Lelit Bianca Dual Boiler PID V2 Espresso Machine w/ Manual Brew Pressure Profiling

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Description

Lelit Bianca Dual Boiler PID V2 Espresso Machine with Manual Brew Pressure Profiling through Flow Control with Grouphead Needle Valve and Paddle

Lelit Bianca Version 2 Upgraded Features, as of 1/20/2020!

Instant Stand-By Sleep Mode

By holding the plus and minus button simultaneously for three seconds on the LCC display, the machine will go into sleep mode. Please note the LCC must have sleep mode turned ‘on’ in the menu for 30, 60…up to 540 minutes. This is just a quick way to get the machine into standby mode where the coffee boiler is maintained at 80 degrees C and the steam boiler is turned off.

Reserve Mode for Water Reservoir

The machine can perform the espresso extraction while the water level is low in the reservoir. Also, if the water level in the reservoir is just above the low water indicator, the extraction will continue for 60 seconds after the LCC indicator shows low water. Thus, this will save the espresso shot!

Instant Economy Mode for Powering Coffee Boiler Only

By holding the minus button for three seconds, users can deactivate the steam boiler and maintain the programmed temperature of the coffee boiler.

Actual Boiler Temperature Display

Press the LCC plus button on the right side ONCE quickly and hold to see the current coffee boiler temperature. Press the LCC plus button TWICE and hold quickly to see the actual steam temperature.

Shot Clock Timer Display Delay

At the end of extraction, the shot clock time will continue to show on the LCC for 20 seconds.

Steam Temperature
  • The maximum steam boiler temperature increased from 125 degrees C to 135 degrees C (266 degrees F to 275 degrees F).
  • The minimum steam boiler temperature on both V1 and V2 are consistently 115 degrees C (239 degrees F).
  • No change is necessary for the safety valve on the steam boiler! In fact, the boiler and boiler safety valve for 3 bar allow increases on the version 1 espresso machines.

All about the Lelit Bianca espresso machine!

The PL162T Bianca espresso machine from Lelit is their newest luxury dual boiler espresso machine. After over two years of studying with a well-known espresso academy in Italy, many baristas, professionals, including 1st-line, the Lelit Bianca espresso machine was built from the ground up and designed for flow control through the brew pressure paddle. There are many secrets learned from the two years. In fact, one of those secrets from the espresso academy was the precise range of flow to create the best espresso.

Thus, we can certainly say that the Bianca is more than just a flow control device slapped on to an E61 espresso machine. Since September 2018, our customers started switching out their $8000+ espresso machine for the Bianca! Don’t be fooled by Lelit’s advertising if you are not a barista…

With the Bianca, Lelit continues to outdo themselves and now leads the industry with the widest range of prosumer models. However, although the Lelit Bianca can be a beginner dual boiler espresso machine, 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 prosumer espresso machine market. This is all thanks to its manual brew pressure via flow control as well as its external reservoir! In fact, the needle for the flow control is made of stainless steel and the gicleur is made of brass. This prevents galling between same metals under intense heat.

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! And, the wooden paddle diffuses the high intense heat emanating from a super hot E61 grouphead. Thoughtful design by Lelit!

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.

Finally, after working with Lelit for two years on features and design, we (as of March 2018) have the prototype in our showroom for testing and feedback to the manufacturer. We are 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.

The Lelit Bianca Italian espresso machine is beautiful in design and proves 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 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 operates for hours like other machines do. Furthermore, the Bianca has a water reservoir that can re-position 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 in a stainless steel body, with accents by wooden handles, feet, and lever.

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

The Lelit Bianca was 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!

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

Bianca Award

  • 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!

 

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.

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.

 

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 now allows for UPS shipping rather than pallet 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.

Features

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? Well, 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.

Additionally, 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. However, 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. Effective March 30, 2020, a blind filter holder slot is built into the frame below the drip tray.
  • 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 –  2.5-liter removable water reservoir, stainless steel drip tray & grate, and effective March 30, 2020, the four-hole steam tip replaces the two 1mm holes steam tip.
      • You will find the nozzle with two holes at 30° and 1mm of diameter (22/100) directly assembled on the machine. The nozzle with four holes at 60° and 1mm of diameter (22/108) will be positioned in the supply box.

