance. It can be faulty wiring, the pressurstat, both thermostats, the heating element, the water level floating magnet, the water tank sensor, or the heating element. All will need to be evaluated.

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      Typically when either safety thermostat blows, both need to be changed. Unfortunately, this is usually is not the cause of the issue  of the safety thermostat tripping. There can be other causes, such as the heating element, wiring, pressurstat, or even one case we saw the power switch causing the tripping of the safety thermostats.

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      Thanks for your inquiry. First, check the float in the reservoir to make sure it is floating. The underlying problem can be in several areas...

      a) heating element is defective,
      b) wiring is fried,
      c) either one or both thermostats tripped or is defective, and/or
      d) the pressurstat (pressure regulator) needs replacement.

      If one or both safety thermostats above tripped, it means there is an underlying cause in one of the other areas. Based on the age of the machine and severity of diagnosis, it is best a professional check the machine. You can look for a local repair center. Otherwise, it can be shipped into us with a prepaid diagnostic fee. In all cases of shipping, it is best to keep all acessories except the reservoir, AND package well - meaning bagged, double boxed, and 4" of bubble wrap if you do not have both original inner and out shipping cartons.

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      Thank you for your inquiry. We are sorry that since you purchased the machine approximately one year ago, we are unable to go back to ECM to make a claim. In addition, our staff does check all machines for accessories, adds extra packaging materials, and inspects for any damages prior to shipping. The hose can be purchased on our web site.

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      To make certain its not the pump, switch the switch behind the drip tray to tank mode, turn the valve under machine to tank mode, and fill the reservoir.Test and look at brew pressure gauge..

      The primary step is to regulate in your inline water pressure to 22-24 psi.

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      Sorry that this question was lost in our system. It is best to use the BILT treatment system we sell.

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      If there was a pump issue, you would hear the pump making this noise while making espresso.

      The OPV (overpressure valve) is a mechanical part that uses a resistance spring and closing gasket. The screw on the outside determines the pump pressure at which allows the excess water to flow. When the system is pressurized and the pump is on while the grouphead portafilter has the blind, the water needs to exit somewhere. It will exit through the OPV.

      If the OPV was faulty (stuck in the open position), your pump typically would not extract the espresso as the OPV would allow all the water pressure to exit the OPV. If the OPV was faulty (not opening), there would be no water exiting the spout on the front panel behind the grouphead 3-way exit valve.

      The only way for the spring to be defective (open or closed) is age (wear and tear makes it open sooner) and/or limescale (keeps it open at the gasket or closed from not allowing the spring to move to open).

      As a precaution, we suggest you descale the OPV by using the backflush method just in case there is some limescale in your valve.

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      Thanks for taking this discussion offline for for further investigation and for bringing in your machine for evaluation. Upon testing in our facility in tank mode, the issue could not be replicated. As advised, try to limit water line pressure to 22-24psi and turn down the OPV setting to 9 bar or near it.

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      Thank you for your question, please use a non abrasive wipe, with  soapy water.  Also we sell a product called Urnex Cafe Sprayz works very well. This product comes with a spray pump.



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      Typically, we say 'leave well enough alone'. Hence leave the steam valves and how water valves alone unless there is an issue.

      The grouphead gasket part #F15 and dispersion screen screen part #F277 every 6-12 months for home use, and every 3-6 months for office use.

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      Although this is a good machine, it is always best to utilize our services in making sure you select the best machine to meet your needs. As we have done for over 67,000 customers to date, we want you to select the best choice and you can email or call us to start a dialogue without any pressure to purchase.

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