Lelit PL41EM Anna Espresso Machine

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Lelit PL41EM Anna Home Espresso Machine

Overview:

Known as the “simplest machine to be a barista at home”, the Lelit Anna is an excellent unit for beginner baristas that are looking to make delicious espresso! The steam wand is perfect for making cappuccinos and lattes, and it generates enough hot water for standard American coffee. While this is a perfect home model, this is also suitable for one’s own small office space. If you are looking to make a small number of espresso beverages a day, then this could be the machine for you! Furthermore, if you are interested in a grinder to go with the Lelit PL41EM, then check out the Lelit PL044MM Fred!

Single boiler, dual-purpose system
  • Brass: The small 250 ml boiler helps keep a constant water temperature and facilitate the espresso coffee extraction.
  • High wattage heating element: 1000 watt heating element for quicker reaction time when cold water enters the boiler.
  • Very quick warm-up time: We clocked the warm-up time for this machine (this includes the grouphead and portafilter when locked in) to be ~10 minutes. This is mainly due to the high wattage of the heating element and small size brass boiler. We found this to be very convenient for morning warm-ups, especially when in a rush.
  • Three-way solenoid valve: Allows immediate removal of the portafilter immediately after the espresso extraction (or when the pump switch in coffee mode is off).
  • Pressure gauge – Displays in real time the pressure during coffee extraction. Only 9-10 bar is necessary to make espresso. This gauge will help perfect your espresso shot.
Controls
  • Push-button: Oval chromed switches for power, coffee, and steam.
  • Steam/water knob:  Located on the right of the espresso machine. It allows you to control the intensity of the steam or water output.
Steam/water wand
  • Swivel: The wand comes with a plastic grip. This helps you move the steam wand and protects your fingers from burning.
  • Multi-purpose: Used for both steam or hot water depending on the current mode.
  • Short wait time: This is due to the small boiler and high wattage heating element.
  • Frothing aid: The wand has this extra piece that injects extra air along with the steam. This helps in creating a more “frothy” texture. If the pinhole in the frothing aid is clogged, the frothing aid will make a super loud noise.
Construction
  • Stainless steel body and frame: Polished to a mirror finish and rust-resistant.
  • Water tank visibility: There is an opening on the left side of the machine. This allows you to see the water level. This is a lot easier than opening the top cover and peeking in.
  • Water tray grate: The tray is plastic. The cover is stainless steel. Both are removable for easy cleaning.
  • Power cord: The cord is completely detachable from the machine. This helps prevent damage if you are moving or long term storing the machine. It also fits nicely in the drip tray.
Accessories included
  • Cup warmer: Passive heat from the boiler below helps warms up cups.
  • Portafilters: Dual spout portafilter.
  • Filter baskets: 1-cup filter basket which holds approximately 7 grams. 2-cup filter basket which holds approximately 14 grams. Pod filter basket for use with E.S.E. pods. 57 mm in diameter.
  • Tamper: A cheap plastic tamper. Manufacturers will normally include a tamper like this to keep the overall selling price of the machine low. We recommend upgrading to a better tamper.
  • Coffee scoop: A simple plastic scoop if you are using pre-ground coffee.

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

Brand

Lelit

Height (inches)

13, approximate

Width (inches)

10, approximate

Depth (inches)

9, approximate

Weight (pounds)

16

Wattage (watts)

1000

Voltage (volts)

110

Portafilter size (mm)

57

Tank capacity (liters)

2.7

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.

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    1. 0 votes
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      Sorry, we do not.

    2. 0 votes
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      Yes, the 57mm versions. We have the plastic black handle and plastic brown handle.

    3. 0 votes
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      There is a video link right on the product page where JavaJim discusses the differences.

    4. 0 votes
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      After evaluating the machine, it has been determined that the water caused this issue. After descaling and multiple rinses after steam mode, the problem resolved.

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      Answered by the admin Cool down is running water through the steam wand until the ready light turns off (or on in some versions). This insures the internal boiler is filled and the temperature is brought back down. After depressing the steaming switch, bleed some water through the steam valve by opening it with the knob, close it, heat up for another 30-45 seconds, bleed quickly again any condensation in the steam wand, place the pitcher in place and open the steam valve again.
    6. 0 votes
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      It is normal for the heat light to come on during an extraction as incoming cold water will reduce the temperature of the boiler, the PID sensor will pick up the reducing temperature, and the heating element will click on. Hence, the heat light will activate.

      A Press the middle button for steam. When the bottom light comes on you are ready to steam. Depress the steam button when you want to pull a shot. When the bottom light comes on you're ready to brew. Then, you can press the bottom button to brew.
    7. 0 votes
      A Check the pin hole on the milk frothing attachment. If it is blocked, it will first inhibit frothing then will eventually become fully blocked and become a lot louder. It is about 3 cm down from the top of the jacket attachment.
      A Sorry first response definitely wrong. Buy some Rinza do a double flush. You've probably just clogged the line with milk. While you're at it get cafiza do both weekly.
      A Ok. Thx. I'll give that a try. Seems to be awfully fast if it clogged in one week. The steam coming out is strong. There is no pressure issue. It's the heat. It seems like it is overheating the steam?
    8. 0 votes
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      Bleed some water from the wand as soon as you depress the steam switch so there is some air space in the boiler to make more steam.

