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

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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

3-cup bottomless portafilter with smooth wodden handle included with the machine.

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 (subject to change on final version). 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.

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. Situated underneath tank / reservoir, so adjustments can be made from underneath the espresso machine.

OPV (Overpressure Valve)

The OPV is set by Lelit to open at 12 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 12 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.

More, including additional accessories, to come as we have the prototype in our showroom!

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)

49, 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.

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  1. 0 votes
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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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

     

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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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