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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

Espresso Machine Warning:

  • ELECTRICAL WARNING: To avoid electrical damage to this espresso machine which is not considered a manufacturer's defect, please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. the lack of the recommended surge suppressor, the espresso machine can be damaged at the power switch, the electronics, the heating element, the pressurstat or the wiring inside.
  • WATER WARNING: To increase the useful life of and not damage your espresso machine, please use softened water. Softened water is water without calcium and without magnesium, but still has other minerals for espresso extraction. Do not use distilled water, purified water, nor reverse osmosis water as these types of water create oxidation with the metals and cause the same damaging effects as limescale.
  • DESCALING WARNING: We do not recommend descaling unless there is an issue with the espresso machine. The reason is that too much descaling can eat away at the metals and gaskets inside an espresso machine.

  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

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

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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      1. 0 votes
        A I might be misunderstanding the question, but I am assuming you are talking about the group head pressure gauge rather than temperature. I had an issue once where I could not get the pressure gauge to go higher than 4 Bar. I simply made the coffee grind finer and that took care of the issue. It was just not fine enough to create enough back pressure in the basket. I suppose it is possible that tamp pressure is too light but that is less important than the grind size. Again, I might be misunderstanding your question.
        A A quick check is to use the blind portafilter basket. That will provide full back pressure, so the group head pressure will go to the max the pump is set to. If it then shows 10+, then the only problem is the grind/tamp. It is not fine enough to provide sufficient resistance to pump pressure. You simply grind finer. You will know when you go too far as you will either have no coffee extracted at all (basically too fine, blocked portafilter), or extraction will be too slow eg 40secs or even a minute or more. If however, the head pressure shows less than 10 with the blind basket, then the issue is not the grind. It can only be pump pressure bypass setting, flow control calibration issue, or the pressure gauge itself is faulty. That is also easy to check - with the blind basket, the head pressure and pump pressure gauges should be identical (factory 11 bar I believe). If they both read approx 11, then everything is fine, it's your grind. If the pump reads 11 and the group reads 4 with the blind basket, or they both read 4, there is an equipment issue somewhere. Hope that helps.
      2. 0 votes
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        Thank you for the follow up. Lelit has confirmed if you have RT (real temperature turned on), the temperature is programmed to overshoot during warm up. The LCC V1 will not show this.

      3. 0 votes
        A Could it be a problem with the new LCD? Can you switch back to the old one?
        A Yes, I also notice that the brew temp gets up to 240F on my Bianca after V2 update. And now my steam boiler is not heating up and I am still waiting the answer from 1st-line. May be I should just change back to ol LCC.
        Answered by the admin

        Most likely, it could be the cable ribbon was installed in the incorrect slot on the back of the LCC. Please double check it. You can confirm by putting back the old LCC.

        It could be coincidental that the probe wire from the brew boiler has covered with limescale or oxidation. Remove the filter from the reservoir and run about 16 or more ounces of descaler (not backflush detergent) through the grouphead only. White vinegar can be used, as well.  Let it sit for 2 hours, then run 32 ounces of water through the grouphead only.

         

      4. 0 votes
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        Please make sure the steam boiler is turned on in the LCC.

        In addition, you may have inserted the ribbon cable into the wrong slot on the back of the LCC. We believe this because many others have upgraded without issue.

        A I make sure the stem boiler is turned on in the LCC, also make sure that the ribbon cable is inserted on the right side (on black color slot). And everything is working fine for about a month after the LCC upgrade.
        Answered by the admin

        If the new LCC V2 worked for a month, then most likely is not the new LCC V2 .  When the LCC fails, the machine will usually not function at all. Hence, this issue is pointing towards the steam boiler itself.

        Please unplug the machine from the outlet, allow to fully cool, and remove the water reservoir or disconnect from plumbing. Remove the body panel.

        Checking Heat Element
        Please check underneath after removing the port hole cover under the steam boiler. Please check for loose or burnt wiring. If you have a continuity tester or multimeter, remove the 2 connections and check the heating element for continuity or an ohm reading of 8 to 20 ohms. Then contact us directly via email or the contact us/need help form on our web site with your details.

        Checking Wire Connections
        The 2 wires from the steam boiler heating element post need to be tracked back and make sure they are connected on the other end. On top of the steam boiler, there may be 2 sets of red wires. The center set of 2 on the steam boiler need to be checked back at the brain unit. The second set connected to the top outer perimeter of the steam boiler should not be connected.