    9. 0 votes
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      Sorry, it can not be interchanged as the holding nut on the wand of the TEM is too large for the hole on the EM.

    10. 0 votes
      Q Is this a panarello steaming wand? answer now
      Asked by Chris on June 18, 2020 9:51 pm
      A I believe it is. It has a hole on top. It does a good job and works well for me. Just be sure to keep it clean. If the hole is obstructed it will make a lot of noise.
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      The unit can not be back flushed with this spring and grommet. Older units require these 2 parts. These older units may not have had a solenoid valve inside as the previous .

    13. 0 votes
      Q Can l raplacing steamar lelit pl41em to long? answer now
      Asked by Danny on May 29, 2020 4:13 pm
      Answered by the admin

      Sorry, there are no replacements available.

    14. 0 votes
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      This sounds like a model we did not carry. This is why we do not have these parts listed on our web site. Unfortunately, some people like to buy grey market goods by buying merchandise from outside the USA.

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      A It is a dual purpose light. The fact it is on means you are ready to either : pull a shot, hot water out of the wand - or if you have the steam button pushed then that means you are ready to steam. It is only applicable to it's steaming capabilities when you have that function engaged.
    16. 0 votes
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      Yes, we recommend backflushing first. If the line does not clear, it may need to be manually cleaned after the machine is unplugged from the wall outlet and cooled down.

    17. 0 votes
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      As long as the machine is heating, taste is a result of the preparation and the coffee blend used. If it is too bitter, it could be from not bringing the steam temperature down after steaming milk. If it is too sour, it can be from not heating the machine and portafilter properly. However, certain coffee blends and their roast styles can cause bitterness or sourness. Again, the flavor profile is a result of the preparation and coffee blend used.

    18. 0 votes
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      If the steam has no where to go, the grouphead will open to release. You can start steaming before the machine shows ready for steaming.

       

    19. 0 votes
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      Laws of physics will never allow a result of 2 pours even across 2 shot glasses or cups.

    20. 0 votes
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      The longer hose or the hose with the particle filter is the inbound filter.

      The brew pressure gauge indicates the resistance created by the grind fineness, amount of coffee in the filter basket and the tamping pressure. These need to be adjusted.

      Difficulty locking the portafilter into the grouphead is caused by too much coffee in the basket. Test without coffee and it should at least get to 5 o'clock.

      The gaskets do soften a little, but harden over time.

      The KRUPS grinder is the problem. This why you can not get enough resistance in the puck with this grinder. Yes, the portafilters will work with the Ascaso grinders.

    21. 0 votes
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      Every 6-12 months, replace the grouphead gasket and dispersion screen (check versus old shower screen).

      Backflush every 50 espresso extractions with detergent using a 57mm blind filter.

      Recharge the optional water softener every 2 weeks and replace it every 6 months.

    22. 0 votes
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      No. Purified, distilled, or reverse osmosis water can eat at the metals inside an espresso machine. Plus, minerals are needed to extract the oils from the espresso.

    23. 0 votes
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      The steam wand on this espresso machine has a frothing aid to assist with frothing milk. Anything is possible to change, but it usually not cost effective to upgrade the wand as it would be better to get the PL41TEM machine with the upgraded wand.

    24. 0 votes
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      Sorry, it is our opinion that it is better to purchase the TEM model espresso machine before trying to upgrade the steam wand on this espresso machine.

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      Q How does this compare to the Rancilio Silvia? answer now
      Asked by Robert on August 5, 2019 2:38 pm
      Answered by the admin
      1. Good question. On price, it beats it.
      2. Due to the much higher price, the Silvia has a stronger steel frame which is painted and can rust. The thinner stainless steel does not rust.
      3. The Lelit is a smaller espresso machine that takes up less space. The Lelit Anna EM has a frothing aid to froth milk, so it is more for beginners or the less experienced. The Rancilio Silvia espresso machine has a little more steam power with its commercial type wand, but it can take longer to learn.
      4. Some prefer the 58mm portafilters on Miss Silvia espresso machine, but the 57mm portafilters do work quite well on the Anna EM espresso machine.
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      Q Can the wand also dispense hot water for Lungo/Americano? answer now
      Asked by Mark on August 1, 2019 11:39 am
      Answered by the admin Yes, it can. Please read the instructions on how to do this.
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      Q How many bars of pressure does this get? answer now
      Asked by Dale on July 22, 2019 11:55 am
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      The pump can produce up to 19, but the OPV opens the pressure between 9 and 11 bar to avoid excess strain on the pump. If the coffee grind is not fine enough and/or too little coffee is in the filter basket, then the resistance will not allow the pump to reach a higher pressure. Hence, the pump try to overcome the resistance created in the filter basket.

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