Lelit PL62S-T Mara Heat Exchange Commercial Espresso Machine w/ built in PID Sensor

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Description

SPECIAL LIMITED OFFER!!! A huge legend in a small body – Mara is placed at the prestigious end of many home espresso machine. It combines the best technology ever – the legendary E61 grouphead inside an incredibly compact, full stainless steel body. The result: a marvelous, appealing and super compact espresso machine enabling to apply barista’s golden rules and extract the most tasty espressos and cappuccinos you can dream of.

This version of the Mara comes with a built-in PID Sensor.  This helps keep a steady boiler temperature, better than a pressurstat in terms of temperature management and in terms of reliability. Although this unit does not have a user programmable PID controller interface to change the boiler temperature, the manufacturer has a preset temperature for the boiler based on years of studying the PID.

Features:

  • Polymer tubing connecting boiler to steam and hot water valves are alimentary, withstand high pressure, withstand high temperatures up to 620 °F, facilitate easier repairs, and most importantly, are limescale free.
  • Stainless steel body with a satin finish (exterior only).
  • Dual pressure gauge – Top part measures boiler pressure (0 – 4 bar). Bottom part measures pump pressure (0 – 16 bar).
  • Separate indicator lights – Left light is for power to indicate the machine is powered on. Right light is for the heating element to indicate when the heating element is energized.
  • Multi-directional, no burn steam and no burn hot water wand and 2 hole steam tip.
  • Professional grade portafilter – double spout handle – with 58 mm with Lelit logo imprinted on the filter head.
  • Adjustable over pressure valve – top cover and body panel need to be removed to adjust. We do not recommend this as the pump pressure can be regulated by the grind fineness, amount of coffee in the basket, as well as the tamping presure.
  • Water reservoir has a two stage shut off. One shut off is for when removing the reservoir. The second shut off is a magnetic float to power off the heating element when the reservoir is low on water.
  • Manual resettable safety thermostat on top of boiler – this usually occurs if the PID sensor
  • E61 grouphead – hot water circulates from the heat exchanger through the grouphead and back to keep the grouphead to keep your portafilter nice and hot.
  • 1.4 liter copper boiler, insulated on side, with heat exchanger and thermo-siphon double cycle system to have the brewing group and the boiler always hot, at the right temperature determined by the manufacturer
  • Extremely low feet to create a very low profile
  • Power plug completely removable from rear of machine – make sure it is thoroughly plugged in as a weak connection can cause a fire hazard.
  • Accessories: Instructional manual, dual spout portafilter with 2-cup basket, cheap plastic tamper, plastic scoop, and blind filter basket/insert

Additional information

Brand

Lelit

Height (inches)

14.5, approximate

Width (inches)

9, approximate

Depth (inches)

16, approximate

Weight (pounds)

42

Wattage (watts)

1500

Voltage (volts)

120

Boiler capacity (liters)

1.4

Portafilter size (mm)

58

Tank capacity (liters)

2.5

Country of manufacture

Italy

Notes

  • Comparison to the PL62 version:
    • The PL62S has a plastic tamper. The PL62 has an upgraded tamper.
    • The PL62S has a 2 spout portafilter. The PL62 has a 1 spout portafilter and a 2 spout portafilter.
    • The PL62S has plastic steam / hot water knobs. The PL62 has upgraded knobs similar to the PL62T.
  • Direct water connection: The Lelit PL62T Mara is currently NOT available with a direct water connection. It can only operate with a water tank / reservoir.
  • Low water alarm: The beep of the low water alarm starts slow for about 20 seconds. In this time there is power to the heating element. After the 20 seconds the heating element is no longer powered and the beep increases the frequency.

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1 review for Lelit PL62S-T Mara Heat Exchange Commercial Espresso Machine w/ built in PID Sensor

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Lelit PL62S-T MaraI have been using this machine for about 3 weeks now, and I am extremely happy with it. I currently own an Orchestrale Nota in my home, and bought the Lelit for a smaller apartment space I was renting. For a small machine, it performs very well. It has been quite consistent, even making 4-6 espresso drinks (while pulling steam) in a row without issue. I am also impressed with the water reservoir size, and the speed that the heating element does it's job. It is certainly a smaller unit, so please don't expect a café machine, but the important parts of the machine perform extremely well for it's intended purpose.