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        A For future readers of this question, I ended up just pulling off the melting plastic part and running the tubing directly onto the metal fitting, as seen in https://www.1st-line.com/buy/lelit-mc4000027-spare-kit/ (see the tube running vertically into the steam boiler). It is working for now. However, with the tubing included in the V1, the fit is a bit tight. I intend to get the linked four-way connector whenever it's back in stock because that kit comes with more generous runs of tubing.
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        Sorry, your first question was not as clear as the second time. Even a customer understood it as the plumbing.

        Similar to competitive models, the internal pipes are currently manufactured in copper with brass fittings and brass valves. The Lelit Bianca includes a water softener to prevent limescale and to lessen the chance of having to perform a descaling. Scale build up can occur on stainless steel as we have seen in the past. Hence, proper softened water is essential for not only the machine's long term reliability, but also for the espresso extraction.

        We will share your desire with Lelit, but stainless steel pipes usually increase the price of the machine by minimum $200, and this is something that does not happen in just a few weeks. In addition, when there is a lot of stainless steel, there is a potential for galling.

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        A I have had a Bianca for 1 1/2 years. It comes with a stainless hose that allows it to be plumbed in . You can use it with the water tank OR plumb it in. I have it connected to a WBT water filter/softener (a MUST have) and it has been working perfectly for 1 1/2 years. All you have to do is remove a plug on the bottom of the Bianca that the water tank goes to and screw the stainless hose on to the Bianca water intake.
        Answered by the admin

        The Lelit Bianca dual boiler espresso machine can be used in reservoir or plumbed in mode. The stainless steel braided hose is included with the machine.

        We always suggest using, where possible, all plumb-able espresso machines in tank mode. The reason is to make sure issues are not created by the water line pressure. After a few weeks in reservoir mode, plumb in the Lelit Bianca dual boiler espresso machine per our requirements.

        If an issue comes up, then we know it is the plumbed in water line. If the water line pressure is too high or too low, there will be issues with the pump making strange noises.

      8. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin Most upgrades can usually occur. The distinguishing feature is the higher temperature that can be achieved for the steam boiler.
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        Answered by the admin Please make sure the water reservoir is fully inserted. Push down hard. Check the hose underneath as a kink will cause strange noises. Inside the reservoir, please make sure the internally parts are snug and in position. Check the pump screw on bottom in case the pump may have moved. Hold the pump screw while the pump is running to see if the noise is from the pump hitting the frame. Lastly, remove the shower screen and test as well.
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        A I am using the Bianca in the Denver area (at 6400 feet) with no issues other than overconsumption of yummy espresso! I set the water temperature to 201 and do extensive profiling. I'm beyond delighted with the Bianca.
        Answered by the admin One of our customers in Denver has been testing their Bianca at the 50-60 minute mark after startup from a cold state. The problem with high elevation is steam exiting the grouphead after a full warm up. The steam stops at between 192 and 194 d F. The reason is that there is programming in the algorithm to overheat the coffee boiler at start ups so full electrical power can drive a quicker warm up of the steam boiler. Hence, by the time the steam boiler heats, the coffee boiler has cooled to have both boilers ready. One can operate the coffee boiler temperature at 201 d F, but a cooling flush will probably be needed. We are further working with our customer to learn more at higher elevations.
        A We live in the Swiss Alps, at about 1700m or 5650 feet altitude. From a coffee boiler temp of 95° Celsius (203°F) upwards , I had sometimes vapor exiting the gouphead. Lelit advised to reduce KPc to 0.2 and KDc also to 0.2 to heat less aggressively causing less overshoot. In Theory, at 203°F and our altitude water should already boil. But since then no issues with vapor at the grouphead. And most importantly, the shots are good!
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        A Hi there, probably in the user manual, but if I recall, you'll want to turn off the machine and let it get totally cold, then unscrew the lever assembly and apply NSF grease. I would consult the manual first. Also, sometimes this happens after cleaning with detergent, and a few uses will lubricate with oils from the coffee.
      12. 0 votes
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        The free spin in the knobs is normal and expected for non-compression valves. Please watch our videos....

      13. 0 votes
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        Chances are the issue is NOT the pump as the bianca has an upgraded pump.

        Make sure the reservoir is full inserted. Push down hard on the reservoir.

        In tank mode, remove the water softener and test. If it improves, then the water softener needs recharging or replacement. If in plumbed in mode, check inbound water line pressure and any filters water softeners in place. You may need to bypass those water softeners or filters to test the machine.

