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Lelit Bianca Dual Boiler PID Espresso Machine w/ manual brew pressure profiling through flow control with grouphead needle valve and paddle

The Lelit Bianca has been selected as one of the top 12 most innovative products at the 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

  • Furthermore, this was against not only espresso machines, but also various food and drink recipes and equipment as well! Thanks to the Bianca’s game-changing manual brew pressure profiling, the espresso came out as perfect as it can get!

The Lelit Bianca espresso machine, made in Italy, is beautiful in design and has proven to be awesome in what she produces in the cup! Light roast, no problem! City roast, no problem! Dark roast, definitely not a problem! The paddle on top of the grouphead allows on the fly brew pressure profiling while you are watching the extraction and brew pressure gauge.

With dark roasts, you can smooth out the flavor of a spring piston lever machine that starts off with high brew pressure, then diminishes throughout the shot. With city and full city roasts, use a low-pressure profile to extract pure sweetness. Moreover, on light roasts,  experiment with any of your imaginary brew pressure profiles to find the best flavor in the cup! On June 4th, 2019, a customer who purchased his machine in April said the “Bianca makes stupid good coffee!” It is so true, with a good grinder, the espresso that comes out is amazing!

Another innovative design component! The external AND movable reservoir that does not heat when the machine has been on for hours like other machines do. The Bianca has a water reservoir that can be re-positioned on either side of the machine to suit your needs and your counter-top.  Don’t want a tank? No worries! The Bianca is directly plumb-able too, (even the drip tray is drainable!) All of these features are encased in a stainless steel body, with accents by wooden handles, feet, and lever.

Forget your shot timer! The Bianca has a shot timer built in to its LCC. The shot timer continues during the programmable pre-infusion and programmable soak time!

The PL162T Bianca espresso machine from Lelit, their newest, luxury, dual boiler espresso machine. With the Bianca, Lelit continues to outdo themselves and now lead the industry with the widest range of prosumer models. Additionally, it packs some of the best technology that will make any barista jump for joy. In other words, the Bianca has really disrupted the worldwide market for prosumer espresso machines with its manual brew pressure via flow control as well as its external reservoir!

Do you want more information?  Please read an independent UK review made for the Bianca. However, although there are a lot of details, please keep in mind of differences in performance, like warm up times being faster under 220 volts, or other small differences that may be made for the UK market, or changes in packaging, etc by the manufacturer for the UK market.

UPDATE July 31, 2019!!!! We have now been shipping the Bianca for exactly 11 months, and with proof, the Bianca is our most reliable prosumer espresso machine! In fact, for a dual boiler espresso machine, this is an accomplishment for your investment! Also, noteworthy news: the prototype Bianca we received in March of 2018 has been running 24×7 in our showroom WITHOUT the filter (as it was never included with the prototype). Additionally, we are happy to report, there have been no issues. We have been unsuccessful in our attempts to break the Bianca with abuse, limescale, and heavy usage.

Update August 9, 2019! The Lelit Bianca dual boiler espresso machine has proven so reliable for the past 11 months that we are able to offer a 3 year warranty limited to manufacturer’s defects. In addition, Lelit has changed the packaging to allow UPS shipping which has been successful for the past 2 weeks. All we ask is that if the unit arrives wet from our testing, please allow it to air dry for 24 hours prior to plugging the electrical cord into the back of the machine.

If you wish to have your machine turn on and off automatically or have your phone control it, we strongly suggest using Wemo as the preferred smart plug (minimum 15 amp rating) from your favorite mass market retailers. Many of our Bianca customers have successfully used Wemo smart plugs without any incidences to date. We are glad Lelit did not program a built in timer because then there would be no phone control to turn the machine on.

Bianca won 3rd place Best New Non-consumable Product at Coffeefest NYC 2019

  • This was impressive against all new products, not just espresso machines. The 1st E61 grouphead espresso machine with manual brew pressure profiling uses flow control during the extraction!

