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

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A game-changer in the espresso machine industry! Manual brew pressure profile control during the extraction!

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Now in stock!!! Bianca is beautiful in design and what she produces!

Introducing the PL162T Bianca from Lelit, their newest, double boiler machine. With the Bianca, Lelit continues to outdo themselves and now lead the industry with the widest range of prosumer models. It packs some of the best technology that will make any barista jump for joy.

Not only does the machine include a PID double boiler, for those who are looking to experiment with pressure profiling 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 as the espresso shot is extracting! 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!

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 can be directly plumbed in too (even the drip tray can be drained!) All of these features are encased in a stainless steel body, accented by wooden handles, feet, and lever.

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. In addition, customers can make an appointment to see the machine in action in our Freehold, NJ location.

Features:

Control Brew Pressure on the Fly!

The wooden paddle and brew pressure gauge mounted on top of the grouphead allows full manual control over the brew pressure as you are pulling your shot of espresso. Play with flavor profiles to your hearts content!

Pick a side, any side!

Have you ever seen an espresso machine that gives you a choice where to put the water reservoir? The Bianca does! Even better, it also has the option to be directly plumbed in, including the drip tray.

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 stays nice and hot, especially important to get a nice 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 Bianca shines with stainless steel body polished to a mirror finish. And in the inside, it has two insulated stainless steel boilers with copper tubing connecting the boilers to the grouphead or valves.

Wooden Elements

Less plastic is always a bonus in our eyes. In addition to the portafilter handle being crafted out of wood, the Bianca also has wooden accents on steam / hot water knobs, lever, wooden paddle, and feet!

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. 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 texture less amounts of milk.

The wands are no-burn to the touch. This means they are insulated on the inside and allow 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 a usually a dry puck of coffee to be knocked 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.  Adjustments can be made from 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)

The OPV is set by Lelit to open at 11 bar of brew pressure. Although adjustable, it is strongly recommended not to adjust the OPV because the paddle on the grouphead is 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 the maximum brew pressure needs to be lowered, it is best to adjust the adjustment screw on the rotary vane pump.

Whirlwind of Accessories!

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

Instructional Manual – please read the manual first!!!
Stainless steel inlet water hose (~4’10” L) with adapter fitting and gasket – if plumbing, please use only cold water with a backflow preventer and pressure regulator set to 35psi
Vinyl waste drain hose (~4’8″ L x 3/4″ OD x 1/2″ ID)
Heavy Stainless Steel Cup Warmer Grate
Rechargeable Water Softener Filter good for up to 70 liters of water before recharge – Replace once a year
Lelit Cleaning Cloth
Stainless Steel Cover for Water Reservoir
Awesome 58mm Stainless Steel Tamper
Extra steam tip with (2) 1.0mm holes
Bottomless Portafilter with Wood Handle and Stainless Steel 3-Cup Basket
Dual Spout Portafilter with Wood Handle and Stainless Steel 1-Cup Basket
Additional Stainless Steel 2-cup Filter Basket and Stainless Steel Blind Filter Basket for Backflushing
Plastic Grouphead Cleaning Brush with Nylon Bristles to Clean Grouphead Gasket
Plastic Scoop
Stainless Grate Platform to place over drip tray grate so your espresso cups or shot glass is elevated for improved pour of extraction

Accessories on machine, steam tip with (2) 1.5mm holes ,2.5 liter removable water reservoir, stainless steel drip tray, and stainless steel drip tray grate.

Additional information

Brand

Lelit

Height (inches)

16.5, approximate

Width (inches)

+3.5 For Movable Tank, 11.5, approximate

Depth (inches)

+3.5 For Movable Tank, 17, approximate

Weight (pounds)

53, 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

Notes

  1. Direct Connection 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.
  2. The Bianca final version will be in production in June, 2018.
  3. In the Bianca machine 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The pump is a standard rotary pump, with the screw on the bottom body to adjust the pressure.
  6. 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.
  7. The internal parts of the E61 brewer have been modified to eliminate the mechanical pre-infusion normally present in the standard E61 brewers.
  8. 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. It’s a simple system and our idea was to realize a machine with E61 brewer (retro style), with a manual paddle that  allows the users to play with the brew pressure as they wish.
  10. 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.
  11. It’s a well-built machine and “feels” as well as looks extremely good value for money.

Plumbing

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 in directly to save counter space.

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 preferrable to avoid water line or machine vibrations.

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.

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

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  1. 5 out of 5

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    biancaThe bianca is the best. I use to own the expobar 4 double boiler but this machine is the best . best shot ever and the steamer is so much better then the expobar. I love how quiet this machine is. the best machine ever.

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  1. 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.

     

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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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