        With the backflush insert inserted into the portafilter and locked into the grouphead, lift the lever for 30 seconds. It is normal for the water to exit the lower grouphead valve.Check to see if the little spount has a lot of leakage as the OPV inside may be contaminated and redirecting the water pressure to the little spout on front.

        Use detergent to backflush the group to clean the gaskets in the lower valve.

        Lastly, shut off steam boiler. In tank mode without the water softener, run descaler (or white vinegar) through the coffee boiler with the blind insert in the portafilter. 30 seconds on/30 seconds off. Repeat 5 times. Let sit for 20 minutes. Repeat 6 times. Sit for 20 minutes. Repeat 6 times and let sit for 20 minutes. Then rinse reservoir, run half a quarter tank of water through the grouphead every 10 minutes until empty.

        Hopefully one of these resolve your issue.

        A Hello again. Thank you for your answer and helpful tips. I have indeed checked piece by piece the circuit from the tank (only used it in tank mode, with soft water and without the provided cartridge) to the E61 group (I have also lubricated the camshaft of the lever with this occasion and noticed that the mushroom - although not having obvious scale deposits - had some spots where the coating is gone and brass is showing -> I will consider replacing this soon). The pressure issue was fixed by replacing the pump finally. The particular issue with my pump was the bypass plunger(19) - spring(14) assembly that the bypass screw(22) pushes into ( see numbers in image https://www.home-barista.com/forums/userpix/269fot_br_2.jpg). This assembly remained blocked in the screw, thus not pushing the valve(13) hard enough and water was taking the internal pump bypass way when pressure was building too high in he brew circuit. Eventually it should have been easy to fix, but I did not figure it out until I had another pump to compare. You live, you learn.
        Answered by the admin Thanks for the update. To date, 1st-line has not replaced any pumps on the Bianca in the USA. Hence, you may have purchased the Bianca elsewhere as we have not sent out any Bianca pumps. The flaking in the mushroom is usually caused by limescale or descaling or purified water. In the 23 years in business, we have only seen the parts you described to fail where there was limescale.
      14. 0 votes
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        Sorry, we were not clear. We are still investigating changes to the internal programming of the PID parameters which are modified through the LCC. This is not easy, and it may take a few months as some Bianca customers are helping us because 1st-line and Lelit are not physically located at high altitudes.

      15. 0 votes
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        We suggest holding off with the Bianca for now. We are working with a customer in Denver at ~5500 feet above sea level to figure out the configurations. There will definitely need to be a reconfiguration of the internal LCC parameters, but we are trying first at the lower elevation.

        A Thank you so much for your response. We are thrilled that you have someone there actually working on a real solution to the high altitude brewing issue, as opposed to just giving us a theoretical answer! Hopefully you'll be able to figure it out soon.
      16. 0 votes
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        Sorry, Lelit is not revealing this information.

      17. 0 votes
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        Thanks for the inquiry. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has disrupted the shipment of some parts and the MV747PLUS water softener. In the interim, please recharge the softener.

      18. 0 votes
        A I am sure that you will eventually be able to get a replacement. If your tank cannot be repaired...JB Weld can work wonders, you could run the machine off of a bottle. Set it up like you were going to plumb it in, and simply place the hose into a bottle sitting next to the machine. A backflow preventer on the end of the hose is suggested. Jim can probably advise on that, and can likely order you a new tank. I ran an HX machine with a rotary pump this way for years, without any issues.
      19. 0 votes
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        Sorry, we are expecting more mid-to late June 2020. The Lelit Bianca, being designed from the ground up, has blown away the competition, including copy cat manufacturers who do not realize that its not just the paddle and flow control that need to be copied. There are a lot more secrets in the Bianca than just meets the eye.

      20. 0 votes
        A I believe that is the part number for the portafilter gasket. The Lelit grouphead dispersion screen is MC1600069L1 E61 and available on this site. MHM
      21. 0 votes
        Q What grinder would you recommend to pair with the Bianca? answer now
        Asked by Matt Rathbun on May 4, 2020 2:42 pm
        A I have a Niche Zero paired with my Bianca. It is a great grinder, IMO.
        A Mazzer
      22. 0 votes
        Q Hi, Does IMS shower E61200NT fit the lelit bianca answer now
        Asked by M013 on April 27, 2020 11:17 pm
        Answered by the admin

        Yes, it should.