Not only does the machine include a PID controlled dual boiler, for those who are looking to experiment with pressure profiling/flow control seeking the Holy Grail; but, sitting on top of the legendary E61 grouphead is a wooden paddle that allows the user to manually adjust the brew pressure (control the flow of water) as the espresso shot is extracting! All under 16″ height! No need to pre-program it with fingers-crossed that your flavor profile will be to your liking. You have the control, right at your fingertips with a brew pressure readout at the group!

Clean design inside and out! Nice curves make Bianca look super sexy! Unlike other machines with multiple body panels, the Bianca affords one easy wraparound body panel to gain inside access. Inside, all wiring and layout are superbly placed for performance and easy repair. Even 2 bottom port holes for access to both heating elements in the powerful boilers.

After working with Lelit for two years on features and design, we finally (as of March 2018) have the prototype in our showroom for testing and feedback to the manufacturer. We have been running it 24/7 and trying to break it!  In addition, customers can make an appointment to see the machine in action in our Freehold, NJ location.

Steam power galore!

The Lelit Bianca powers some punch with steam power by programming the steam boiler up to 266 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, two tips are available with the machine. The smaller 2 holes with 1mm openings were included for those who wanted to steam with less power.

Control Brew Pressure on the Fly! A 1st for any E61 Grouphead

The wooden paddle and brew pressure gauge on top of the grouphead allows full manual control over the brew pressure (through control over water flow) as you are pulling your shot of espresso. Create different flavor profiles to your heart’s content!

Reservoir: Pick a side, any side!

Have you ever seen an espresso machine that gives you a choice where to put the water reservoir? The Lelit Bianca does! An even bigger benefit is that when the reservoir is on the outside, the heat built up on the inside of the machine is not heating the water in the plastic reservoir. The heated reservoir water on other machines can change the thermodynamics of the water entering the coffee boiler and thus the water going through the grouphead.

Even better, it also allows users to directly plumb it in, including the drip tray. When plumbed in, the reservoir assembly can be removed to save precious counter space.

Wooden Handled Bottomless Portafilter & Dual Spout Portafilter

3-cup bottomless portafilter with smooth wooden handle included with the machine. The 3 cup baskets can hold up to 22 grams of ground coffee (this depends upon the type of coffee and grind fineness as coarser grinds or lighter density coffees may less the 22-gram capability).

The dual spout portafilter also has a very nice wooden handle and two forward streaming spouts for easier espresso extraction viewing.

E61 Grouphead

The E61 grouphead ensures consistent water stability. Hot water circulates from the boiler through the grouphead and back. The result?  The grouphead and your portafilter stay nice and hot, especially important to get a great shot of espresso. A lever next to the grouphead easily activates the pump to draw water through the coffee grinds.

Built with Quality Materials

On the outside, the Lelit Bianca shines with stainless steel body polished to a mirror finish. Also, in the inside, it has two insulated stainless steel boilers with copper tubing connecting the boilers to the grouphead or valves. The 0.8-liter coffee boiler is matched to perform well with a 1000 watt heating element, and the steam boiler integrates very well with a 1400 heating element to pack a great punch of steam power!

Wooden Elements

Less plastic is always a bonus in our eyes. In addition to the portafilter handle wood crafted, the Lelit Bianca also has wooden accents on steam and hot water knobs, lever, wooden paddle, and feet! Furthermore, the wooden paddle on top of the grouphead diffuses the heat that builds upon the grouphead.

PID and Dual Pressure Gauge

Lelit adds their sophisticated PID system, that allows timed preinfusion, a reference timer, and a low-water level alert. A dual-pressure gauge on the other side of the machine measures both the boiler pressure (0-4 bar) on top and pump pressure (0-16 bar) on the bottom.

Multi-Directional Steam and Hot Water Wand

Allows for more flexibility. Rosette-style knobs control the separate steam and hot water wands, which are multi-directional. Moreover, the steam wand comes with a 2 hole steam tip (1.5mm holes). Hidden in the accessory box is a 2 hole tip with 1.0mm holes for those needing to froth fewer amounts of milk.

The wands are no-burn to the touch. Insulation on the inside allows you to move the wands easily to find the perfect angle you are seeking.

