My GE Profile Automatic Espresso Machine Review 2023

GE profile espresso machine automatic

by Lars H

You might think of GE when you think of light bulbs or jet engines or maybe large home appliances like washing machines, but until recently you wouldn’t really think of them in regards to a luxury espresso machine.

But guess what, GE has jumped into the high end automatic espresso coffee brewer game. I bought one at full retail price from Amazon with my own money so I could review it. I also wanted a second automatic espresso machine to run through beans when I’m testing coffee so I can still keep my regular coffee in my daily Krups automatic machine.

The GE comes in a nice box, tightly packed, with good instructions. It was straightforward enough to assemble. I didn’t really use the instructions until we turned it on and it gave us an error message about the brew capsule. That turned out to be a part that we hadn’t fully put into place until it clicks. Once we finished that up, the machine booted right up and ran a long rinse cycle to prepare itself to make coffee for the first time.

The body of the ergonomically designed espresso machine has no buttons that stick out, so it has a sleek, modern look. You can adjust the height of the dispensing spout to fit a variety of cup sizes. The removable water reservoir is also hidden in the back in a black area instead of a transparent one — which is a bad idea in my opinion because you can’t easily see how much water is in the water fill container without lifting the removable reservoir to check. So, add points for looks really cool and subtract points for utility.

When you turn it on, you’ll see all your coffee options on the top edge of the espresso machine. You can make an espresso, an Americano, and lungo, get hot water or make a “custom drink.”

The first thing the machine does when you turn it on is go through a short rinse cycle, so you’ll want to have a coffee cup sitting there waiting. (If you don’t, the stand for the cup also has a drain that goes into a container that you need to empty along with the used coffee pucks after every 8 cups of coffee regardless.)

In the hopper on top, which is hidden under a panel, there is a built-in conical burr grinder for a consistent grind. There is an adjustment knob for adjustable grind size so you get the perfect grind for your favorite drink. You can set the grind settings to a variety of textures from fine to course. Finer grind means stronger coffee, FYI.

Once again, the hidden hopper (not to mention the illuminating spout ) gives the machine a sleek design — sort of like Darth Vader’s personal coffee maker. But as far as utility, you’ll never see that you’re running out of coffee beans unless you open the lid and check inside.

Here’s what I consider the stupidest thing about the GE Profile espresso maker though. It’s the fact that it does not have a screen that gives you messages, and instead relies on colored LEDs to tell you what is going on.

But here’s the thing. Who would possibly be able to understand or memorize what the LED colors mean without keeping the instruction manual handy? Take a look for yourself at how many different flashing options there are! It’s like trying to memorize an entire chemistry periodic table of elements chart. It takes quite the learning curve.

My Krups machine has a screen with easy readability that tells you specifically with messages along the lines of “Empty trays!” or “It is required to run a cleaning cycle.” or “Preheating water.” or even “Water tank is empty, please fill.” This is very clear.

With the GE, some of these notifications do also show up in the form of words on the top of the machine. For example, it will tell you to Empty Waste, Add Water and Descale. So I suppose it gives you enough information, but I still find the light show to just be confusing.

LED notification light explanation for GE Profile automatic espresso machine

However, this compact espresso machine does make great espresso / Americanos. And isn’t this the most important job of a coffee machine? So it’s a winner in this regard.

It’s also easy to empty the internal bean waste bin of used grounds, and the handle for the water tank is sturdy so it is easy to carry back and forth from the sink.

I’ve been using this machine now for months, and use it daily as my decaf specific machine. So, for total convenience , I keep my Krups loaded with regular coffee, and the GE loaded with decaf. Before, I would make individual decaf coffees by grinding the beans myself and using an Aeropress, which makes a great coffee but is slightly less convenient.

The only problem I have had with it is that more than a year after purchasing it, the descale light on top of the machine will not go off. It evidently doesn’t recognize that we completed the descale cycle. I haven’t bothered to call GE for support about it yet because the coffee machine operates perfectly otherwise.

Some people want a coffee maker that has a sleek, modern design. This is a great product if you want something with a simple design and modern features that has a sleek, futuristic and minimalist look.

GE espresso automatic machine front view

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