      23. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin Please unplug the machine from the electrical outlet and allow to full cool down. Please remove top cover and email us a photograph of the entire top.
      24. 0 votes
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        Check the black wires under the machine. Power off machine. Disconnect and reconnect each side.

        Check the float in the reservoir and make sure it is not stuck in the up position.

      25. 0 votes
        A Randy, I would first check the grouphead screen, which I regularly clean (by prying it down with a butter knife). Once removed from the groughead, you will see if it needs additional cleaning.
        A Check your Grouphead screen (by prying it down with a butter knife). If you have detached and cleaned in 18 months, I guarantee it is restricting flow.
        A I have changed the group head screen on 2 occasions and have cleaned it once over the 18 month lelit life. I inspect it at least every 6 months with a new portafilter gasket installed. All looks very clean and within the group head inside of the screen. Remember, the flow from the group head with no screen present looks very slow as well. Another admin response to me instructed me to upload my videos, where do I upload my videos of the timing and operation of the grouphead?
      26. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin We are assuming you have the paddle all the way to the right. The backflush blind filter will take longer to register as the blind needs to fill with water. You may have too much space between the screen and your coffee level in the basket. This space will delay Please post the video links here so other Bianca owners and us can take a look at it.
      27. 0 votes
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        Unusual fluctuation noises on rotary vane pumps usually result from the following:

        a) In tank mode, the water softener is impeding the flow. You can test this by removing the softener, and attaching the intake hose tothe bottom adapter as connected when the machine was first delivered. If there is no more fluctuations, then the softener needs to be recharged 2-4x per month and replaced every 6 months.

        b) In tank mode, there is an air pocket in the water softener or the hose is not properly attached. Fill water tank to above the water softener and run pump. Note where on water softener where pump changes and inspect for any holes in the water softener above that point.

        c) In direct plumbed in mode, check the water line hose for any kinks. Make sure the water line pressure is between 35 and 40 psi. Check the filter and water softener by bypassing them and seeing if the fluctuation goes away.

      28. 0 votes
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        This sounds about right. Please make sure the machine is warmed up fully - meaning temperature is not flashing on the LCC.

        The hot water does exit with steam.

        The only other thing is that the knobs were over tightened and the internal gasket is sticking. The valve would need to be disassembled through the front when the machine is cold.

        Lastly, limescale can build up inside an espresso machine in as little as two weeks. We had one Bianca owner who used the tank filter, never recharged it, and had limescale in less than 4 months. Do not underestimate the damage caused by limescale.

      29. 0 votes
        A Edit to question: Sorry. 2.5 bar was a typo. Steam boiler pressure is just a tad over 1.5.
        Answered by the admin

        The steam boiler can be too low in temperature. Try 255 degrees F. In addition, if you have scale build up OR the water is too pure, the the water level may be too high inside the steam boiler.

        If too much water, you need to open the hot water valve and see how much water fills a measuring cup before the boiler refill kicks in the pump. Close the hot water valve once the pump kicks in.

        Lastly, limescale can impede the flow of the hot water pipe inside at the bottom of the boiler. We have seen limescale build up there on all types of machines.

      30. 0 votes
        A The water that comes out the arm on the right hand side is from the steam boiler. You can adjust the temperature via the LCC to as low as 239F.
      31. 0 votes
        A Hello, try more experimentation with your beans, grind and dosage. I’m a home roaster and find there is a tremendous difference between bean density & roast level. Every bean we extract is fresh, rested 3 days and never over a couple of weeks after roast. Be sure to purchase only fresh beans with a “roasted on” date, not an expiration date to be certain they are fresh. We tend to drink 3 Americano’s per day. All 3 are different beans. The roast levels vary. Similar to what a professional barista does, I test every roast by pulling shots before eventually long term knowing an approximate grinder and dose setting. I keep notes and mark each bean on the canister with a weight and grinder setting. I leave Bianca settings with a 5 second pre infusion, open the paddle fully after that and keep the pressure garage around 9 bar watching the naked portafilter closely and constantly adjusting the paddle to keep the flow where I want it. I do not pay attention to the shot time. Today we have an Ethiopian light roast dosed at 20 g, Baratza Forte grinder at setting 2 k. 30 gram shot, time 90 seconds. Next a Mexican medium roast doses at 22 g, Grinder setting 2 E. 30 gram shot, time 40 seconds. The Ethiopian while less coffee is a much larger amount in the portafilter even though it is 2g less. This is due to density. All other adjustments of the shots are done with the paddle and timing. I find it’s easy to both under and over extract every bean. It’s all a matter of the roast, dose, & grind. Watch Jim’s videos on extended length shots. I often allow a shot to go well into 1.5-2 minutes when it’s tight and under extracting. It’s all good. Bianca makes the best coffee we’ve had in over 40 years “experimenting “ with countless espresso and coffee machines.
        Answered by the admin Our opinion, it is best to use 20-22 grams in a double filter cup basket. We did escalate this issue to Lelit who responded with "Probably to saturate the coffee puck we need more water. I suggest to start 1 position and try for 3 days, If it is not enough, then open one position more." Bianca 7900154-REV.00 Water flow rate adjustment - PL162T
      32. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin Make sure the paddle or flow control is full open at start. If near the closed position, it will take longer, especially for super fine grinds.
      33. 0 votes
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        Yes, from our 23 years of experience, metallic tastes are resultant of the water being used. Although we cannot pinpoint the exact water, we believe water with too low of a TDS will make this occur.