Quick Portafilter Removal

With the lever on the side of the grouphead brought to the down position, the brew pressure is relieved in the portafilter so it can be quickly removed and refilled. The result is usually a dry puck of coffee which you knock out. If not, there may be too much space (too little coffee) in the basket or an inconsistent/too fine a coffee grind.

Rotary Vane Pump and Motor

Produces a quieter extraction than a vibratory vane pump and much quieter than the ‘whiney’ gear driven pumps found on other brew pressure profiling espresso machines.  You can make adjustments underneath the espresso machine.

In addition, the rotary vane pump is so much more reliable than gear driven pumps. Gear driven pumps have magnetic drives which tend to fail sometimes in the first 3 months of ownership.

OPV (Overpressure Valve)

Lelit sets the OPV to open at 11 bar of brew pressure. Although adjustable, we strongly recommend not to adjust the OPV. The paddle on the grouphead adjusts the pressure at the grouphead. In addition, it is set at 11 bar so as to not allow the water if the coffee boiler to exit and cause potential damage to the heating element from a lack of water. If you need to lower the maximum brew pressure, it is best to adjust the rotary vane pump.

A Whirlwind of Accessories!

It’s AMAZING how much Lelit packed into their accessory box!

  • Instructional manual – Please read this manual first!
  • Stainless steel inlet water hose – ~4’10” L. Also comes with adapter fitting and gasket. If you are plumbing, please use only cold water with a backflow preventer and pressure regulator set to 35 psi.
  • Vinyl waste drain hose – ~4’8″ L x 3/4″ OD x 1/2″ ID.
  • Heavy stainless steel cup warmer grate – Sits above the top panel to prevent cup marks.
  • Rechargeable water softener filter – Good for up to 70 liters of water before recharge. Replace once a year.
  • Cleaning cloth – Nonabrasive antibacterial microfiber. Helps to remove smudges and stains on the body panel.
  • Stainless steel cover – For the water tank.
  • 58mm stainless steel tamper – No need to purchase a new one.
  • Extra steam tip – With 2 holes. Each hole measures ~1.0 mm.
  • Bottomless portafilter – Wood handle and stainless steel 3-cup filter basket.
  • Dual spout portafilter – Wood handle and stainless steel 1-cup filter basket and 2-cup filter basket.
  • Stainless steel blind filter basket – For backflushing.
  • Plastic grouphead cleaning brush – With nylon bristles to clean grouphead gasket.
  • Plastic scoop – If you are using ground coffee.
  • Stainless grate platform – Place over drip tray grate if you are using espresso cups or shot glass.
  • Accessories on the machine – Steam tip with (2) 1.5mm holes, 2.5-liter removable water reservoir, stainless steel drip tray & grate.

For more Lelit equipment, please visit our Lelit brands page. If you have any questions, please reference the Q&A tab on each product page.

Additional information

Brand

Lelit

Height (inches)

15.625, approximate

Width (inches)

11.5, approximate, PLUS 3.5 For Movable Tank

Depth (inches)

17, approximate, PLUS 3.5 For Movable Tank

Weight (pounds)

59, approximate

Wattage (watts)

Coffee – 1000, Steam – 1400

Voltage (volts)

120

Boiler capacity (liters)

Coffee – 0.8, Steam – 1.5

Portafilter size (mm)

58

Tank capacity (liters)

2.5

Country of manufacture

Italy

  1. Before Shipping: Please note that every Bianca is bench tested for 24 hours. There is a 24-48 hour process on weekdays. This means Friday 12 noon to Monday 11 AM EST does not count. There will be a delay between placing your order and receiving a tracking number.
  2. Shipping: As of August 1, 2019, all Bianca’s are shipping regular UPS ground.
  3. Receiving:

    • If there is any box damage, please immediately note it on the UPS signature line. No notation means you accept the shipment in good order.
    • If the machine arrives wet, please allow to air dry for at least 24 hours before plugging in. All units are drained after testing but not all the water can be removed. Some water may dislodge during shipping.
    • If there are any concealed damages or defects found once outside of the box, please notify us within 5 business days.
    • In any case above, please keep the original box and packaging if the unit must be shipped back out.
  4. Warranty: Please note any shipping to or from 1st-line Equipment (including under warranty) is not included. If at all possible for the customer, it is best they save the original box & packaging.
  5. Direct connect mode – There is a small plug underneath the machine that needs to be disconnected. This plug has the other wire going to the reservoir. In the machine accessories, there will be included a fitting cod. n.1600064 and gasket 8700013, which one needs to screw on the machine water inlet fitting to connect the machine to the mains water.
  6. Pre-infusion – In the Bianca, the pre-infusion works by programming the “Time ON: Xx S.” and “Time OFF: Xx S.” of the water pump. If Time ON is zero seconds, then pre-infusion is off and can be managed with the manual paddle.
    • Once the pre-infusion times (both “time ON” and “time OFF”) have been programmed, the coffee dispensing begins: the pump will be activated for the previously programmed “time ON” in order to wet the coffee puck. Once the “time ON” has elapsed, the pump will stop working for the previously programmed “time OFF”. Terminating the “time OFF”, the pump will start working again.
    • When extracting the espresso with the pre-infusion programmed, we recommend leaving the paddle, positioned completely to the right (maximum water flow) until the end of the pre-infusion time.
    • The internal parts of the E61 brewer have been modified to eliminate the mechanical pre-infusion normally present in the standard E61 brewers.
  7. Pump – The pump is a standard rotary pump, with the screw on the bottom body to adjust the pressure.
  8. Brew paddle – When the paddle is completely in the left position, the water flow is totally closed. So, by moving the paddle we move up and down a needle which goes into the restrictor/gicleur by decreasing or increasing the water flow and the pressure on the coffee puck.
  9. Construction – The construction is robust and the machine is really heavy. The tubing is a traditional all copper tube construction, it has great component quality and the excellent boilers are in stainless steel.
  10. Change in design – Newer models will not have the elbow. The hose will be attached directly to the vacuum valve.
  11. Thread on each foot: M8x12mm

Plumbing/Spacing

Connecting: The Lelit Bianca can be plumbed only into a cold water line. There is an included stainless steel hose and adapter. It is really easy as the water tank hose slides off and the black wire from under the reservoir can be disconnected under the machine. Then you can connect the included stainless steel braided hose. The water reservoir can be completely removed when plumbing directly to save counter space. Please also review our commercial espresso machine basic requirements.

Water pressure: The range in water pressure to avoid issues is 35-40 psi. The line should have a backflow preventer and separate shut-off valve, and it should be 3/8th preferable to avoid water line or mechanical vibrations.

Water treatment: We strongly suggest purchasing our BWT water treatment system for optimal protection. Size S, M, or V is good for the home. Larger sizes for office use. If you do not use BWT, please do not cry to us when you have costly limescale damage issues with your Bianca. The BWT system was designed for espresso machines! There is a flush valve so the paper sediment from filter manufacturing does not clog your Bianca’s internal valves, and the meter can be programmed to measure the amount of water you use so you can change the cartridge. Try to select the cartridge that will be changed about every 6 months as you want to avoid mold build up that can start at the 6-month mark.

Draining: For draining the drip tray, the drain hose needs to drop 1 inch for every 12 inches it moves horizontally. If not, there will be constant back up from the coffee grinds settling in the hose.

Additional dimensions: Below is a dimensional drawing of the Bianca which shows all the measures of the height including the wood feet, the brew paddle, and the top cover. We don’t suggest to use smaller feet, because on the bottom of the machine there is the elbow fitting which is already at 5mm from the counter.


Lelit PL162T Bianca diagram

Maintenance

Backflushing – should be performed with detergent minimum every 50 espresso extractions. A short backflush ‘can’ be performed daily. The paddle on the grouphead should be all the way to the right side of the grouphead.

For optimal performance reducing limescale, the MC747PLUS cartridge should be recharged every 70 liters or less. It should be replaced every 6 months minimum to avoid bacteria build up.

