Bianca is beautiful in design and 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 sweetneess. On light roasts, experiment with any of your imaginary profile to find the best flavor in the cup!
Introducing the PL162T Bianca espresso machine 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! 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.