Steeping on the success of the PL041TQE, the PL041TEM has an added brew pressure gauge as well as different operational switches on the front panel.
250 ml brass boiler helps keep a constant water temperature and facilitate the espresso coffee extraction. Please note that during an espresso extraction, the incoming cold water will reduce the temperature in the PID display. This is normal.
1000 watt heating element for quicker reaction time when cold water enters the boiler.
Three-way solenoid valve allows immediate removal of the portafilter immediately after the espresso extraction has ceased (or when the pump switch in coffee mode is turned off).
Polished stainless steel body and frame can not rust.
57 mm filterholder to be used either with ground coffee or coffee pods (hint: pods do not really work well on this machine).
Security thermostat and security valve for a better pressure control.
PID boiler temperature controller allows temperature of the boiler to be programmed for different coffees.
In steam mode, the temperature shown on the PID display will be higher than the programmed temperature.
External manometer, or brew pressure gauge, to check in real time the brew pressure created by the resistance created by the coffee grind fineness, the tamping pressure, and the amount of ground coffee in the basket.
Professional multi-directional steam wand that enables you to prepare creamy cappuccinos.
Stainless steel drip tray cover and plastic drip tray are removable for easy cleaning.
Power switch on back of unit.
Pump switch is to activate the pump for coffee or hot water mode.
Three way switch allows user to select espresso coffee mode, hot water dispensing mode, and steam mode.
Accessories included: instructional manual, dual spout portafilter, single cup filter basket, double cup filter basket, single E.S.E. pod basket, plastic scoop, and plastic tamper.
WARNING: This is a single boiler machine. Machines in this class do not fill the internal boiler from the reservoir automatically. Since the water level drops in the boiler during steaming, you need to replenish this to avoid damage to the heating element. The only way to do this is to run water through the steam wand with the hot water switch. This does not apply when extracting espresso.
Quickest warm up time for a brass boiler at ~10 minutes due to the high wattage of the heating element - we found this to be very convenient for morning warm ups, especially when in a rush.
A good coffee bean grinder is strongly recommended to produce a better cup: Lelit PL53.
Cleaning: The best thing is to run descaler like normal through the head as well as through the steam wand. This should be performed once a month. This is the minimum requirement for cleaning the internals of the machine.
Tamper, Backflush Insert, and Ascaso Detergent. If you back flush (recommended) using these products once a week, you do not need to remove the dispersion screen.
This machine is pod-capable. Please note though, shots from pods will never be as good as a pod-only machine and the pod use on this machine will not be as good as fresh consistently ground coffee used on this machine.
Just to prevent any possible rumors, we are NOT clearing out any PL41 inventory for the PL51 model made by Lelit. We will not be carrying the PL51 machine as we do not like the cheaper switches placed on this machine, plus the fact that there is no three-way solenoid valve (good to have as this allows the user to immediately remove the portafilter right after turning off the coffee switch).