We do not advise descaling as we find machines last longer with limescale prevention. Descaling eats away at the metals and gaskets inside the machine. Thus, the internals weaken from both the scale build up as well as the descaler.

The grouphead gasket and dispersion screen should be replaced every 6-12 months.

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      Thank you for your inquiry. Although the Lelit Bianca dual boiler espresso machine does not have a phone app for the flow control device, the Lelit Bianca has a needle valve controlled by the wooden paddle (flow control device) which can be changed on the fly during the espresso extraction.

      From our understanding of the Dalle Corte Mina dual boiler espresso machine, there are only 5 programmed profiles that can be engaged with the lever and these 5 staged profiles can not be modified during the extraction.

      The Lelit Bianca allows infinite profiles through the use of the paddle with direct feedback on the grouphead brew pressure gauge. This simple methodology offers complete control. The reason is that as the roasted espresso coffee beans age, the oils tend to head inward of the bean with oxidation. The Bianca paddle allows instant adjustment during the extraction. The downside is a little more work reacting to creating the best espresso extraction possible. This is where absolute total control is available at a fraction of the price of a Dalle Corte Mina espresso machine, which currently sells for $8500 and was recently as high as $10,000.

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      The counters on the tank can track the refilling of the reservoir. The water softener can be recharged 1-2x per month. It should be replaced every 6 months to avoid build up of bacteria, mold, or fungus in the filter.

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      The differences in brew pressure usually result from the grind fineness, the amount of coffee in the basket, and/or the tamping pressure. The brew pressure gauge (on the grouphead) will show the maximum pressure from the resistance in the coffee puck in the filter basket, then the paddle can reduce the flow of water and pressure of water being exerted on the puck.

      The pump pressure gauge shows the actually pump pressure from the rotary vane pump.

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      Sorry, we can not always recommend procedures from other companies. We do have our own general instructions for draining dual boiler and double boiler espresso machines, such as the Lelit Bianca espresso machines.

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      Stainless steel is not a good alternative for the paddle or knobs on the valves. The reason is that these parts get awfully hot!

      We have heard some customers staining the paddle, knobs, and feet. However, we can not guarantee a success.

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      Great question!

      More important is emptying the water reservoir and allowing it to dry. Mold and/or dust can build up in any water reservoir on any espresso machine after 2 weeks.

      In all cases, the electrical plug should be removed from the wall outlet. The separate shut off valve should be closed on a direct plumbed-in unit (make sure to put a note on the machine to not power on the Bianca espresso machine until the water supply has been opened)

      As for the internals, if storage is in freezing temperatures, the boilers need to be emptied and the grouphead lever lifted up.

      If the machine remains in non-freezing temperatures, just power off the Bianca espresso machine.

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      A In response to the previous answer... The elbow and fastener was exactly what I was hoping to find but you made several good points that I had not considered. I will think about my options and share back if I end up trying to make it work.
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      A My previous machine (Isomac Tea II) was plumbed and had zero problems over the 10 years I had it. I did not direct plumb this unit simply because I was assured that the upgraded large filter that fits directly in the tank would eliminate the necessity of having to descale (if maintained properly), which is my intention. Having the lines directly plumbed would require for me to get back on a regular descaling program and with a dual boiler system it becomes a real chore. For this reason alone I would recommend using the tank rather than a direct plumb.
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      Yes, we recomend a flush valve to clean out any paper sediment in the manufacturing of the filter cartridge. A pressure reducer will reduce changes of leaks and also keep water pressure constant. We recommend these water test strips to monitor your water on a regular basis.

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      It is 3/8th BSPP which has a different pitch in the thread of US standard. You can read more in our basic installation requirements. We also have an example of the BWT system plumbed in. The BWT kit with their adapter hose works extremely well with plumbing in most European plumb-able espresso machines.

       

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      Sorry, this question was placed in the SPAM bin and we just noticed it. There are several methods to steam, stretch and froth milk. It does take some practice. Also, try both steam wand tips. Below is our video to show two different methods.