        If manufacturing was the issue, it would be very widespread. However, these one offs particularly are the resultant of the water being used. Use tap water for a week, then use bottled water (that is NOT distilled, purified, not reverse osmosis) and taste test.

      34. 0 votes
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        Sorry, we are working on a limited capacity inhouse due to the Coronavirus and employees working remotely from home. During backflushing, the grouphead's bottom spout will allow water to exit and enter the drip tray. When making espresso, if the grind is too-too fine, it is possible that all the water will be directed to the drip tray.

        First step is to coarsen the grind to where 10 bar is achieved on the grouphead gauge. If it still leaks through the spout of the grouphead, second step is to power down the machine, unplug the machine's electrical cord from the wall outlet, and allow to full cool. The bottom spout can be removed. The gasket will need to be checked for any contaminants, such as a metal shaving, embedded coffee build up, etc. Once inspected and corrected, re-assemble and test.

      35. 0 votes
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        For storage up to 2 weeks, just empty the reservoir, power off machine and unplug from wall outlet. If plumbed in, unplug from wall outlet and turn off separate water shutoff valve.

        Grouphead water pressure sounds about right. IIRC, Lelit stated 110-110 mL per 20 seconds.

        The temperature is based on what tastes best for your espresso blend.

        As for the drip to drip, this depends upon your preparation. It will depends upon pre-infusion, grind fineness, and position of the paddle.

        A Follow up to my original question: is there a way to post a video of the steps taken to make an espresso for others to see, critique, review?
        Answered by the admin

        If you visit our Facebook page, we do have a Bianca owners group whereby you can share info, videos, etc.

      36. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin

        We believe the Wemo smart plug is the best for the Lelit Bianca espresso machine!

      37. 0 votes
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        Yes, we do have these large 2 cup filter baskets for the Lelit espresso machines with 58mm handles on our web site. We also have competition filter baskets.

      38. 0 votes
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        1/4" would be the minimum, but 3/8th is best. The reason is that smaller diameter tubes can cause vibration of the pump. In addition, we recommend using the Lelit Bianca espresso machine in tank mode for a few weeks. Like this, we know the machine works correctly and we remove the possibilities that the machine is at fault when connected to the water line.

      39. 0 votes
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        The Lelit Bianca was designed for optimal performance at 15 amps. No switches to press. No plugs to change. No worry about 20 amps.

        Answered by the admin

        To clarify, you can still use a 20 amp outlet.

      40. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin Without tank in back, electrical plug sticks out ~1.25". The paddle has different positions. With the paddle in the full open or full closed position, the depth on top is ~8.75" So, about 10" depth.
      41. 0 votes
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        Sorry to hear about this. After powering off the machine, allowing it to cool, and unplugging the electrical cord from the wall outlet, please proceed to remove the top cover. Check for any loose hoses or leaks. If you have one of the very first units, check the white elbow on top of the steam boiler. There have been a few issues where the white elbow became warmed and disconnected fromt he vacuum breaker valve. The solution is to remove the white elbow and place the silicone hose directly into the bleeder valve as is done on the latest versions.

