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Looking for a home-size machine that can keep up with the occasional crowd? The Alex PID Pro espresso machine is an ideal pick for the home entertainer. This heat-exchange style espresso machine packs in a generous 2.3-liter boiler built from stainless steel—a material it shares with its double-wall case, frame and furniture. This ample service boiler offers capacity for back-to-back lattes without losing steam (sorry), and helps keep shots toasty thanks to its actively heated E61 brew group. All this energy is efficiently managed through a programmable PID controller that doubles as a shot timer during brewing. Other volume-focused design choices—like a plumbable pump design, ultra-deep drip tray, and wide cup rack—ensure you’ll have your next dinner party well caffeinated all night long.
Features and Functionality
Stainless Steel Boiler – A massive 2.3-liter insulated heat-exchange boiler offers stable steam pressure and temperature.
PID Controller – Temperature is managed electronically, offering more efficient operation than similarly-spec’d analog models.
Shot Timer – When brewing, the front-facing PID doubles as a convenient shot timer.
Steel Case and Frame – Polished double-wall side panels and a hard-wearing stainless frame add extra sturdiness to an already overbuilt machine.
Rotary Pump – A commercial-caliber rotary pump brings an extended life cycle and the option to plumb-in directly to your water line.
E61 Group – This boiler-heated design keeps your shot temp stable for better tasting coffee.
Covered In Chrome – So shiny, yet satisfyingly sturdy. The use of such a large stainless boiler in a machine in this class is laudable.
Big Boiler – The Alex PID’s combo of size and insulation brings stability to both brew and steam temperatures.
Front PID – The PID placement made it easy for us to adjust temperature for different coffees, or if we were steaming lattes for a crowd.
A Little Chunky – The Alex PID+ shares a case similar in dimension to the Alex Duetto, it’s on the large end for an apartment or condo-size kitchen.
And Hot – The PID placement is a double-edged sword. Useful: Yes. Distracting: Also yes. The easy access had us mucking about steam settings at any opportunity.
Tips and Tricks The Alex PID+ is packaged without feet installed! Take care to set machine on its side to attach feet before placing on your counter.
Model Number MK626
Width 14.3 inches
Depth 17.75 inches
Height 16.4 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 100.0000
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4 inches
Boiler Volume 2.3 L
Reservoir Size 2.3 L
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size 58mm
Available Portafilters Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 14 minutes
Boiler Design Heat Exchanger
NSF Certified No
Water Sources Convertible – Internal Reservoir or Plumbed in
Auto Shut Off No
Material Stainless Steel