      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuRUtU4Fobw[/embed]

      You can also watch some of our tips and tricks on milk steam and frothing.

      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fC7nlLbvOs[/embed]

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      Please check the black wire under the reservoir platform. This may be unplugged. It could also be unplugged on the other end of the back wire that is towards the middle of the machine. Also, check the magnetic float in the reservoir that it is not stuck in the up position. The cap for the float can be removed to inspect the float.

      When the black wire is disconnected at the bottom of the Lelit Bianca espresso machine, it tells the machine it is in direct plumb mode.

      When the float gets near the bottom of the reservoir and the black wire is connected, it tells the machine it is in tank mode and the magnetic float acts as a signal to power down the machine.

      We hope this helps! If not, please contact us directly.

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      Unfortunately, this does happen. It can be the basket was stretched too many times and the filter screen portion is not consistent. But more often, it is a smaller particle of coffee that jammed into the filter screen and is causing a squirting redirection spurt outside of the cup and usually on the counter. This same thing happened to one of the partners yesterday when extracting an espresso with a nice white dress shirt on!

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      Thank you for your purchase of one of the greatest espresso machines of all time!

      As for your espresso making, there are no longer any rules with the Bianca! In the showroom, we pull 2-3 ounce espresso extractions up to 114 seconds. We also pull double shots at 20 seconds. The bottom line is what taste best in the cup!

      Personally, we like the 20 gram basket which we can get up to 22 grams inside, but it also depends upon the coffee beans used and the grind fineness.

      As for short backflushing, you can do this without detergent everyday, and once with detergent every 50 extractions. Paddle to right side when backflushing.

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      Sorry for the delay as this request was found between the cracks in the system. Currently, there are no other tips that will fit. However, we have been able to master frothing with either of the steaming tips enclosed with the Lelit Bianca espresso machine.

      As for the tamper, we apologize that we do not have an ETA for the tampers. Once they become available, we will add them to our web site.

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      Thank you for your inquiry.  We do ask for customers' patience once an order is placed. We bench test every plumb-able espresso machine for 24 hours with water only. We also inspect for any damages that may have occured in shipping from Italy to us and possible damage in our warehouse. After testing and inspection, we arrange shipping with a freight company who we pay extra to make an appointment window, up to 4 hours, with our customers. In the end, with roughly a 1-2 business day turnaround time, it leaks to much higher customer satisfactions rates.

      We can ship to your work address as long as they accept shipments for personal use and they are aware to note any shipping damage or crush marks on the boxes before signing the bill of lading.

      Shipping time is 1-6 business days dependent upon the trucking company and where in the USA the pallet will ship to. West coast usually is between 3 and 6 business days. East coast is usually between 1 and 4 business days.

      As for maintenance, the grouphead should be backflushed with detergent MINIMUM once every 50 espresso extractions. The water softener recharged with a salt water bath for 20 minutes and rinsed for 5 minutes 2x/month minimum. Replace the water softener minimum every 6 months. Gaskets and dispersion screen replaced once every 6-12 months based on usage. More usage means more frequently.

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      Lelit stated the following:

      "The Bianca machine is assembled with a rotary FULID-O-TECH pump, NSF approved. The pump is realized in CW510L /OT57 (brass), this alloy with max lead content 0,2%, allows the respect of the most restrictive laws in US.   

      The E61 brewer is made of brass (OT58 - "CW617N"), but a surface coating process (Stecrhome type- NSF regulation conformity) is performed, to reduce the lead migration."

      It is important to use the Lelit water softener to diminish the effects of limescale. The reason is that limescale and descaling will corrode all finishes, including that of the copper pipes and brass fittings inside all espresso machines that have copper and brass. This is why the pump and grouphead are not the only important items to look at for low lead when other components could also be involved.

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      The great news is that the tank assembly can be removed when plumbing the water line directly to the machine.

      We do suggest using the machine as a tank model for a few days to make sure everything is ok.

      When plumbing in any European espresso machine, the challenge is the BSPP metric connection to Amercian or National Pipe Thread (NPT). Hence, we normally recommend an additional hose and coupling to attach the machine hose to the BWT hose.