      42. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin It is a manual push button to turn on. The button can be kept depressed and the machine can be plugged into a SMART timer. The smart timer we strongly recommend, which we have seen no issues to date, is the WEMO. The WEMO can be purchased at major retailers at a price lower than our cost. DO NOT ever use mechanical timers as we believe they cause issues on espresso machines. Although many electrical engineers will disagree with us, we are the ones who see more electrical damages from mechanical timers as the first question we ask is if the espresso machine was on a timer and what type.
        Answered by the admin A good warm up time is 45 minutes for both boilers. If just powering the coffee boiler, than it should be about 20-30 minutes. Of course, the warm up depends upon actual voltage in your outlet and ambient temperature.
        A I did exactly that. I purchased a Wemo. It's easy to use and works well. I have it programmed to turn on and off at selected times. Yesterday I went skiing. From the mountain, I turned the Bianca on with the app. on my phone. It was hot and waiting when I got home!
        A Yes, you can use a common timer to turn on/off your Bianca.
        Answered by the admin

        The Bianca espresso machines does not have programmer capability for turning on and off. The reason is that most espresso machines with this programming logic can only be turned off once or twice per day. We strongly suggest a WEMO smart timer. With a WEMO, the smart timer can be programmed multiple times per day as well as turned on and off from your phone.

        We do not recommend a mechanical timer as we have seen many customers with many different machines experience surges that damaged electrical components. We have not seen this yet with WEMO.

        However, it is still a good idea to put a surge suppressor with a 1080 joules rating in place for all appliances, including espresso machines and coffee grinders.

      43. 0 votes
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        If there is no leakage in the manual valve below the group head (not the OPV spout on the front wall), then this mostly pertains to the coffee and grind fineness. Sometimes, in the beginning, the ground coffee swells (higher pressure) and then channeling occurs forming a lower pressure.

        Remember, the gauge on the group head is the result of the pressure created by the amount of resistance from the fineness of the grind, amount of ground coffee in the basket, and the tamping pressure.

        A It’s normal for the grouphead pressure to decrease as the shot runs down- the coffee puck becomes less dense during extraction and offers less resistance, so pressure drops. If your grind and puck preparation are not great the shot will channel, run really fast, and the pressure will drop quickly.
      44. 1 vote
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        This was a surprise for us when Mauro, one of the 4 brothers who owns Lelit, visited us last week on Monday and announced to us just as the shipment was being unloaded from the container Monday morning. They were keeping this a secret.

        Mauro said replacement upgraded V2 LCC units will be available hopefully by end of March. They will cost about $100 just as the price of the Version 2 went up $100, but we will have an alternative offer, as well. Please wait for details in an email from us.  The really interesting part is that the steam boiler safety valve does not need to be replaced because they already built the structurual integrity of the boiler for minimum 3 bar pressure as well as the safety valve opening at 3 bar. Lelit just amazes us how they think ahead!

      45. 0 votes
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        Sorry for the delay as there was an issue with the Q&A system. It seems the OPV (over pressure valve) may need a cleaning. A particle or limescale could be holding it open. Increase the pressure in the OPV. If it does not solve it, please let us know by calling Jim.

        A OP here - this turned out to be user error on my part. This was caused by me not fully raising the brew lever. If I make sure it's perpendicular to the machine then there is no more leakage out the drain valve.
        Answered by the admin

        Yes, after reviewing your video, the lever on the grouphead was not pulled up all the way.

      46. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin

        Hi,

        The Lelit Bianca has an E61 grouphead. Our Faema gasket will fit this model.

      47. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin

        Sorry, we are not water experts and are unable to comment about your water. hence, we still recommend using the filter provided by Lelit.

      48. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin

        Sorry, we do not make instructions for each individual machine. Our basic instructions are suitable for the Bianca with the addition of leaving the paddle in the full open (right side) position).

      49. 0 votes
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        It is better to use a Flojet or similar style pump because double duty (pulling and pushing water) will decrease its useful life over time. In addition, since the water reservoir will be deactivated, it is important that the Lelit Bianca espresso machine does not run out of water. The reason is that the external reservoir can be empty, the boilers in the machine run out of water, and the heating element or both get damaged as the machine thinks there is a constant supply of water being in direct plumbed mode. Hence, the external water reservoir always needs to be filled, and the external pump always needs to be powered on.

        A Yes, it can be done. A rotary pump can easily pull water from a bottle. I did it for years with an HX machine. I would not put the bottle lower than the machine, though.
      50. 0 votes
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        The PID temperature adjustment capability will assist you in this high altitude scenario on the Lelit Bianca Dual Boiler espresso machine.