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  1. 0 votes
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    Thanks for your question. 

    It's true that a water softener will be the most effective method of preventing limescale from building up in your machine. The water softener, wet or dry, is good for one year. It shouldn't dry out after one night of being out of water, it can be left in the tank if you plan to change the water daily. It would probably take up to two weeks for the water softener to dry out; and even if it does, it can be recharged and used again. 

    That being said, while changing the water daily in your machine is proactive, it isn't absolutely necessary. Water can be left in the reservoir for 3-4 days before needing to be changed. The tank should be washed with non-abrasive dish detergent every two weeks or so. Hope this helps.

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    Yes, it is. However, in some cases if not careful enough, it can get damaged.

  3. 0 votes
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    First, we prefer that customers utilize preventive measures to prevent limescale by using a water softener. One reason is descaling can eat at the metals, the metal's finish, any in-tank filter/softener, and the gaskets inside the machine. This is why limescale prevention is better.

    Second, in some cases, the machine will need a descaling. It is best to not pour in the descaler into the reservoir. Mix it with water outside of the reservoir.

    Most importantly, if there is a water softener attached to the intake hose, please remove it before adding the descaling solution to the reservoir.

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    First, the heat exchange system has to have water. If idle, a vacuum can be created in the system. A preflush needs to fill it up. Also, if the grind is too fine, this can stop the preinfusion.

    The previously mentioned 4 bar pressure is the system pressure built up inside the HX with steam in the HX. If water escaped through the OPV or evaporated, the active pre-infusion with the lever may not work.

    First step, remove water softener (if unit has one in tank) and run a good descaler through the grouphead as there is a small possibility that the gicleur got clogged with contaminants or dried water from manufacturer's testing.

    Second step, if descaling does not work, unplug the machine from the outlet and the body panel panel will need to be removed (T15 screws on top) and 2 on each side, and 5 Philips screws on bottom holding body panel. The nut on the switch needs to be loosened counterclockwise with with a 14mm open end crescent wrench lightly touch to start to avoid scratching. Loosen nut out by hand, but do not remove nut, then push switch inwards. With a finger or flathead screwdriver, turn the internal nut clockwise 2-3 rotations. Pull switch outwards, then hand tighten outside nut and tighten 1/8th turn with 144mm wrench.

    Being very careful and not sticking anything inside machine, test. Adjust as necessary. Once done, unplug machine and assemble body panel. We have a private video we can share going over the second step.

  5. 0 votes
    A My understanding is that pre-infusion occurs as a NORMAL part of the process when the group lever is in the fully turned position; it is NOT something the operator does by using the midway position. You can actually tell that something like this must be going on by observing the pressure dial: for the first 8-10 seconds, the dial is at about 4 bar, and then for the remaining 20 seconds (during which coffee is actually flowing out of the portafilter), it is at 9 bar. During those first 8-10 seconds, pre-infusion is actually occurring. This is also confirmed by studying the E61 group design (there is a separate chamber that is mechanically activated during the first phase that facilitates pre-infusion, and then is deactivated for the remainder of the time). As far as what the mid-position of the lever is used for, that is a mystery to me. It seems to allow water to come out of the group, but without any pressure. I actually use this to clean the filter, in the following way. After pulling a shot, to clean the group filter of grounds that are stuck on it, I put the lever on mid-position, which allows some water to flow, and I then use a brush (the Pallo) to remove the grounds. The slight flow of water helps a lot. But that's just how I use it, and not necessarily what the mid-position was designed for. If there is a designed/prescribed use, I'd certainly be interested in knowing what it is.
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    We do not recommend removing the dispersion screen as there is a change that it will be damaged. We recommend backflushing for cleaning.

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