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      Yes, you can use the portafilters from ECM espresso machines, uncuding but not limited to the Barista, Techika, & Synchronika as long as they are of the 58mm E61 grouphead type.

      Yes, you can use the same backflush detergents. However, please use the included filter to avoid descaling. Descaling should be a last resort. If descaling, the filter needs to be removed.

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      We suggest first to backflush the grouphead as coffee oils may be impeding proper movement. If the problem persists, there is potential that purified, distilled, or reverse osmosis water has eaten away at the lubrication in the grouphead where the lever stem inserts. We recommend using a product called Pretrolgel.

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      We apologize for the confusion. The machine depth, without the portafilter on grouphead and with the reservoir on either side, is about 16".  If the reservoir stays in the rear, the depth would be about 19.5".

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      Sorry, from a technical perspective, this is too difficult to answer for ANY espresso machine, including competitive models we do not carry.

      The reason is based on the following:

      a) What is the actual voltage of the 110-120 volt outlet? Is it 108 volts, 110 volts, 115 volts, or 124 volts?
      b) What are the sized espresso extractions?
      c) How much milk is ounces is being steamed?
      d) Which material is the steaming vessel being used as ceramic and stainless steel require different warm up times and have different heat retention levels?
      d) What is the ambient temperature that affects heat dissipation from the machine?
      e) What is the room temperature of the water?

      Back to back espresso extractions we do not see a problem. These variables are more important in steaming and frothing.

      About 12 years ago, we did extensive testing for temperature stability at various points within and outside the double boiler espresso machine. There are many environmental variables that can affect performance, and this is a reason why we do not publish any data as many users would be unable to replicate results. Plus, most end users do not have the proper portafilter to measure temperature.

      The Bianca has replaced some of the lower priced dual boiler espresso machine you mention. In these cases, we have beard feedback that the Bianca wins in the steaming department. You can review one such case.

      "I am blown away by the steam power. I'm at 266 degrees and almost 2 bar. It is obscene compared to the BDB. It could (and probably should) be turned down, buts it's WAY too much fun steaming at Mach 6. What took a minute in the breville takes 12 seconds in the Bianca. It's harder to get good micro foam though. I need to practice. It's also a weird change learning to steam on the left side of the machine instead of the right."

      With respect to the 20-30 espresso shots, the Bianca we had at Coffeefest NYC 2019 was waiting more for the Eureka grinder! However, we did not steam any milk as we wanted to exemplify changing the flavor profiles in the espresso with the paddle.

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      Sorry, this one slipped through the cracks.

      The pre-infusion pressure is controlled by the paddle with a programmable time for pump pressure then soak time. It should not matter if plumbed in or direct water connection/plumbed-in mode. However, we will double check with Lelit.

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      Great question! We never backflush our prototype Lelit Bianca! Kidding!!!!

      Others may recommend differently, but we have our own favorite back flush / back wash routine every 50 extractions. We even created two videos!

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      Unfortunately, the feet can not be shortened as the machine has its direct water connection underneath and shorter feet will not provide enough clearance.

      The back of the machine should fit under 16" and you can situate the reservoir to either side of the Bianca espresso machine. It is the paddle that is higher.

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      Sorry, there is not one available at this time. Please note a 4 hole tip would need to have smaller holes as the thoroughput of steam with 4 larger holes "may not" allow the Bianca nor any other 110 volt double machine to properly maintain steam pressure or enough capacity for larger amounts (33-50 ounce) of milk.

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      Bella Barista has paid dearly to have this manual produced as their proprietary documentation. Unfortunately, we are certain they will not share this information However, there are a lot of Bianca machines sold in the USA, and there is a pretty good thread on home-barista.com where you can post your questions and share information.

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      Our recommendation starts with 3/8" or larger. The reason, as some of our customers have experienced before on a wide variety of espresso machines)  is that 1/4" or 1/8" can cause rattling inside the machine.

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      Thank you for your strong interest. The machine is well designed and well thought out. If it wasn't we would carry it like us not carrying other brands. In other words, we henpeck the best brands, and then henpeck the best models, so to speak.