        A I'm at 6180ft and as the prior responder indicated, I had no issues with adjusting upon receipt. I'm making great shots and nice milk drinks after experimenting with various temp and infusion rates. I lived previously at sea level and the adjustments needed to brew at altitude were minor and mostly on the portafilter handle side.
      51. 0 votes
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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.

      52. 0 votes
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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.

      53. 0 votes
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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.

      54. 0 votes
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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.

      55. 0 votes
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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.

      56. 0 votes
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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.

      57. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin

        Thank you for your inquiry. Numerous Lelit Bianca customers have plumbed in their drip tray catch basins without a hitch. In very few cases, the Bianca espresso machine did need to have the machine raised by unscrewing the feet downwards.

        The majority of espresso machines with a plumb-in drain option have a catch basin. This allows for the removal of the drip tray to be removed and cleaned for sanitary reasons. If the metal drip tray had a connection for the drain hose, one would no be able to connect the hose without having excessive hose to disconnect and connect. This excessive hose can cause the same issue. Removal of the hose too many times can cause wear and tear on the drain hose at the connection.

        In addition, the elbow would usually require a nut on the inside portion of the drip tray. This nut would NOT allow the drip tray to fully clear 100% all the expired fluids of the drip tray. Hence, the drip tray would need to be removed more often for manual cleaning which become difficult because the tray is not easily removable.

        Lelit mentioned to raise the level of only the two (2) front feet as a possible solution.

        We will advise to run hot water through the hose to straighten it out from the original curl. The hose needs to drop 1 inch for every 12 inches across. In some cases on other machines, where there is a curl in the drain hose, we will temporarily prop some cardboard or items to keep the highest portion of the hose downward. Once the hose flattens, these objects can be removed.

        As for an elbow as mentioned, we found an elbow and fastener that could work. However, it would only raise your drain hose by APPROXIMATELY 3/4" higher. This elbow would require drilling the hole in the drip tray and a holding nut on the inside of the drip tray. And, it may need to be installed while the drip tray is in place because the elbow may interfere with the frame being placed or removed from the machine.  Please note that we have not tried this, and we are unable to guarantee it will raise your hose enough to drain easily.

        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.
      58. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin

        Lelit Bianca Pulsating Pump Gauge

        One reason we ask all Bianca customers to operate the machine in tank mode is to confirm everything is working perfectly. Tank mode becomes a benchmark to determine issues when plumbing in. The direct plumb hose and fitting included with the Bianca has not only be tested by Lelit and 1st-line, but also has been used by dozens of customers who plumbed in the Lelit Bianca espresso machine.

        The grumbling pump 'usually' indicates the rotary pump is pulling for water and is 'usually' indicative of not enough flow. The vibration of the stainless steel braided hose included with the Bianca further supports that there is not enough flow to the pump upstream of the pump. The current water pressure regulator may be doing a good job controlling the water line pressure, but it may be too restrictive in allowing proper flow.

        We suggest temporarily removing the regulator and see if the problem goes away or if it continues to exist, the issue may be further upstream.

        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.
      59. 0 votes
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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.

      60. 0 votes
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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.

         

      61. 0 votes
        Answered by the admin

        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]

      62. 0 votes
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        Sorry for the delay as this question was lost in the shuffle in our systems.

        On question 1, there is a programmed overshoot of the coffee boiler on warm up from a cold start. This algorithm was studied for 2+ years with an espresso academy in Italy.

        With reference to question 2, KPc was set to 20.0, KIc was set to 0, and KDc was set to 20. This was a very aggressive PID setting to have an upswing of temperature during the espresso extraction.

      63. 0 votes
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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.

      64. 0 votes
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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!

      65. 0 votes
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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.

      66. 0 votes
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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.

      67. 0 votes
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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.

      68. 0 votes
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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.

      71. 0 votes
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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".

      73. 0 votes
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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.

      74. 0 votes
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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.

      75. 0 votes
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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!

      76. 0 votes
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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.

      77. 0 votes
        Q What is the recommended four-hole steaming tip for the Bianca? answer now
        Asked by ottmandavid on January 15, 2019 7:51 pm
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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.

      78. 0 votes
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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.

      79. 0 votes
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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.

      80. 0 votes
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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.

      81. 0 votes
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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.

         

      82. 0 votes
        Q How is descaling both boilers performed? answer now
        Asked by Aaron 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.

      83. 0 votes
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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.

      84. 0 votes
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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).

         

      85. 0 votes
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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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