      We have discussed with Lelit about extending warranties, but they are pretty firm on one year for their entire line. Keep in mind, other manufacturers also do NOT give extended warranties. They are offered by the dealer you purchase from. And, as many folks are not aware, if you purchase a double boiler from any of the dealers, the warranty of 1 year or extended warranty is still handled and performed by the dealer you purchased from - not the manufacturer or another dealer.

      Based on customer feedback, we have been discussing extended warranties for a few weeks, and actually yesterday, we have a drop down for purchasing an extended warranty of an additional 1 or 2 years to make the ultimate total up to 3 years.

      As with other brands, shipping is not included in the warranty for pallet shipment. In fact, most other dealers will charge to ship the parts under warranty to you and in most cases, shipping the parts back to them. We onyl ask customers to ship back select parts if the manufacturer wants it back.

      As usual, we will work with customers to perform diagnosis and self-repair at home. The good news, of all the machines shipped since September, we only had 2 small issues (water tank sensor and tiny leak at connection to tank hose - both easily resolved without any shipping of the machine) - a very good track record compared to some of the previous double boilers that we have carried in the past.

      In fact, one reason why we like the Bianca so much... is the included water treatment which reduces 90% of the potential issues that occur from the water.

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      The frame and body are all stainless steel. The top panel is held in with 12 screws, one of which secures the external reservoir assembly. To remove the stainless steel unibody, there are 5 screws on the bottom plus the one screw for the reservoir assembly. There is no black enamel painted steel frames that can peel and rust.

      There are two access ports on the bottom for the heating elements.

       

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      Q How is descaling both boilers performed? answer now
      Asked on September 12, 2018 3:01 pm
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      Descaling an espresso machine is no longer desired on an espresso machine, unless to correct another issue. The two main reasons are

      a) the descaler speeds up the wear and tear on an espresso machine - eating away at the metals and gaskets, and/or

      b) the descaler eats up the protective finishes on the internal copper pipes and brass fittings.

      Hence, preventative measures through water treatment are highly desirable for espresso machines. Water treatmment not only means filtering the water, but softening the water. Most filters do not soften water. Most filters only remove bad taste, foul odors, carbon, and sediment from the water. Water softeners remove the lime scale causing minerals that filters do NOT remove. Hence, water softeners are super important. The Bianca already includes an in tank water softener. For direct plumbing, the BWT kit is strongly recommended.

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      Thanks for asking and more importantly,protection your machine that most espresso machine owners do not do.

      It really depends upon the outlet. If you have a 20 amp outlet (usually with one terminal having a T shape), get the 20 amp surge suppressor. If a 15 amp outlet, then the 15 amp surge suppressor should be acquired.

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      Great questions! Technically... Warm up time depends upon the room ambient temperature. If outside in the winter or a room temp of 60 d F in air conditioning will result in a longer warm up time then in 80 d F southern USA temperature zones. Also, small impacts are made if the outlet is 110 volts of actual electrical voltage or 124 volts actually in the outlet. Hence, the average range for warm up time is about 30-60 minutes with a general average of 45 minutes for both boilers.

      If the steam boiler is turned off, then the warm up time of the coffee boiler is about 15-30 minutes.

      Although the machine has an economy mode to save energy, the Bianca does not have a built in timer for powering the machine on/off. However, the machine can be used with an external timer as long as a surge suppressor (1080 joules or higher) protects the machine from the timer AND the economy mode is turned off.

      If the machine is in economy mode, then the warm up time is about 25 minutes average (timer can not be used as the machine needs power to maintain economy mode).

       

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      There is no need for 20 amp mode any longer. 20 amp mode existed in the beginning of prosumer double machines when the technology was not as good. Most prosumer double machines now are designed to work effectively in 15 amp mode by redesigning other components as well as the electronics that manage electrical power.

      We just updated our web page for the Lelit Bianca espresso machine with an alternate foot available. Shorter feet are not possible as there is hardware under the frame for direct plumbing.

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